Ukulele workshop


Hawaii Youth Symphony is thrilled to announce this stunning new program, led by Jake Shimabukuro and his brother Bruce Shimabukuro! Shima Ukulele will also be generously lending 20 Shima ukuleles for students to use during the duration of the workshop.

Exclusive to Pacific Music Institute, learn from the ukulele virtuoso himself during this 3-day program. You’ll learn:

  • Fretboard Navigation
  • Achieving a Good Tone
  • Rhythm & Strumming
  • Composing & Songwriting (Jake will guide the class in writing a song together!)
  • Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, & Dynamics in Music
  • How to Practice
  • Basic Music Theory Concepts
  • Improvising Over A 12-Bar Blues & Chord Substitutions
  • Technical Gear (Strings, Pickups, DI Box, Effect Pedals, Cables, Power)

“Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one could have imagined back in the golden years of Don Ho, ranging freely across the music spectrum from jazz, blues, and funk to bluegrass, classical, and folk with the ease of a musician fully in command of the possibilities of his chosen instrument … Shimabukuro has completely rewritten the book on the possibilities of the ukulele.“ — Steve Leggett, Apple Music

Ukulele Workshop

Limited Spots Available
Local residents, use the code "KAMAAINA" at checkout!
$ 320 Kamaʻāina Discount
  • Individualized Instruction
  • Fun and Safe Learning Environment
2021 Details

July 14-17, 2021 at the Hawaii Convention Center

2021 Schedule

July 15-17: In-person workshops

1:00-2:45pm 6-8th grade students
3:00-4:45pm 9-12th grade students
5:00-6:00pm Variety School

July 18, 2021: Video Performance to premiere at the Ukulele Festival Hawaii!


PMI Ukulele Workshop is open to students entering 6-12th grade.  Middle school and high school students will be placed in separate classes.  Graduating high school seniors are also welcome.

Space is extremely limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We apologize for not being able to accommodate everyone this first year!

Out of high school?

Adults interested in auditing the Ukulele Workshop with Jake Shimabukuro may inquire with Jeremy at

Follow Jake

At PMI2021, instructors Jake Shimabukuro and Dean Taba surprised students with an impromptu performance of Misty.