Ukulele Festival Hawaii

This annual Waikiki festival honors Hawaii's beloved musical instrument.

The ukulele is Hawaii’s best-loved musical instrument, so it makes sense that Ukulele Festival Hawaii is the world’s largest, attracting enthusiasts from as far away as Italy and Thailand.

Held every July at Kapiolani Park just outside Waikiki, the event includes free giveaways, quick mini-lessons, manufacturers’ exhibits and, of course: nonstop performances.

Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro and Raiatea Helm have all graced the stage. But they may have a tough time out-strumming the 700+ school-age ukulele students who eagerly show off their skills.