Andrew Molina got the crowd pumped up early with his excitement that you can just feel. He was backed by his dad Jay Molina that has been a professional bass player for years and recently has been playing guitar to back up his son. This is the first time Andrew was trying out his Shure wireless instrument system so he was able to walk around the field with no cord to stop him. It sounded great and spiced up the visual aspect of his performance.
Find more about Andrew Molina here- http://andrewmolinaukulele.com/
Next up was an incredibly talented musician that has amazed me quite a few times. In fact every time I see Willie K I am in awe. Elevated and elated. He did this Nina Simone song that just blew me away. After which he backed Oahu’s hip soul singer, Yoza! Yoza is always seen with a guitar but wow, does she sound incredible over an ukulele! Willie too. Those big soulful voices sit over ukulele frequencies in a way that pulls you in even harder than guitar.
Learn More about Yoza here- http://www.yozamusic.com/
Brittni is a really exciting young talent originally from the Big Island and now on Oahu. I think she will really break down some walls in the next few years. Electronica influence+UkE+amazing talent =…well just wait. I love Brittni and hope she lets us promote the next chapter in her development as an artist. I truly believe in it!
Learm more about Brittni here – http://www.brittnipaiva.com/
Taimane was up after and she really gave it her all. It was intense. My daughter said it “made her heart beat fast in a good way”. I think of Taimane as a great role model. She’s so genuine and happy and when she takes the stage she really rocks the house.
Learm more about Taimane here- http://www.taimane.com/main/
Next up was a long time friend and incredible talent. Paula Fuga is invigorating and inspiring to hear. She has such a sweet and powerful voice.
Learn more about Paula here- http://www.paulafuga.com/
Unfortunately I had to leave without seeing Raiatea Helm backed by Bryan Tolentino. That would have made it even sweeter. Next time. Thanks for tuning in. Aloha!
Special thanks to Roy and Kathy Sakuma. They have done so much for the ukulele community, and of course this was a free event just like all of their festivals. They have been doing these non profit events to spread aloha and perpetuate the ukulele for over 45 years now. The educational resources and inspiring events they have given have changed our islands and beyond, in a very positive way. Learn more about Roy’s festival and lesson programs here- http://www.roysakuma.net/