Join us as we celebrate Hawaiʻi’s musical ambassador, the ʻukulele, and the many songs it has inspired over the years and continues to inspire today. It’s compact size and simple tuning make it a comfortable instrument for the novice musician to begin his or her melodic journey. Its popularity is largely due to it being a musical accompaniment to hula and the introduction of both to the world on Hollywood’s silver screen in the 1920s. Over the years, the basic quarter note strum has been reinvented into elaborate picking and fast-paced dotted rhythms; creating a new cohort of ʻukulele virtuosos. This year’s Aloha Festivals focusses on the ʻukulele’s ability to bring people together, to create lasting memories, and to inspire endearing lyrics that last generations. We invite you! E hoʻokani pila pū kākou! Let’s make music together as we commemorate Nā Mele ʻUkulele – Songs of the ʻUkulele!