Get ready for fun, food and music at Maui's 13th Annual ‘Ukulele Festival

Posted by Staff Writer on Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 11:43am.

Bring your beach chairs and blankets because this weekend, you can spend a Sunday on the lawn of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with friends, delicious food and some of the state’s most famed musicians at the 13th annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival.

The 2018 festival is free to the public and runs Sunday, September 30th, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Roy Sakuma, renowned ‘ukulele teacher and founder of the first and original ‘ukulele festival in 1971, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Before Sunday’s event, Sakuma will also be holding a free ‘ukulele workshop in the McCoy Studio Theater on Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m.; no pre-registration is required. The workshop is open to children and adults, and is designed for beginning and intermediate players.

During Sunday’s festival, you’ll have a chance to hear from some of the finest ‘ukulele musicians, including: Willie K, Paula Fuga, Kanekoa, Kamakakehau Fernandez, the Hula Honeys, Andrew & Jay Molina, Halemanu, Mike Kane, Arlie-Avery Asiu and Kris Fuchigama. The Kalama Intermediate ‘Ukulele Band and Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble are also scheduled to be there, along with several other musicians and groups.

But that’s not all. The Maui Arts and Cultural Center will also be giving out door prizes throughout the afternoon, along with several finely crafted ‘ukulele provided by Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, Koaloha ‘Ukulele, Ko’olau ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, and Bounty Music.

Plus, there will be fun for the whole family. Check out displays of locally-made arts and crafts, in addition to ‘ono-licious island food from vendors including Maui Cones, Outrigger Pizza Co., Kalei’s Lunch Box, Maui Cookie Lab and Real Fruit Ice Cream. But just so you’re aware, no outside food, drinks or coolers are allowed.

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