Saipan ukulele group to perform in Japan


Larry Lee and his son, Kui, form the band Da Kine, which is now on its second year. (Contributed Photo)

Father-son entertainers Larry and Kui Lee have been invited to perform at the Funabashi Hawaiian Festival in Chiba, Japan, on Sept. 16. This is the first time that their ukulele band, known as Da Kine, will be featured at an international venue.

“We are very excited and honored to represent the Marianas at this awesome international cultural event,” said lead ukulele player and singer Kui Lee.

The annual Funabashi Hawaiian Festival, now on its seventh year, showcases Hawaiian musical and dance performances on six different stages, Hawaiian food and drinks, numerous cultural products, and the “Aloha spirit.”

The event is held at the Funabashi Port Water Park.

One of the event organizers, Yusuke Saito, said, “This is the biggest event in [the] Chiba Prefecture and we expect to see about 20,000 visitors at the Festival.”

Larry Lee and his son, Kui, have been performing professionally on Saipan for several years and have been teaching ukulele lessons since 2008.

Da Kine is now on its second year, performing at the popular Surf Club restaurant in Chalan Kanoa. The band currently performs there every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 6pm to 8pm.

Lee is the co-founder and co-organizer of the annual Marianas Ukulele Festival.

Saipan will be hosting the 3rd Marianas Ukulele Festival on Oct. 21, 2017, at the Garapan Fishing Base. (PR)

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