‘Ukulele Jams to benefit Japan’s tsunami survivors Saturday (April 9)


The Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Incorporated presents ‘Ukulele Jams on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10am-sundown at the Lihikai Hawaiian Cultural Learning Center in Keaukaha. A benefit for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, this free concert features some of the island’s finest musicians including Grammy award-winning artist Keoki Kahumoku, Brittni Paiva, Buddy and Sammi Fo, Konabob Stoffer… and you!

‘Ukulele players from beginner to advanced are invited to bring their instrument and participate in a kanikapila like no other. Start with lessons in proper jam etiquette and tuning techniques, then follow along with the aid of visuals and wandering instructors. As performers take the stage, they’ll teach attendees some of their favorite songs, from Hawaiian mele to jazz and everything in between. The list of entertainers grows daily and also includes Andy Andrews of the ‘Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, Keone Turalde, Grammy award-winner Sonny Lim, and Colin John. This unique opportunity to learn from some of the best and make beautiful music is free and open to the public.

Participants can take advantage of free string changing for all 4-string ‘ukulele. In the market for a new ‘ukulele? Custom instruments made and donated by various ‘ukulele builders from Hawai‘i will be available for sale.

Calabash donations to aid relief efforts in Japan will be accepted throughout the day. Participants should bring their own lunch and water, along with a beach chair and of course, their ‘ukulele. If you have a favorite song, bring it along to share, too. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For more information visit KeokiKahumoku.com

A house lies upended among debris following an 9.0-magnitude earthquake, which triggered a devastating tsunami through this Japanese coastal city. Teams from the United States, United Kingdom and China are on scene to assist in searching for missing residents. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Daniel Sanfo

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