By Wayne Harada
Led by Island super strummer Jake Shimabukuro, a “Go for Da Record... Hana Hou!” event, from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday (April 28), will attempt to assemble the most ukulele players to break a Guinness World Book Record now held by Sweden.
The amassing of uke players — young, old, beginning, advance, amateur, professional — should be an easy thing in Hawaii. Who doesn’t pluck and jam at backyard luaus, birthday parties, office parties and simply for recreation?
Heck, if everyone who ever took lessons at Roy Sakumua’ Ukulele Studio over the decades show up, Hawaii should earn the crown.
The target: Well more than 1,500 strummers.
The key time: 7 p.m. Saturday, at Blaisell Arena.
From 4 p.m., a variety of ukulele-related events and displays will held — workshops, mini-concerts, vendor tables, and more.
Hawaii is making a second attempt to break the record set by Sweden last Aug. 20.
And Hawaii even has a theme song for this effort, “1, 2, 3 ... Go Da Record,” composed by Shimabukuro and featured on this campaign’s website.
But just don’t show up; you need to register at http://gofordarecord.org.
The event will raise funds for the Music for Life Foundation, to raise awareness and support of the critcal cut in funding for arts program and schools.
Speaking of Jake:
• He is one of several Island entertainers (others include Nathan Aweau, Kupaoa, Sean Na’auao, Jerry Santos and Yoza) performing at a Mele Mei 2012 luncheon event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (April 27) at The Willows restaurant. It’s a Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts presentation, celebrating a series of music events in the weeks ahead, culminating in the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards May 27 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Admission: $60, includes buffet and entertainment ($52 HARA members). Information: www.melemei.com, www.nahokumusicfestival.com.
• He takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday (April 29) at Bishop Museum, in a “Taste of the National Hawaii” program benefitting the Hawaii Food Bank and ‘Aina in the Schools (a Kokua Hawaii Foundation program). Also featured: food and wine tastings, with such participants as
Alan Wong from Alan Wong’s, Darren Demaya from Kai Market, Isamu Goto from Morimoto Waikiki and many more. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Details: http://hawaiitaste.org.