My KoAloha Story, the journey of ukulele maker Alvin Okami, comes to Orange County on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m., at the CAL State University, Fullerton Campus’ Titan Student Union/Pavilion A. The cost is $15.
The award-winning film, follows Alvin Okami, the owner of KoAloha Ukulele, his family and their journey. Known for crafting the highest-quality ukuleles for nearly two decades, the Okami story delves into music, memories, business innovation, and how a small instrument can change lives, bring people together, and help an entire culture live on through music.
Prior to the screening, guests are welcome to join the informal Ukulele Workshop, and
although not required, may bring their own ukulele to strum along. As well, a Mini-Performance by KoAloha artists, Jason Arimoto and Kawehi Wight, will follow.
The screening is partly a fundraiser for the SPICA (South Pacific Islander Cultural Association) and the Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club.
The ukulele is regarded as a beloved instrument in Hawaii and on the mainland, but also gaining popularity worldwide with artists playing the 4-stringed guitar-like instrument in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, and now Europe.