“Go For Da Record Hana Hou” benefits JASH’s Rainbow for Japan Kids Project

Jake Shimabukuro presents a donation to JASH President Ed Hawkins before performing at the "Go for Da Record Hana Hou" event at Blaisdell Arena

Jake Shimabukuro presents a donation to JASH President Ed Hawkins before performing at the “Go for Da Record Hana Hou” event at Blaisdell Arena

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro again led the effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the simultaneous playing of the ukulele, this time at the Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, April 28. Although the attempt fell short, nearly 1,300 ukulele players from Hawaii and around the world, including many from Japan, gathered. The event began at 4 p.m. with numerous ukulele artists taking the stage to showcase their talents. Promptly at 7 p.m. (the announced time of the world record attempt), emcee Billy V called on the gathered crowd to take their appointed seats to be counted. A representative from the Guinness Book was on hand. Jake took the stage and led the crowd in a three-cord song. Volunteers handed out luminous wrist bands to the players and the lights were dimmed during the attempt, adding to the joyful atmosphere. When the count was announced, a sigh of disappointment rose from the crowd, but organizer Leo Daquioag of the Music For Life Foundation took the stage, thanked everyone, and proclaimed success as it brought people together with music. Leo announced that there will be another attempt. Prior to the attempt, JASH President Ed Hawkins met with Jake in the dressing room to accept a donation for JASH and the Rainbow for Japan Kids.