The iconic sounds of the islands

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When it comes to the music of Hawaii, there is nothing as iconic as the beautiful, rhythmic sound of the ‘ukulele. Even if you are thousands of miles away, just a few chords can transport you back to the warmth of the islands.

Annual Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival

If you’re lucky enough to be on the Big Island the first weekend of March, be sure not to miss the annual Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival. The free, one-day event takes place the first Saturday of March at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Free ‘ukulele workshops, performances and giveaways

The music-filled day begins with a free ‘ukulele workshop led by world-renowned Roy Sakuma and friends – beginners and virtuosos welcome! Throughout the rest of the day, Hawaii’s top `ukulele entertainers headline three different stages at the resort shopping centers. You can even take the stage yourself during a group performance! Plus, there are several chances to win your very own ‘ukulele.

The history of the ‘ukulele

The ‘ukulele is a much-smaller member of the guitar family. It originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of a Portuguese instrument that was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. From there, its popularity spread across the mainland and around the globe.

Where did the ‘ukulele get its name?

Fun fact: the name ‘ukulele translates to “jumping flea” (“uku” is “flea” and “lele” is “jumping” in Hawaiian).

Celebrating our homegrown ‘ukulele talent

Anyone can learn to play the ‘ukulele, and it is common to see keiki (children) to kupuna (elder) carrying an instrument or strumming at school, work or the beach! We are especially proud of our homegrown ‘ukulele superstars, including the beloved Israel Kamakawiwoʻole and awe-inspiring Jake Shimabukuro.

Vacation on the Big Island

If the music of Hawaii is calling to you, check out the airfare deals on Google Flights. Then, explore our website to find your perfect vacation rental, whether you’re looking for a cozy studio for two or a luxurious villa for a big group.

Beautiful Big Island vacation rental

Serenity, stunning views and spaciousness awaits you at Wai’Ula’Ula in Mauna Kea Resort. This 2,100-square-foot, ground floor vacation home offers double master suites plus a spacious third bedroom and bath, designed with stylish, upscale furnishings and décor throughout.

An entire wall of retractable doors opens onto the 626-square-foot wraparound lanai, which boasts a gourmet outdoor kitchen plus unobstructed ocean and sunset views. Watch the waves and whales as you sip your morning coffee or prepare your evening meal.

Wai’Ula’Ula offers an exclusive recreation center with infinity-edged pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness facility. You’ll also have access to the beaches, golf courses, restaurants and other amenities of the nearby Mauna Kea or Hapuna Beach Hotels.

Save on your Big Island accommodations

Book directly with us and mention “Aloha Escape” in your reservation to save 10% on your vacation rental. We hope to see you soon – a hui hou!

Images courtesy of the Ariana Vincent and Tina Mahina.


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