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Waikoloa celebrates ukulele music

<p>BRAD BALLESTEROS/Stephens Media</p><p>Kris Fuchigami of Hilo entertains the crowd with this ukulele, opening his show with Classical Gas. The Great Wailoloa Ukulele Festival took place Saturday at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.</p><p>Nine-year-old Emma Gonzalez, from Seattle, sits in a Ukulele Workshop with about 200 others. She is being helped by Kathy Sakuma.</p><p>BRAD BALLESTEROS/Stephens Media</p>

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Ukulele enthusiasts immersed themselves in the world of Hawaii’s well-known stringed instrument Saturday during the 13th annual Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival.

Held at the Queens’ MarketPlace at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the event is a celebration of the instrument that traces its origins to Portuguese immigrants who arrived in Hawaii during the late 1800s.

The ukulele, when translated, means “jumping flea.” The name is believed to have been drawn from the quick picking and strumming of the instrument’s strings.

Scores of residents and visitors alike took part in activities, which included a free bring-your-own-ukulele workshop taught by ukulele master and teacher Roy Sakuma. The event also featured live music and demonstrations of ukulele-making.

For more information on the Waikoloa event, as well as other ukulele festivals in Hawaii, visit


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