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.

Enjoy.

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

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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

Martin…

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