Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele sensation who found worldwide fame eleven years ago by going viral with a rendition of “My Guitar Gently Weeps”, will perform on behalf of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on Friday, January 12 at 7 pm at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. The concert will raise scholarship funds for HPAF’s fourteenth season coming in summer 2018, which will bring more than 100 gifted music students from around the world to study and perform with professional musicians on Hawaii Island.
Widespread acclaim has brought Shimabukuro high-visibility collaborations with artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett and Bette Midler. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England, and he has sold out prestigious venues and festivals around the world.
Guitar Player Magazine recently named Shimabukuro to its 2017 Hall of Fame awards and states, “Jake is known for expanding the vocabulary of the ukulele with virtuosity and varied stylistic influences.”
A tireless advocate for youth and music education, Shimabukuro, in conjunction with the nonprofit Music for Life Foundation and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, helped broker a donation of 20 ukuleles to students at Kealakehe Intermediate School in Kona last month. These Waterman ukuleles will be utilized in a new ukulele program at the school. Mr. Shimabukuro has also donated a short private lesson to Kealakehe student, 12-year-old Wehiwa Donager, who won the lesson in a drawing in her music class.
“Hawaii Performing Arts Festival aligns well with Jake when it comes to music education. Providing scholarship opportunities to aspiring young artists is a top priority. We’re incredibly honored and grateful that Jake could fit us into his schedule. Following the January 12 concert, he embarks on a US tour that encompasses 22 cities in less than two months.” stated HPAF Development Director Genette Freeman.
If You Go
General admission tickets are still available at www.HawaiiPerformingArtsFestival.org or by calling 808-333-7378. Food and drink will be available for purchase when the ballroom opens at 6 pm. The concert is sponsored by the Fairmont Orchid and The Holland Foundation.