Ukulele virtuoso dedicates new musical clubhouse for keiki

The clubhouse opened at his alma mater Ala Wai Elem.

Ukulele virtuoso dedicates new musical clubhouse for keiki
Jake Shimabukuro performed at Ala Wai Elementary School for the opening of the school's new musical clubhouse, which is named in his honor. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro returned to his alma mater Ala Wai Elementary School Tuesday for the opening of a new music clubhouse named in his honor.

The “Jake Shimabukuro Clubhouse — For Music Learning and Appreciation” is equipped with a a huge range of instruments — including more than 100 ukulele.

Shimabukuro, a ukulele virtuoso and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, was there for a special dedication ceremony and performed for the students.

“We have a stage, we have microphones, you guys can go in there and record your own CD,” Shimabukuro said.

Known as “Jake’s Clubhouse," the space also features a classroom space, mini recording studio, performance stage and ukulele repair workshop.

The school also unveiled its Legacy Wall.

On top of that, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell proclaimed October 2nd as Jake Shimabukuro Day.

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