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Ukulele festival at Kapiolani Park draws thousands

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Musicians young and old gathered Sunday to celebrate an instrument with close ties to Hawaii. 

Thousands packed the Kapiolani Park Bandstand for the 42nd annual Ukulele Festival. 

The event featured musicians from countries around the world such as South Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan. 

Musician Roy Sakuma started the event in 1971.

"I just think the ukulele is very unique because a guitar has six strings and an ukulele has four.  It's different, it has a really cool sound and I really like messing around on it", said musician Aidan James.

Strummers from the Roy Sakuma ukulele band also put on a show for the crowd.  Since then it's grown to be the largest ukulele festival in the world.

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