Crowds brave rainy conditions to attend annual Ukulele Festival

Article by KHON2 News

When it started, Roy Sakuma says no one was interested in the ukulele and then 46 years later on Sunday, look at the Ukulele Festival now.

Willie K was one of the 15 headliners at the Kapiolani Park bandstand.

There were performers from Australia, California, Japan, Korea, plus hundreds of Hawaii keiki.

Although it was a rainy day, the weatjer couldn’t keep people away, including a couple of ukulele players from Hawaii Kai who came for Ohta-san but got even more than they bargained for.

“And Willie K is unbelievable, my goodness, that’s worth standing in any rain for,” Cathy Cole said.

“They want to be here and look at all the people who are here, it’s been a wonderful day,” said Ukulele Festival Hawaii co-founder Roy Sakuma.

Sakuma says he and his wife started planning next year’s 47th festival on Saturday and they already have three groups lined up.