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Summer 2014 Events

HIGHLIGHTS: Scroll down to read reviews by the date of the event

Summer: (July - September 2014)
July 19. Celebration of Bailey at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
July 20. Ukulele Festival at Waikiki, Oahu.
September 13. Oral History & Sing-Along, Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
September 19-21. Maui Marathon at Kaanapali.
September 26. FAM Workshop for sales staff at Hilo Hattie store, Oahu.

REVIEWS

July 19. Celebration of Bailey at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

The Hawaiian Serenaders kicked off Saturday's entertainment lineup at the first time event to honor Edward Bailey, original owner of the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. We were thrilled when Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr. clapped and cheered us on as he stood next to the stage as we played "Uwehi Ami and Slide." During our 30-minute set, we played a few songs from our just released CD "Hawaiian Songs and Stories" available for sale at the Museum. The album has 7 traditional Hawaiian songs along with 7 oral history stories about those songs. During the stories, I also mention that listeners can learn to play the songs via monthly online lessons on my website. After our performance, we talked with Uncle Richard Hoopii (a living treasure), my ukulele students and friends who came to hear us play. (See photos)

July 20. Ukulele Festival at Waikiki, Oahu.

What a great time I had on Oahu as a spectator and not as a participant in the 44th Annual Ukulele Festival organized by Roy and Kathy Sakuma in Kapiolani Park at Waikiki, Oahu! On Saturday, the day before, I flew to Oahu after The Hawaiian Serenaders performed on stage at the Celebration of Bailey event at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku, Maui. On Sunday, July 20, I attended the biggest ukulele festival in Hawaii. I was impressed at how well organized the event was from shuttle buses to the parking lot at Kapiolani Community College, to the clean portable restroom facilities, to the many vendor tents and food tents to accommodate the thousands of people at the festival. Twenty ukulele groups from around the world performed on the main stage and food tent stage. Besides the music, I enjoyed walking around and talking to the ukulele vendors. I happened to meet David Chen, the president of the Taiwan Ukulele Association, and I showed him some of my ukulele strums as we jammed together. (See photos)

September 13. Oral History and Sing-Along at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

Ten people came Saturday to my talk on Queen Lili'uokalani, the first in the series of Oral History and Sing-Along programs at the museum. Most of the attendees were my ukulele students from Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. Some of the new people I talked to heard about the event from the Maui Scene insert of The Maui News. The Bailey House advertised in three different sections of the newspaper (Scene, Local Briefs, and Datebook), plus we posted on Facebook and emails to Museum members and my ukulele students, but the low turnout was disappointing. I put together a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation of 24 slides with photos, and then taught how to pronounce and sing 5 Hawaiian songs during the 2-hour presentation. I was glad to hear positive feedback after all the hard work and research it took to put everything together. My next programs will be next year for Prince Kuhio Day and Kamehameha Day, both fall on Hawaii state holidays. I'm also going to offer the programs to Kaunoa Senior Center as part of the "Lunch and Learn Series" of Hawaiian history presentations that I've given in years past. (Read more)

September 19 - 21. Maui Marathon at Kaanapali.

The Hawaiian Serenaders performed 4 times in 3 days, from Friday to Sunday.

We performed Friday and Saturday at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Westin Hotel, Saturday night at the carb party, and on Sunday at the finish line. Of course, we performed our signature "Maui Marathon" song which is always a hit. The Maui Marathon is the oldest marathon in the state of Hawaii and west of the Rockies. Next year will be the 45th Marathon. (Read more) (See photos)

September 26. FAM Workshop for sales staff at Hilo Hattie store, Oahu.

I flew to Oahu on Friday to give the workshop, and then stayed the weekend to visit family. This demonstration was to build interest in me giving workshops to cruise ship passenger who frequent the store during the cruise ship season. (Read more) (See photos)



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