Aloha!

KoAloha Official Move to New Facility

Aloha and Happy Wednesday!!! What an amazing time of year this is. Lots of great things happening all around. One great thing is having amazing sponsors that help us share a bit of aloha with all who attend our festival. One major sponsor that has been continuously helping us to spread aloha is KoAloha Ukulele. We are especially grateful to them while they are going through a major transition in moving to a new location. This is a crazy and hectic time, yet they still went above and beyond for us this year. Mahalo to everyone at KoAloha Ukulele for helping to share some aloha spirit. We truly appreciate everything you do! 😎🌴🌺🌞 #KoAlohaUkulele #getyourukeon

From KoAloha’s Facebook page:

Aloha Fam!
This is it! We’re finally moving!
We will be officially closed from July 3rd and will reopen in our new home by July 24th.
Will our showroom still be open?
– Our showroom will be closed during this time of transition.
Will we still have factory tours?
– There will not be any factory tours during our move.
What’s our new address? Easy!
1234 Kona Street, 2F Unit K
Honolulu, HI 96814
Will we still be at Roy Sakuma’s Ukulele Festival?
– This was a tough one to call. Regretfully, we have decided not to attend this year. We were so looking forward to hanging out with everyone. Especially the keiki! We’ll be saving our festival games for next year for sure! We’re excited and looking forward to returning next year, better than ever!
If you have any questions, please email us at info@koaloha.com.
We do apologize for any inconveniences. We’re going to do the best we can to really cut down our down time. And definitely can with your help! Hahaha😂
Mahalo for all your support!

Utah Ukulele Festival posters are going up!

Happy Aloha Friday!!! The 2017 posters have been printed! Just over 8 weeks before the 5th Annual Utah Ukulele Festival is here. Mark you calendars for a day of fun workshops, awesome vendors, and amazing entertainment. As always, it is all for FREE. Just our way of sharing a bit of aloha with all who attend. We’ll be opening up registration for the Open Mic Competition, so keep an eye out for that, and there are still a few vendor/concession spots available. Check out the link for more info. and to register to be a part of ukulele awesomeness! Mahalo! 😎 http://utahukefest.com/vendors/

Registration for Vendors and Concessions is Open!

Happy Aloha Friday, UUF Friends! Are you ready to have fun at this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival taking place on August 5th once again at Willow Park in Logan, UT?!? Vendor and Concession registration is OPEN, so make sure to register to be a part of the amazing ukulele awesomeness we call the Utah Ukulele Festival!!! Follow the link for more information and to secure your spot for all that fun! Mahalo! 😎🌴🎼🎤🍧🍽️🌞 Current registered vendors/concessions: KSM Music, LipSense by SeneGence, Winder Farms, Scentsy, Plexus, Bitwise Honey, American Exteriors, Usborne Books and More,Tupperware, Shop Stevie, Live Simply Designs, Kurt’s Shirts, Lularoe, Quotes In The Makin’, Rainbow Snow Shack, MojiLife by Vicky, Fairy Floss, Zyla Active Clothing, GoldiPops: Gourmet ice pops, Lost&Bound, Pauni Island Grill.

Utah Ukulele Festival 2017 Headliner

We are so excited to announce that our 2017 Utah Ukulele Festival headliners will be Mele’uhane, a father-son duo who are venturing out all the way from the Big Island to share some aloha with us all. <3 We had the privilege of meeting them and seeing their performance last year, and W-O-W!!! Enough cannot be said about these two amazingly talented Hoku nominees. Ukulele and Hawaiian slack key are just a few of the many talents that son Leo holds, while his father, Keikilani melts your heart with his soulful voice and guitar. You will not want to miss their performance at this year's event on August 5th, once again at Willow Park in Logan, Utah. For more information about the talented duo, please check out their website: meleuhane.com

2017 Vendor/Concession Registration Is Now Open!

Aloha UUF Friends! Are you ready to have fun at this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival taking place on August 5th once again at Willow Park in Logan, UT?!? Vendor and Concession registration is now OPEN. Make sure to register to be a part of the amazing ukulele awesomeness we call the Utah Ukulele Festival!!! Follow the link for more information and to secure your spot for all that fun! Mahalo! 🙂 Click on the on link at the top of the page to register for the event.

Jammin’ With UUF Jan, Feb, March

Aloha All! We wanted to let everyone know we will be heading to NAMM this week in hopes of having the opportunity to say “Mahalo” to many of our out-of-state sponsors face-to-face. We will be taking lots of photos and maybe even a video or two.
As a quick reminder, make sure you mark your calendars for Saturday, January 28th. This will be our first UUF Jam Session for 2017. It will be held once again at KSM Music in Logan from Noon-1:30pm. Come out and get your uke on! 😀

Aloha Friday October 28

Happy Aloha Friday to you all! Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Saturday (Oct. 29th) is our next Jammin’ with UUF session at KSM Music on 400 North in Logan. It will run from 12pm-1:30pm. Come out, have fun, and get your uke on! Also, don’t forget about the Aloha Friday Jam with Ukulele Underground. Keep an eye out on their Youtube channel to catch dates and times. It’s a fun and easy way to learn fun songs and fine tune your ukulele awesomeness. #Getyourukeon #UUFRocks

2016 Festival Photos

We hope that everyone had a great time at this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival. Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 once again at Willow Park in Logan, Utah. We want to send out a great big MAHALO once again to all those who helped make this year’s event a big success. We are so grateful for you all and the time and effort you put in to help share a bit of Aloha Spirit with all who attend. UUF jam sessions are scheduled for the last Saturday of the month in October and November. Signup here to be on the mailing list. Ukulele lessons will be held privately this year. Email us if you have questions or would like to participate.

