“One World, One Love, One ʻUke” is the theme of this year’s 21st Annual ʻUkulele Festival at Hawaii Preparatory Academy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is at Gates Performing Arts Center, located at HPA’s Upper Campus.
More than 120 students from HPA, Kealakehe Intermediate School, and Waikoloa School will perform under the direction of Kuwalu Anakalea, Dagan Bernstein, Barbara Kopra, Georgia Poláková from HPA, Gloria Juan from Kealakehe, and Lani ʻOpunui from Waikoloa.
Like King Kalakaua’s global trip in the 1890s and the Makali’i’s upcoming international voyage, the ‘ukulele also has traveled around the world. To represent the universality of music, the ʻukulele, and the people of the world, this year’s festival will feature music, songs, and dances from many cultures. Beginning in Hawaii, students will take the audience on a journey into the Pacific through the Philippines, New Zealand, Japan, and moving on to Africa, Israel, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and North America. Highlights include “Kawika,” “E Papa Waiari,” “Sakura,” “Greensleeves,” “Hava Nagila,” and “Tico Tico”.
Past themes have included “The Magic of Motown,” “The Wonderful World of Disney,” “The Beatles,” “Lights! Camera! Action!,” and “Iz: The Man and His Music,” among others. For more information, call 885-2501 or 885-2500.