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20th Annual Ukulele Festival is March 2

<p>More than 120 students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kealakehe Intermediate School, and Waikoloa School will perform at HPA’s 20th Annual Ukulele Festival, at 7 p.m., on Saturday, March 2. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Gates Performing Arts Center, located at HPA’s Upper Campus. The theme of this year’s 20thth anniversary event is “The Magic of Motown.” Pictured is the The 16th Annual Ukulele Festival, themed “Iz, The Man and His Music,” celebrated the music of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

More than 120 students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kealakehe Intermediate School, and Waikoloa School will perform at HPA’s 20th Annual Ukulele Festival, at 7 p.m., on Saturday, March 2. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Gates Performing Arts Center, located at HPA’s Upper Campus. The theme of this year’s 20thth anniversary event is “The Magic of Motown.” Pictured is the The 16th Annual Ukulele Festival, themed “Iz, The Man and His Music,” celebrated the music of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

“The Magic of Motown” is the theme of this year’s 20th Annual Ukulele Festival at Hawaii Preparatory Academy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Gates Performing Arts Center, located at HPA’s Upper Campus.

More than 120 students from Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kealakehe Intermediate School, and Waikoloa School will perform under the direction of Georgia Polakova, Dagan Bernstein, and Barbara Kopra from HPA; Gloria Juan from Kealakehe, and Lani Opunui from Waikoloa. Alumni from the ukulele and choral programs from these schools are invited to join this milestone program.

According to Polakova, one of the event founders, 20 years ago, three music directors from three separate schools, one from Oahu and two from the Big Island, met at the Hawaii State Music Conference and dreamed of a tri-school `ukulele festival. For more information, call 885-2501 or 885-2500.