The Ukulele event at the Waikiki Shell will raise money for tsunami victims. // © 2011 Go for Da Record
Go for Da Record
The sweet, plucky sound of the ukulele is intrinsically linked to Hawaii, so it makes perfect sense that an enormous ukulele ensemble would seek to break a world record with a performance in the 50th state.
That’s precisely what will happen at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu on Oct. 22, when ukulele players of all ages and skills participate in a fundraiser called Go For Da Record.
The Hawaii nonprofit, Music For Life Foundation, is coordinating the effort, which aims to break the current Guinness World Record set in 2009 in London, England, with 851 uke-strumming participants.
Oahu-born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will play a 30-minute warm-up before the world record attempt, after which he’ll lead the mass performance.
The event is a benefit to raise funds so that Japanese earthquake- and tsunami-affected children can go to Hawaii for educational and healing experiences. Proceeds will also go toward the purchase of ukuleles and other musical tools for Hawaii schools.
“I am delighted to support this event that will benefit two needs that are very important to me,” said Shimabukuro. “Helping the children of Japan who were devastated by the recent tsunami and earthquake and bringing music education back into our local schools are two causes that I hold close to my heart.”
A $10 player participant fee includes an exclusive commemorative participant cap or visor and certificate of participation. Non-playing attendees can watch for free, but a monetary donation is suggested.