Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii draws thousands

Konishiki Yasokichi
Konishiki Yasokichi

By Diane Ako - bio | email

KAKAAKO - It was a picture perfect day in the park to enjoy a little music, a little food, and some gorgeous views. Top entertainers from Hawaii and Japan took the stage at the first Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii. It's been going on for a decade in Japan, and this year the promoter wanted to bring it to the Aloha state.

About 2,000 people turned out for the free concert and the food booths. It's a benefit for the Ukulele Foundation of Hawaii and Konishiki Kids Foundation. Founder Konishiki Yasokichi explained that the purpose of his non-profit is "to push education. That's my thing. People, through hardships, understand how important education is to get to the next level. I help them understand that to get a good job it takes education."

Konishiki Kids Foundation helps broaden the horizons of the Leeward Coast children to make a difference in their community. And the Ukulele Foundation of Hawaii is a non-profit organization that supports music in education.