For photos of the 2016 event click here.

Ukulele Underground has Aloha Friday Jam sessions each week live on their Youtube channel. These start at 5pm MT and are a blast to participate in. You may even catch Aldrine wearing the 2016 t-shirt! Check them out here.

We hope to see you out sharing in some ukulele awesomeness! Mahalo nu loa!!!

Mahalos! Mahalos to All!

Aloha and Happy Monday! Has everyone recovered from all of the ukulele awesomeness that took place at this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival in Logan, Utah over the weekend? We are still in recovery mode, but we sure had a blast!

We want to send out a big mahalo to everyone who came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather with us. It was great to see so many familiar faces along with having the opportunity to meet so many new attendees. Thank you for once again allowing us to share our love of the ukulele and Hawaiian culture with you.

We would also like to take this time to thank everyone who was involved in making this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival a reality.

A huge mahalo to our sponsors: Ohana Ukuleles who graciously sponsored our headliner, multi-grammy award winner Daniel Ho. KSM Music who year after year have been there for us with all of our sound equipment needs, prizes for the Open Mic Competition, and more. Kala Brand Music Co., KoAloha, and Luna Guitars who provided ukuleles for the Open Mic Competition and give aways. Ukulele Underground who, once again, provided many awesome items in the swag bags for the Open Mic Competition. MiSi who also provided a great prize for the give away. Aquila who provided some awesome strings for Open Mic participants. Our local sponsors: Camp Chef who once again helped to make this event free and offered up a great give away box full of awesome camping goodies. Bridger Folk Music Society for helping once again to help keep our event free to the public. Big Kahuna Development Studio for supporting our vision of keeping the event free and helping to share a bit of Aloha Spirit. A HUGE mahalo nui loa to you all!!!

We would also like to thank our fun instructors: Lynn Toone (beginner lessons), Kwan Ki Au (Tahitian/Inter./Adv. lessons), and Daniel Ho (Pineapple Mango all ages). All instructors offer their skills and services free of charge. We cannot put on this event without you. Mahalo!!!

Mahalo nui to all of our wonderful performers who took time out of their busy schedules to come out and share their love of the ukulele and culture of Hawaii with everyone: The McFarlands, UUF students, Merinda Young, Hannah Spencer, and Kili Gardner.
We would also like to send out a great big MAHALO to E. Ka’ipo Rokobuludrau and the Halau ‘O Ka’ipolani for traveling all the way up from Lehi to put on an amazing cultural performance and sharing a bit of Aloha and love for Polynesia with all who attended. We hope to see you back again next year! <3

We would also like to thank our volunteers: Jon Manoa, Kate Schmicker, Dave and Becky Meyer (who drove all the way from Idaho), and Melissa Matthias. You all showed up, worked hard, and helped to make this event a great success. We thank you all for your time and hard work, and hope to see you again at future events.

We would also like to thank all of the participants of this year’s Utah Ukulele Festival Open Mic Competition (good thing this isn’t an award ceremony or I’d be played off the stage by the orchestra before they went to a commercial Hahaha! 😉 ): It takes a great deal of courage to perform on stage in front of a large audience. I was personally so impressed with everyone this year. Each person seemed to possess nerves of steel, something that makes me a bit envious. They all got up on stage and performed with what looked like a great deal of ease and grace. So many comments were made about all of the wonderful talent that exists here in Northern Utah. We are thankful we had the opportunity to help showcase this talent while being able to enjoy the amazing music. Mahalo once again for taking part in the Open Mic Competition. We hope to see you all again next year. Keep up the great work! 😎

O.k. Almost done. 😀 We, of course, want to send out a great big mahalo nui loa to Daniel Ho and his beautiful wife Lydia for traveling all the way from California and bringing a bit of Aloha Spirit with them. We had the opportunity to spend a little time with them Friday night, and I have to say how down to earth and fun they both are. We are so grateful to each of them for their time and effort that they put in to their craft. Daniel put on an amazing and fun show, and his workshop was packed full of enthusiastic participants. We hope that everyone enjoyed his wonderful personality and soaked up his ukulele awesomeness. Once again, mahalo nui loa to Daniel and Lydia for coming out to Logan and providing us with a bit of Paradise in beautiful Cache Valley.

Lastly, yes, I promise, I’m almost done ( 😀 ) we want to send out huge hugs of thanks to our friends and family that have supported us through it all. Thank you for taking the time to share UUF with everyone you know and offering up your help when needed. We are so grateful for all of the help and support we receive each and every year. We love you all! <3

And once again, we want to thank each and everyone who came out to take in all of the fun that takes place at the Utah Ukulele Festival. Thank you to the wonderful vendors/concessions that came out to be a part of our event. We can never predict what the attendance will be like from year to year, or what the crowd will be looking for, but we truly appreciate your time in helping to make this event a success! 🙂 We truly love putting on this event each year, and we hope that our love comes across in every way.

Mahalo nui loa Everyone!!! We hope to see you out at next year’s Utah Ukulele Festival!!! *Event photos to come soon.

3 Days…..

If you didn’t catch this video last year, here is a small glimpse into one of the reasons why we do what we do. KSL News Story <3 This festival is put on each and every year with the same goals when it was first developed...1.) all entertainment and workshops/lessons are to be completely free to the public 2.) offer a fun family-friendly experience 3.) bring a bit of the islands to Cache Valley Utah by sharing our love of the ukulele and some Aloha Spirit to each and everyone who passes through the festival. Now that you've learned a little bit about us, we'd love to hear about YOU!!! Tell us your stories and connection to the ukulele. Stop by the UUF booth this Saturday (Aug. 6th) at Willow Park, and say "Aloha" and share your story. We hope to see you there!!!