A live-streaming Ukulele Festival now is underway, though 3 p.m. today (July 18).

Hosted by ukulele legends Roy Sakuma, Jake Shimabukuro and Herb Ohta Jr., the virtual event the event is being held on the Ukulele Festival Hawaii YouTube channel.

Many other Hawaii musicians – including Ho’okena, Brittni Paiva, Kalei Gamiao and Correy Fujimoto – are also participating.

A tribute to Willie K. – a versatile over-all musician-singer, who played ukulele and guitar, in a myriad of styles, from Hawaiian to jazz, from opera to blues – will also be among the day’s special events.

The day’s schedule: 

Bright Kids event

While most kids still are on summer vacation, many youngsters are participating in the I’m a Bright Kid Foundation summer workshops, which began on July 6 at several sites:

–Two classrooms and the cafeteria at St. Ann’s School in Kaneohe are home base for dance and other sessions, with Marcelo Pacleb’s 24-VII studio at nearby Windward Mall also headquartering for some sessions.

— High school students are participating in a “Bright and Early” pilot project at Windward Community College, where they will receive college credits for their summertime academics.

According to Ligaya Stice, executive director of IABK, negotiations and planning are underway for the organization to stage a holiday special in December, with a partnership with 24/VII, a mall tennant. Details will be announced. …

More Van Gogh

Due to public response, “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” has been extended through Sept. 26 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

The walk-through exhibit, featuring a myriad of Van Gogh art, has been an eye-thrilling, moving attraction where viewers become part of a constantly changing art experience.

For tickets, go to

One more “Chorus Line” show

If you’re seeking seats to Diamond Head Theatre’s “A Chorus Line,” a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 5 has just been added. Act quickly; will be sold out in hours.

Tickets: $25. Visit for tickets.

And that’s “Show Biz.” …


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