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Fall 2015 Utah Ukulele Festival® Lessons

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We hope that everyone has had a great summer so far. Now that school is back in session we will be starting up lessons once again at Hillcrest Elementary School for ages 8+. We will be offering Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced classes. Ukuleles will be provided to use at the lessons upon request (please mention this during registration), but are limited. Our good friends at KSM Music will also be offering a 15% discount to those who purchase ukuleles to be used at the UUF lessons. For more information run over to now to secure your spot and join in on some ukulele awesomeness!


Mahalo nui loa to Denelle Manoa for all of the hard work she put into the festival in organizing all of the vendors, concessions, keeping things running smoothly at the event, manning the welcome booth relentlessly, making sure that those that need to be checked in is checked in, entertainment is organized as well as all of the work she put into the festival during the year like contacting vendors, keeping social media updated, being an awesome mother at home and coordinating all of the participants prior to the event. Its a lot of work and I appreciate her effort and sacrifice. Again Mahalo Denelle

2015 Utah Ukulele Festival® was awesome. Mahalo to all who participated!

Aloha Everyone,
Have you all recouped from the ukulele awesomeness yet? smile emoticon Let us just start off by saying what a great time we had this last Saturday at the 3rd Annual Utah Ukulele Festival®. New friends were made, tasty treats were eaten, lots of great vendors were there for attendees to see, great entertainment was enjoyed by all, and everyone really enjoyed the free workshops/lessons. We cannot help but smile just thinking about the fun we had spreading the Aloha Spirit to all who attended.
We would like to take a little bit of time to say Mahalo to our sponsors: Ko’Aloha Ukuleles • KSM Music • Kala • Jerry and Cynde Buntemeyer • Ohana Ukuleles • Big Kahuna Development Studio • MiSi Electronics Design • Kamaka Hawaii Inc. • Beehive Grill • Ukulele Underground • Camp Chef • Bridger Folk Music Society. They each helped make this year’s festival possible and were all a HUGE part of making it a great success. MAHALO!!!
We would also like to send out a GREAT BIG Mahalo to each one of our performers (Uncle Alex Akina, the UUF Student performers, Julia Olsen, “Ukupelli” Uncle Max Willard, Merinda Young, Meikjn Fielding & Mahana Utah) and instructors (Meikjn Fielding, Uncle Max Willard & Lynn Toone) for taking the time to come out to this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival and share their time and talents with all who attended. We always love hearing how much everyone enjoys each lesson/workshop and performance. So Mahalo nui loa for helping to share a bit of Aloha Spirit with all who attended the festival.
As always, we want to send out a BIG mahalo to each Open Mic participant for this year’s festival. It takes a lot of courage to share your gift with others, and we want to let you know that you are all beautiful and talented individuals. We applaud your courage and spunk. If you didn’t win this year…DO NOT GIVE UP!!! Keep up the amazing work and we will see you out next year!
We would also like to send out a special Mahalo to each vendor that came out and participated. There were a few no-shows, which can throw a wrench in the works, but each one of you showed up with your bright smiling faces and were ready to have a great time. We know that we are still a small event that is growing each year and may need to make changes here and there to get better and better, so Mahalo to you all for your patience and understanding. We also want to send out another congratulations to the vendor reps for Pampered Chef and DoTerra who won the “attendee favorite” and “spread the word” gift cards donated by Beehive Grill. Thanks for putting forth great effort to help make this year’s festival a great success! We loved seeing your smiling faces when your names were called to the stage. Again, we truly appreciate each and every vendor, we love that enthusiasm you all showed, and hope to see you all out again next year.
And last…BUT NOT LEAST…we want to thank each and every person who helped make this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival a success. Whether you attended the festival, volunteered, participated, or just think the idea of having an ukulele festival is awesome (which it is wink emoticon ), we want to thank you for your encouragement, well wishes, and aloha. You help us to continue on our quest in spreading the Aloha Spirit to our little community here in Cache Valley, so we want to say Mahalo to each of you. We truly feel blessed in having your support and encouragement. We hope to continue on our journey of sharing our love of the ukulele and the Polynesian culture for years to come.
Now with that all being said…(drum roll)…mark your calendars for August 6th, 2016 for the 4th Annual Utah Ukulele Festival®, which will once again be held at Willow Park in Logan, Utah. We hope to make it even better!!! We will see you all there next year!
Mahalo nui loa,
Utah Ukulele Festival® Coordinators: Denelle, David & Jeff

Wait for it………. 24 hours left

The space is empty now, but tomorrow the event space will be filled with vendors to check out. Get excited for the event by listening to or watching our past videos on YouTube! Or check out some of the channels we follow to hear more great artists. If you missed our appearance on KVNU yesterday check out a little bit of what we talked about at Cache Valley Daily Listen in to “For the People” today starting at 4:10 for you chance to win an ukulele t-shirt from the festival. The forecast is sunny for tomorrow August 1st at the 2015 Utah Ukulele Festival®!


It’s 2 days away, are you excited?


We are two days away from the 2015 Utah Ukulele Festival®. In case you missed it, the festival is held at Willow Park, located at 450 West 700 South in Logan, Utah. If you get the chance make sure to check out the articles in both the Standard Examiner and the Wasatch View magazine that highlight the Utah Ukulele Festival. If that isn’t enough Utah Ukulele Festival® goodness for you then be sure to listen to “For the People” on KVNU 610 AM & 102.1 FM this afternoon from 4pm – 4:45pm. We will be giving away a 2015 Utah Ukulele Festival® t-shirt on the air. Click on the big “Listen Live” button in the link below to listen in and win.

KVNU Logan


T-Minus 3 days …….


Here is something to look forward to at the festival. We are having a drawing for some great prizes! We are asking for a $5 donation per ticket and you must be present to win (one free entry per household upon completing a fun activity). Drawings will be held after each Open Mic Competition. All proceeds go to funding next years event! Here is a list of the prizes.

Kamaka Soprano HF-1 MSRP $925 w/Hard shell case

Ko’aloha Naupaka Soprano MSRP $870

Ohana CK50MG MSRP $389 w/bag and polish cloth

Camp Chef Denali Pro 3X MSRP $396

MISI Acoustic Trio Uke Pickup MSRP $135
Custom made Steampunk inspired 4 ukulele/guitar/bass stand w/light….Priceless! 🙂

So come out, show your support, buy some tickets, and enjoy an exciting fun filled day!


4 Days and counting……

Aloha ukethusiasts,

4 days until the annual Utah Ukulele Festival® kicks off! The open mic competition is full for the 15 and up category but there is room for 14 and under. So if you are 14 or under sign up today. We will close the open mic registration Thursday July 30th. KSM music will be providing prizes for the open mic competition as well. We also have prizes generously donated by Ukulele Underground that we will be awarded. There will be good music, food, activities and top it off with a hula performance by Mahana of Utah and the open mic competition. We hope to see you there!


Utah Ukulele Festival® happens in 5 days and counting!

Aloha Everyone,
The count down has begun! The 3rd Annual Utah Ukulele Festival® is coming to Logan, Utah in 5 days ( Sat., August 1st) once again at Willow Park. Come out and enjoy a beautiful day at the park with main stage entertainment (including Polynesian dancers at 5pm), an Open Mic Competition for 14 & Under (6pm) and 15+ (7pm) that offers great prizes and swag for all who enter, and as always…fun lessons and workshops throughout the day…for FREE! Check out the complete Event Schedule on our website ( ) We’ll be there all day from 10am until after 8pm spreading some Aloha Spirit, so come on by and say “Aloha!” to us. We’d love to see you all!