HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai'i non-profit organization Music For Life Foundation is urging ukulele players of all ages and skill levels to participate in "GO FOR DA RECORD …HANA HOU!," a fundraiser and ukulele concert event. The main activity will be a 2nd attempt (hana hou) to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest ukulele ensemble. "GO FOR DA RECORD…HANA HOU!," the ukulele event, will be from 4-9 p.m. on April 28, 2012 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawai'i, with the world record to be attempted at 7 p.m. The current record was set on Aug. 20, 2011 in Helsingborg, Sweden with 1547 participants.
'Ukulele performances will kick-off "GO FOR DA RECORD …HANA HOU!,". Following the world record attempt, additional celebratory performances by ukulele-playing masters and idols will close the evening. Oahu-born ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, will again lead the ensemble in the world record attempt with Hawaiian 105 KINE Radio and Television Personality Billy V repeating his appearance as emcee.
Along with ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, other ukulele artists from Hawai'i including Kalei Gamiao, Jody Kamisato, Bruce Shimabukuro, Derick Sebastian, Taimane Garner, Brittni Paiva, Chris Salvador, Aldrine Guerrero, Bryan Tolentino and groups Heart and Soul and Kanile'a have committed their time and support with brief performances in the upcoming music benefit for Hawaii schoolchildren. Young ukulele sensation, Sungha Jung from Korea has also offered his support and will travel to Hawaii to be in attendance and provide a brief performance.
For the record-breaking attempt, 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 composed by Shimabukuro and available for viewing HERE!
Participation in "GO FOR DA RECORD…HANA HOU!" is free to all ukulele-playing participants and player registration is required. Registration is available online and will also be available at the arena on the day of the event. Online registration is encouraged to avoid congestion and long lines. Admission fee for all other spectators and attendees is $10.00 (Children under the age of 5 are free). Ukulele player sponsorship opportunities, participation and prizes are, and will continue to be, available.
Along with the goals to further emphasize the global appeal of the ukulele and to make music history in Hawai'i, the event is a benefit that will raise funds for music and arts program initiatives led by the Music For Life Foundation. Music for Life will also donate a portion of the net proceeds to support 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 majority of the proceeds from the event will be used to purchase ukuleles and other musical "tools" for Hawaii's schools.
"I am delighted to support this event that will benefit the needs that are very important to me," said Shimabukuro. "Bringing music education back into our local schools and helping the children of Japan who were devastated by the tsunami and earthquake through Hawaii's Rainbow For Japan Kids program, are two causes that I hold close to my heart."
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