Dukes Ukulele Jam to be held at Duke's Waikiki // (c) Duke's Waikiki
Dukes Ukulele Jam to be held Oct. 19 at Duke's Waikiki // (c) Duke's Waikiki

There’s something so quintessentially Hawaiian about the ukulele, that we admit, we did purchase a take-home, kiddie version on a recent visit.

Music enthusiasts, however, can avoid the regrettable souvenir purchase, and rather take in some of Hawaii’s finest Ukulele music at the 8th Annual Duke’s Ukes contest, on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Dukes Ukulele Jam to be held at Duke's Waikiki // (c) Duke's Waikiki
Dukes Ukulele Jam to be held Oct. 19 at Duke’s Waikiki // (c) Duke’s Waikiki

Some of the island’s best amateur ukulele players will gather at Duke’s Waikiki in the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach to strum, pick and sing as they compete for prizes and bragging rights. The annual contest is organized by Duke’s Waikiki and makes for a great day filled with live local music, delicious food, and family fun.

“Duke’s Waikiki loves bringing people together through good food and good music,” said Dylan Ching, Duke’s Waikiki General Manager. “Ukulele is a huge part of local culture that perpetuates the Aloha spirit. We hope to share this Aloha with the community through our contest.”

The Duke’s Ukes Contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with contestants competing in two divisions: 1) ukulele instrumental; and 2) ukulele and vocals. The ukulele buy aciphex online cheap instrumental division will consist of different age categories.  The ukulele and vocals division will be an open age category. The winners in each ukulele instrumental category will receive a new Kamaka Ukulele. A “Best Showmanship” award will also be presented, and additional prizes will be awarded.  All contestants will be pre-registered through advance auditions.

“Guests of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach are always thrilled when they find out their visit coincides with this annual event,” said Robert McConnell, hotel general manager. “Each of the young musicians competes with wonderful style and passion, and it’s tremendously satisfying for all of us at the hotel to see the island music and the love of the `ukulele celebrated so enthusiastically.”

Duke’s Waikiki has a long history of supporting local music. In addition to live entertainment nightly, the beachside restaurant hosts free Concerts on the Beach from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Duke’s Ukes Contest is sponsored in part by the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Hotel, the Pacific Music Foundation and Kamaka Ukuleles.  The event is free and open to the public.

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