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44th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii

Upon my drive home from the beach last Sunday, I stopped by the bustling 44th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii at Kapiolani Park, Waikiki. Following are photos of the many finely crafted new Ukuleles, as well as an incredible collection of invaluable vintage ukes that would make any collector envious, including highly sought after makers such as Nunes, Martin and Kamaka.

Note (pun intended), these were all taken with my Galaxy Note 3, not my Canon PowerShot S100, so color balance and detail aren’t as great, yet not bad for a camera phone.


From the Big Island of Hawaii, Kanile’a Ukulele (same for the two perspective shots above)…

Big Island beach sand inlay in the logo on the headstock…

Kanile’a Ukulele owner Joe Souza (center; my peeps!), his son on the right, and one of his master craftsmen on the left…

Pukana La Ukulele…

Imua Ukulele

D&D Ukulele


Ukulele Friend

According to the curator, this one-of-kind Manuel Nunes Uke is valued at over $7k…

A really old Kamaka…

The Ukulele Site

Tahitian Banjo…

Kala Brand Ukulele

KoAloha Ukulele

‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii

Kamaka Ukulele


44th Annual Ukulele Festival food vendors…

Angry Birds Ukulele game…

The object of the Angry Birds Ukulele Game is to knock down all three Ukulele neck/headstocks with the sling-shot stuffed Angry Bird.. how cool is that!…

Hacky-Sack Ukulele sound puka toss game… how cool is that!…

Uncle Willie K jams with hundreds of Keiki on Uke…

For more information, please visit www.UkuleleFestivalHawaii.org


3 thoughts on “44th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii

  • July 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Ho da pretty the Kanilea stay. We had an old pineapple, but my sister inherited that one. I did not know they still made them. I better tell her to oil it. It must be 60 or 70 years old.

  • July 26, 2014 at 5:18 am


    Regarding the Kanile’a line of ukes, indeed. If you seen their ukes up close, the attention to detail and finish of the Kanile’a ukuleles were all top notch, not to mention the design variety. According to Joe Souza’s son (my peeps!), they can pretty much do any inlay you want, anywhere on the uke, being they have the laser equipment. Just send them the graphic of your logo, name, etc., and they can inlay it anywhere on your uke, with whatever inlay material you want (mother of Pearl, alt. wood, sand, etc.). Super nice folks.

  • July 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Great Festival. Food awesome the grill meats with guave sauce made it a special bar b q and price not bad. I been a Ota San fan for a long time and wonderful to see him at the festival.


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