Elvis is one of the few people who will not coming to the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival, but you will be able to catch him on the silver screen for the first ever Wine Country ‘Ukulele Film Festival, Sunday, October 11, at 1:30 pm at the award winning Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. Ralph Shaw will be hosting the show and will loosen you up with a few bright numbers in anticipation of our guest performers: the dancers of Hiva Nui and Uncle Mike Keale, cousin of the late, great Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (“IZ” of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” fame) and nephew of award-winning traditional Hawaiian music vocalist, Moe Keale. Mike Keale is an important Hawaiian music performer in his own right and has kept his family’s Hawaiian music legacy alive performing at prestigious Waikiki venues such as the historic Royal Hawaiian and Moana Hotels, the Prince Kuhio Hotel, and the Marriott Waikiki’s Moana Terrace Lounge. This alone would be well worth the price of admission (only $10), but there’s also the movie, that wonderful classic, “Blue Hawai’i.” ‘Ukuleles are not required, but if you have one, bring it along and strum-a-long with Elvis as he “rocks a hula baby” with you. What a perfect way to close out a truly wonderful weekend.
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