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Event Wed May 23 2012
The Old Town School of Folk Music is filling Memorial Day weekend with their Festival of Aloha. There are music, hula, and Hawaiian culture workshops all weekend long, but that's not all. Concerts start Thursday night with an opening ceremony and traditional `oli (chanting) and hula (dance). Come Friday night for the school's Global Dance Party at 8:30pm featuring Daniel Ho and Kumu Hula Puanani Edgar, or Saturday for a show featuring Daniel Ho at 8pm and Sunday night for a show featuring Ho and Darlene Ahuna at 7pm.
Below is video of Daniel Ho performing in 2010 in Australia.
But that's still not all! In addition to the line-up of stellar Hawaiian music concerts and workshops, there's also a chance to be a part of a Guinness World Record history. There will be an attempt to break the record for the largest number of 'ukulele players in one place and establish the record for the only group assembled to play a traditional Hawaiian song. If you're interested in participating, come to the gazebo in Welles Park in Lincoln Square at 2:30pm on Saturday, May 26th for a free lesson and then stick around and strum the song "E Huli" along with (hopefully) a few thousand new friends. This is a BYO'U (Bring Your Own 'Uke) event. Not surprisingly, 'ukuleles and Hawaiian lap guitars are on sale at the store at the Old Town School. In fact, Mahalo painted ukuleles are only $25. That's a cheap price on a fun weekend.