Festival focuses on the ukulele

Students in the Kalama Intermediate School Ukulele Band follow the lead of musician and teacher Benny Uyetake on Sunday afternoon during the 12th annual Maui Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Performers included local musicians like Willie K and Paula Fuga; visiting artists such as Aloha Picking Ohana of California and Rui Okawa of Japan; and ukulele bands from Kalama and Kamehameha Schools Maui.

Second photo: Nathan Yaris of Los Angeles (right) and Patti Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif., perform with Aloha Picking Ohana, a group made up mostly of retirees from the Los Angeles area who have Hawaii roots. The group is taught by Mel Ogata.

The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photos