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Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Ukulele Picnic 2012

The fourth annual Ukulele Picnic is a day of free performances by international ukulele stars. Pali Kaaihue tells us all about it

Posted January 23, 2012 by Melissa Chang

If you enjoy ukulele music, you’ll love the upcoming Ukulele Picnic, now in its fourth year. It’s an all-day event at Kakaako Waterfront Park featuring about 20 renowned entertainers from Hawaii and Japan, food, activities, and more. Best of all, admission is free.

When I say “renowned,” I do mean super famous. Ukulele legend Herb Ohta, Sr., will perform, as well as Herb Ohta, Jr. (no word on whether they’ll perform together). Na Hoku Award winners like Mark Yamanaka, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kuuipo Kumukahi, David Kamakahi, Ken Makuakane, and Kainani Kahaunaele are just a few of the stars in the lineup. And did I mention it’s free?

Na Hoku Award winner, Pali Kaaihue (known just as “Pali”), sat with me at Koaloha Ukulele to talk about the upcoming Ukulele Picnic and all of the things you can expect to find at this free day-o-fun. If you can play, enter the ukulele contest by February 5 via YouTube, too. Here are the details:

We also interviewed international ukulele star, Mr. Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, the founder of the Ukulele Picnic, to talk about the history of the event and how it’s grown. Check it out — bloopers and all! — on

Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2012
Sunday, February 12
Kakaako Waterfront Park
9 a.m. until sunset
Admission: Free


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  1. turkfontaine
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

    it’s a wonderful instrument. i have two. i like to experiment with minor key tunings, cause that’s the kind of guy i am- dark, brooding, sensitive, troubled.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    @turkfontaine perhaps you will like this event then!! ha

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    hey, this is the same pali i saw performing at willows’ happy hour last week! he was good, funny too. u shd’ve made him play something!

  4. Melissa808
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    @nonstopmari we thought about it, but were out of time. we made him play in the teaser….you saw the teaser for this, right?

  5. Posted January 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    @nonstopmari You mean funny like in this quick promo?

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    @ParkRat YES. moremoremore!!

  7. Melissa808
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    @nonstopmari@ParkRat oooh come to the picnic then!

  8. Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    @Melissa808@nonstopmari I want to! But not sure I can take the WHOLE day! Wonder if there will be a place to plug in for power? Hmmmm…hahaha.

  9. jlieu
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Ohhh… this sounds cool. I am not an ukulele player but I think I will bring my cousin who will be visiting from the mainland! Thanks Melissa!

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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