Get ready to experience music from around the globe strummed on a familiar string instrument.
“One World, One Love, One ‘Uke” is the theme of this year’s 21st-annual Ukulele Festival at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted 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 Kuwalu Anakalea, Dagan Bernstein, Barbara Kopra and Georgia Poláková (HPA); Gloria Juan (Kealakehe) and Lani ‘Opunui (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 ukulele, and the people of the world, this year’s festival will feature music, songs and dances from many cultures.
Beginning with Hawaii, students will take the audience on a journey into the Pacific through the Philippines, New Zealand, Japan and then move on to Africa, Israel, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and North America.
Highlights will include “Kawika,” “E Papa Waiari,” “Sakura,” “Greensleeves,” “Hava Nagila” and “Tico Tico.”
For more information, call 885-2501 or 885-2500.