Tuesday, 8 April 2014

'Ukulele Festival of Northern California


The 'Ukulele Festival of Northern California took place in Hayward, California last Sunday.

Billed as the "longest running ukulele festival on the mainland," it has been in existence since 1994 and differs from other festivals around here in its strong Hawaiian background. Instead of workshops, the festival focuses on performances, with 20 groups each playing 10-minute sets over the day. The NorCal organizers also bestow a couple of scholarships to students who participate in a Pacific Islander cultural class or activity.

Walking around was like taking in a little bit of Hawaii.

There were muumuus:

aloha shirts:

ribbon leis (more on these in a future post):

and of course, ukuleles:

lots of ukuleles:

as well as ukulele-themed bags, hoodies, & t-shirts:

Not for sale, this beautiful birthday cake was still a booth highlight:

I didn't take any photos of the performers, as the organizers discourage any kind of recording. But we heard several formal and informal groups play, and all were very talented and well received by the large audience.

Watch for next year's event to be posted here.