Jake Shimabukuro 'goes for broke' in July
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is offering a free download of his haunting and beautiful tribute to the 442nd Infantry Division’s 100th Battalion at his website, jakeshimabukuro.com, beginning July 1.
He composed the tune, reaching back to his small-kid-time memory of the 442nd’s Club 100 hall near his grade school, Ala Wai Elementary, to honor the most highly-decorated U.S. unit in military history.
The tune will be part of Shimabukuro’s unnamed new CD, due in August.
“I was inspired to write it for the vets because of a funny story; I lived on Lauiki Steet near Ala Wai School, where I attended, and my buddies and I used to ride bikes around the block and we used to sneak into Club 100 to drink ice water and then sneak out,” said Shimabukuro. “Only years later, I learned of its significance; the 442nd story is so awesome.”
The song features a military-cadence snare drum counterpoint to Shimabukuro’s restrained, but poetic and poignant uke-strumming sure to resonate with vets and families.
“Go For Broke” is the trademark motto and battle cry by the Island soldiers to give it all they had to risk everything, including their lives, to honor their country amid the challenges of the wartime battlefront. The slogan was popular during post-war Hawaii, particularly to boost morale and fighting power.
Shimabukuro, spending time at home this summer, has a series of local appearances in July, promoting the anthem as well as celebrating Independence Day in this Islands.
• July 1, 5:40 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. —Appearance and performance on Hawaii News Now.
• July 2, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. —Appearance on KHON2.
• July 2, 10 a.m. — Hickam AAFES Bxtra Main Store. Military ID required.
• July 2, Noon to 1 p.m. —“Go for Broke” CD release event at NEX Pearl Harbor. Military ID required.
• July 4 , 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. —Independence Day Celebration Event at Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai.
• July 10, 8:30 a.m. — Perry & Price morning show, at Jimmy Buffett's at the Ohana Beachcomber Hotel, live in KSSK-AM and FM.
• July 15, 7:30 p.m. — Solo Sessions with Jake Shimabukuro, Peace Love Ukulele event, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
• July 16, 5:30 p.m. — Ukulele Festival Hawaii Gala 2010, Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom.
• July 18, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
• July 18, 4 p.m. — Pacific Rim Children's Chorus Festival Concert, at Blaisdell Center.
• July 23, 7 p.m., Chai's Island Bistro, Aloha Tower Marketplace.