'Ukulele Guild of Hawai'i and Honolulu Community College partner to host annual 'uke exhibit

Partnership is core to HCC's MELE program, which aims to promote the business and profession of music in Hawai'i

Honolulu Community College
Posted: Nov 21, 2008

HONOLULU — Hawaiʻi residents know the ʻukulele well, but many may not realize the significant role the ʻukulele plays in the entertainment industry, not only in Hawaiʻi but around the globe. Its impact can be seen and felt in a broad spectrum of film and music, and over the years its appeal has only gotten stronger. On his last concert tour Paul McCartney brought a ʻuke along, Elvis Costello has revealed a ʻukulele during his encores, and it was reported that Adam Sandler insisted that he be photographed holding a custom-made ʻukulele in some of his publicity photos.

To promote new techniques and styles as well as celebrate the ʻukulele, the ʻUkulele Guild of Hawaiʻi (UGH) and Honolulu Community College‘s Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program have joined together to sponsor the 7th Annual ʻUkulele Exhibition & Conference. The exhibition will be held from November 21-23 on the grounds of McKinley High School.

The exhibition is free and open to the general public. It features workshops for builders, technique demonstrations, and showcase performances each day. In addition, the exhibit will include UGH members-only instructional sessions, seminars, and access to performing artists. To join the UGH or to get more details on the exhibition, visit www.ukuleleguild.org.


The 'Ukulele Guild of Hawai'i is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and promotion of the 'ukulele as a significant musical instrument. UGH began as a group of ʻukulele builders sharing a common interest and desire to exchange information, techniques and experiences in the early 1990‘s. Today UGH has evolved into an organization that includes players and historians as well as the founding luthiers. The UGH enjoys a worldwide membership of over 350 with members as far off as Japan.


The MELE program at Honolulu Community College is designed to help foster and promote the business and profession of music in Hawaiʻi. MELE encompasses three strands — artist creativity, technical production skills, and the business aspects of music in entertainment. The program‘s goal is to produce a generation of skilled music professionals with the knowledge and expertise to succeed in the music industry. To learn more about the MELE program, visit www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/MELE.


Honolulu Community College (HCC) is an open door, comprehensive community college that offers a broad range of liberal arts courses and 26 career and technical education programs. The college is an integral part of the University of Hawaiʻi System. Students have direct transfer to any of the four-year campuses within the system to complete their four-year baccalaureate degree. HCC offers one of the best educational values in the United States. Students enjoy high-quality education at very affordable tuition rates and receive instruction in small classes taught by well-credentialed faculty who are dedicated to excellence in teaching. The campus is centrally located in the urban core of Honolulu, only minutes from downtown and nearby many of the largest employers in the state. For more information, visit www.honolulu.hawaii.edu.

For more information, visit: http://www.honolulu.hawaii.edu/MELE