Due to the tremendous support from the local community and Korean ukulele performers, the Marianas Ukulele Festival, held last Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Marianas Business Plaza, was a huge success. The fifth annual festival featured professional ukulele masters Blues Lee and his wife, Vivian Kim, along with the Yeong Ju Teacher Ukulele Ensemble from Korea. Local performers included Marvin and Jay, Emi Peter-Palican, Joe Limes, Alana’ia, Da Kine, Jose Carreon, Juan and Keoni Ichihara, Hui Ukulele Club (Marianas High School), the Monkeya Brothers, Selepeo Sisters, Saipan Community School, and the Ukituki Band.
Heartfelt appreciation goes out to this year’s festival partners: Marianas Visitors Authority, T Galleria DFS, Island Image & Motion, Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture, Island Training Solutions, IT&E, Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan, PDI, Robert T. Torres Law Office, Triple J Saipan, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Burger Comer Magliari, Marianas Variety, KKMP, The Shack, Joeten Daidai Foundation, Marianas Business Plaza, Hertz Rent a Car, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Marianas Medical Center, MARPAC Distributors, Kinpachi Restaurant, Tropical Leisure Sports, Rep. Marco T. Peter, R& M Printers, and Blues Lee.
Ten ukuleles were raffled off at the Festival, and 20 scholarships for free ukulele lessons were given away. For more information and performance videos, visit www.marianasukulelefestival.org.(PR)