A Chance to Attend an ‘Ukulele Workshop in Hawaii

You’ve heard me rave about the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop, and how the hours spent there have influenced me as a musician. (In fact, I raved in 2008200920102011, and 2012. If this site had been live in 2007, I’d likely have raved then.)

Check it out. Simply by donating $10 to Passports with Purpose, you can have a shot at attending the workshop next year, too. But first, let’s get this straight: If your idea of a great vacation in Hawaii includes an umbrella drink and a hammock, you should totally go bid on another great prize. Because you won’t get that at the 2013 Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop. What you will get is authenticity.

You’ll kick off your slippahs at the door of the Pahala Plantation House and be welcomed into a bustling gathering of friends and ‘ohana (family), many of whom have been attending this event for years. Music spills out of every nook and cranny; perfectly played vamps on an ‘ukulele, a clunky strum from a new student, and the sweet tones of slack key guitar. Hawaii Island youth, mainland visitors, professional musicians, and international guests mingle amidst their mutual love of music and Hawaiiana.

Hosted by five-time Grammy winner Keoki Kahumoku, the workshop is a weeklong affair, jam-packed with music and cultural activities. Participants choose from several classes a day, taught by some of Hawaii’s premier musicians: Herb Ohta Jr, Sonny Lim, Uncle John Keawe, and Jeff Peterson are just a few of the instructors who have attended past workshops. Private lessons with mentors are available, too.

In addition to music, there are cultural classes and plenty of food. Learn to dance hula, weave lauhala bracelets, or craft a haku lei. Meals are a family affair, served buffet style three times a day, and include island favorites, much of which is locally sourced. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in preparing the imu (underground oven) for kalua pig.

Sound good? Then here’s the deal. If you’d like the chance to win this prize, you simply need to donate $10 through Passports with Purpose. Want more chances? Donate more. For every $10 donation, you can earn an additional entry for this prize or any of the other great prizes that are up for grabs.

Let me tell you a bit about Passports with Purpose. It’s an organization that draws together bloggers – mostly travel bloggers, though they were kind enough to let me to participate this year – to impact the world in a positive way. Every year, their online fundraiser has grown, providing much needed funding to a different non-profit. Last year, they earned $90,000 for Room to Read, funding two libraries in Zambia. This year, the beneficiary is water.org. The goal is to raise $100,000 to fund wells in two communities in rural Haiti, and you can help.

Give $10, enter to win a great prize, and help bring fresh drinking water to Haiti. Win win.

Important details: This prize is a $1450 value and includes only the workshop tuition for the 2013 Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop. The prize is not transferrable, nor does it have any cash value. All workshop sessions and three meals a day are included in the tuition. Travel, lodging, and other expenses are the responsibility of the winner. Event dates have yet to be determined, though it will likely be in early November, 2013 in Pahala, in the Ka‘u district on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. This prize is offered by the non-profit 501c-3 Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Inc which strives to provide music and cultural education to Hawaii Island Youth. 

Want more ‘ukulele prizes? Pam at Nerd’s Eye View has a Kamoa E3-T from Sam up for grabs or you can have Seattle’s Loudest Ukulele Band play your next party.

Finally, I’ve got to send out a great big mahalo to Passport with Purpose sponsors:

Go on now. Go donate. I can’t wait to see you next year!

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  • pam November 28, 2012, 5:25 am

    I’m so glad you’re throwing in this year! And if I could bid (I can’t) I’d be bidding on THIS.

  • moses November 28, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Aloha hey Brad, I see you have. non-tranferrable. What if I win and want to give that prize some deserving person?

  • Vera Marie Badertscher November 29, 2012, 5:10 am

    Brad: Good for you offering up such a gonga prize for Passports With Purpose. I think you write about Hawaii enough to make you an honorary travel writer, even if that’s not your self-identification. What with Pam, it looks like ukuleles are poised to take over PwP!
    (from friend of your mom)

  • Chuck Moore November 30, 2012, 7:44 am

    Great idea Brad! Good luck.

  • Brad Bordessa November 30, 2012, 10:06 am

    Moses, bid on the prize and when you win, you’ll tell us WHO the certificate should be made out to. Thanks for supporting a great cause! (Tell your friends?)

  • L. A. Chancey December 11, 2012, 5:26 pm

    Just made a $100.00 donation, hope my son Elijah gets to attend your workshop! He will be in HA next month. Any instruction being held then? He has been playing uke for about two years.
    thanks for donating,
    Ms. L. A. Chancey

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