2nd Annual Ukulele Festival Coming to Lanai in April

With the announcement that the Four Season’s Resorts Lanai plans to host its Second Annual Lanai Ukulele Festival, is it any wonder that I’m writing about this event, and not Sheila?

I am a self-proclaimed ukulele nut, so you can imagine my joy when we arranged to cover the music event this April 13-15. It will be three awesome days of ukulele maestros playing great music, Hawaiian language workshops, and even the chance to jam with Kaliko Beamer Trapp!

Andy playing the ukulele at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele

My bags have been packed for a week already and there’s still another 3 weeks til the ukulele festival starts!*

That means there’s plenty of time for you to take part in this FREE event! Not booked yet, why not make your booking and get great rates as low as $299 a night! Already plan to be on another island during that time? Grab an inter-island flight (Lanai is just 20 minutes from Oahu, and you can connect from all the islands) or grab a ferry from Maui’s Lahaina and make a day trip out of it!

The ukulele festival events include:

  • Manele Bay – Friday, April 13, 2012; 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Ukulele music under the stars with special performances by Richard Ho`opi`i, Kawaika Kahiapo, Byron Yasui, CJ “Boom” Helekahi, Hula Honeys, and Benny Uyetake.
  • Coffee Works – Saturday, April 14, 2012; 9:00 – 11:00 am. A morning of harmonious music with Benny Uyetake.
    Café 565 – Saturday, April 14, 2012; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Live music in Lanai City during lunch with CJ “Boom” Helekahi.
  • The Lodge at Koele – Saturday, April 14, 2012; 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The Great Hall will come alive with an afternoon of award winning ukulele music. The line-up includes ukulele falsetto legend Richard Ho`opi`i, Kawika Kahiapo, Byron Yasui, CJ “Boom” Helekahi, Benny Uyetake, Hula Honeys, Lāna‘i Kapuna Ukulele Group, and Kalama School Ukulele Band. In addition to the music, there will be Hawaiian language and ukulele workshops with Kaliko Beamer Trapp.
  • Blue Ginger Cafe – Sunday, April 15, 2012; 9:00 – 11:30 am. The day begins with a morning jam session featuring Benny Uyetake.
  • The Lodge at Koele – Sunday, April 15, 2012; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday morning with brunch at The Terrace and listen to music by Kawika Kahiapo.
  • The Lodge at Koele – Sunday, April 15, 2012; 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The festival concludes with an evening jam session in Great Hall with Byron Yasui.

So, pack your bags–and your ukulele if you have one–and make plans to be at the 2nd Annual Lanai Ukulele Festival. And, even if you’re not a ukulele fanatic like me, you’ll probably still agree that nothing is finer than sitting under a palm tree, sipping a cocktail, and listening to the wonderful sounds of Hawaii.

See you there!

* ok, so maybe my bags are not quite packed yet, but I am very excited! ;-)


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Andy Beal provides the photos, videos and technical support for Go Visit Hawaii--as well as the occasional post or two. He's also a keen ukulele player. Connect on Google+

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  1. Thanks for this post Andy! Looking forward to being back at our Happy Place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj2WQqKBOA0&feature=youtu.be

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