Annual ukulele festival to bring thousands together

The 46th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii in Waikiki
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 'ukulele, an icon of aloha and Hawai'i's most celebrated instrument, will bring together masterful musicians and thousands of people at the world's first and one of the largest 'ukulele festivals this summer.

Presented by Tony Group Autoplex and Pacific International Realty, the 46th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii is set for Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kapi'olani Park. Attendees will get to enjoy the musical stylings of this year's featured artists, including Jake Shimabukuro, Ohta-San, Willie K, Kalei Gamiao, Paula Fuga, Herb Ohta Jr., Nick Acosta, and the Roy Sakuma 700-piece 'Ukulele Band composed mostly of children.

Out-of-town performers include Ukestralia (Australia); The Bohemian Ukuleles and Sunset Strummers Ukulele Ohana (California); fulare_pad, LeaLea Ukulele Garden and Swima & The Special Swimanians (Japan); and Kolea Ukulele Friends and U Rock (Korea). A second stage in the food tent will allow more performance time for 'ukulele players, and free 'ukulele lessons, 'ukulele displays and giveaways by 'ukulele manufacturers, food booths, and Ukulele Festival souvenir T-shirts add to the festive atmosphere.

Ukulele Festival is free and open to the public. Additionally, free parking and shuttle service in air-conditioned buses from Kapi'olani Community College to Kapiolani Park and back will be available.

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