Monday, August 23, 2004

'Uke Birthday Celebration Tonight in Honolulu

From today's Star-Bulletin:
"Today is "Ukulele Day in Hawaii," honoring the 125th anniversary of the islands' musical icon.

From 7 to 9 p.m., a ceremony recognizing the day will be held in the renovated Mission Memorial Auditorium, located on the Civic Center Grounds, makai of the State Capitol and between Honolulu Hale and the Sky Gate sculpture.

The anniversary also commemorates the Honolulu arrival of the Barkentine Ravenscrag, a Portuguese ship that departed from Madeira, bringing 419 Portuguese men, women and children to settle in Hawaii. Aboard the Ravenscrag were the men who invented, built and popularized the ukulele.

A stellar lineup of entertainers will be demonstrating the many ways that the ukulele can be played, from traditional Hawaiian to Tin Pan Alley and jazz numbers.

If you're lucky enough to go tonight, send pix!


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