(HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii non-profit organization Music For Life Foundation is urging ukulele players of all ages and skill levels to participate in "GO FOR DA RECORD," a fundraiser and event to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest ukulele ensemble.
"GO FOR DA RECORD," the ukulele world record attempt event, will take place this weekend on Oct. 22, 2011 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 10 a.m. The current record was set on August 20, 2011 in Helsingborg, Sweden with 1547 participants.
To participate in "GO FOR DA RECORD," register online at www.gofordarecord.org. Registration will also be available at the gate on the morning of the event, however, online registration is encouraged to avoid congestion and long lines.
Oahu-born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will provide a 30-minute "warm-up" performance prior to the world record attempt and will lead the performance by more than 1500 ukulele players who will attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
The event is also a benefit that will raise funds for two initiatives led by the Music For Life Foundation. Along with the goals to further emphasize the global appeal of the ukulele and to make music history in Hawaii, Music for Life will donate 80 percent of the net proceeds to Rainbow For Japan Kids — a program that, with the help of corporate sponsors and volunteer organizations, identifies Japan earthquake and tsunami affected children and brings them to Hawaii for a visit of educational, learning and healing experiences. The remainder of the proceeds from the event will be used for the purchase of ukuleles and other musical "tools" to be donated to Hawaii's schools.
This record-breaking attempt in Hawaii will not merely be one of mass participation. Each ukulele-playing participant is required to play a common musical piece in unison with the group. In addition, this single-piece performance must be at least five minutes long to qualify for the Guinness World Record title. The musical piece that will be performed is newly composed by Shimabukuro.
A $10 player participant fee will include an exclusive commemorative participant cap and a certificate of participation. Admission is free for non-playing attendees who are interested in watching this spectacular event, but a monetary donation is suggested.
For more information and continual updates, please visit www.gofordarecord.org
Music for Life Foundation is also seeking individual and corporate sponsors for the ukulele event. For more information about the Music for Life Foundation, please contact Leo Daquioag or visit www.musicforlifefound.org
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