Hawaiian Songs for Ukulele

with Amy Kucharik

Wednesday, July 31, 2024


Hawaiian Songs for Ukulele

  • In-Person Classes
  • Instrumental


From Queen Liliuokalani to Brother Iz, from hapa-haole to “Moana,” songs from and about Hawaii are a great fit for the ukulele and provide a joyful summery island sound no matter what time of year you play them. The ukulele itself is an instrument associated with laid-back, good times. Yet, the ukulele and music of Hawaii are entwined in a history rife with colonialism and cultural appropriation. How should we then, as haole (not native Hawaiian) musicians, approach our enjoyment of the ukulele? In this workshop (designed for most levels aside from absolute beginners), you’ll learn songs, a tiny bit of music theory, and plenty of ukulele skills to help you play and sing at various levels. We’ll discuss the history of the ukulele and of popular Hawaiian music with an eye for appreciating rather than appropriating. For continuing ukulele players: Basic chord and strumming knowledge are required; prior experience with the island strum, barre chords, and tablature reading are recommended, but not required.
This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm ET on Wednesdays Jul. 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, Aug. 21, (Make up: Aug 28)

Please note: Limited to students age 16 and up. Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 2 hours before the class begins. 4 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Amy Kucharik

  • Ukulele
Amy Kucharik  [/kuh-CHAR-ick/] has played ukulele as her primary instrument for more than a decade. In addition to teaching private lessons and weekly classes, Amy teaches and performs at ukulele workshops throughout the Eastern US including Rochester’s Flower City Ukulele Festival in 2019 and the Gaithersburg Ukefest (MD) in 2022 and 2023. As a performer, Amy energizes swing dances, festivals and listening rooms alike. Amy performs as a one-woman band with ukulele, tenor guitar, foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with bands featuring top New England musicians. Combining poignant lyrics and a danceable swing, Amy’s music has drawn comparisons to Maria Muldaur, Lake Street Dive, and Anais Mitchell. She draws from blues and Vaudeville traditions, musical theatre, 80s pop and contemporary folk music with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston. Amy was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition and a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, a NERFA DJ showcase artist in 2016, and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist for 2018. Her second full-length album of original music was released in 2018. She is a Mi-Si Electronics performing artist.

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