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‘Ukulele Jams – Keaukaha

The first of several Japan disaster relief ‘Ukulele Jams happened this past weekend. Keoki Kahumoku is the man behind these events and wanted to do something a bit different than the standard fundraiser performance. At the ‘Ukulele Jam everyone gets to be a part of the show. Instead of one person performing, artists taught audience members a song and then everyone jammed it together. Some of the guests at this fundraiser included Sonny Lim, Kunia Galdeira, Keoki Kahumoku, Brittni Paiva, Buddy and Sammy Fo, and Andy Andrews from the Puna ‘Ukulele and Kani ka pila Association.

It was a lovely day of jamming songs, visiting with friends, and helping out our brothers and sisters in Japan.

While one person led a song, some of us helped the audience out with the chords

Sonny Lim and Kunia Galdeira

I was one of Uncle Keoki’s student teachers and we jammed “One Love”, “Hilo Hanakahi”, and some vamps

At one point I played and taught a few songs with two of my good friends from the Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music Workshop in Pahala – Moses Espaniola (center) and Kekoa Naboa (left).

The calabash bowl collected donations for Japan throughout the day. There were also some beautiful instruments for sale, with all proceeds going straight to the cause.

Uncle Keoki jammed with us too!

Join Keoki Kahumoku and the gang in Kealakekua this coming Saturday, April 16th at the Queen Emma Community Center for another ‘Ukulele Jam. For more info click here.

Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

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