Ukulele workshop

July 18-23, 2022 at the Hawaii Convention Center

*Out-of-state students, please book travel outside of July 18-23 for full participation

Daily Classes (7/18-7/22)

8:00am-9:30am: Beginner

9:30am-11:00am: Intermediate

Student Concert Performance (7/23)

3:30pm at the Hawaii Convention Center


Hawaii Youth Symphony is thrilled to announce this stunning new program, led by Kala’e Camarillo and Mika Kane! 

Exclusive to Pacific Music Institute, learn from these ukulele virtuosos during this 5-day program. You’ll learn:

  • Fretboard Navigation
  • Achieving a Good Tone
  • Rhythm & Strumming
  • Composing & Songwriting
  • Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, & Dynamics in Music
  • How to Practice
  • Basic Music Theory Concepts
  • Improvising Over A 12-Bar Blues & Chord Substitutions

Kala'e Camarillo

In 2017, Kala’e released his his debut album entitled “Working Man.”  The album, which consists of 12 tracks (11 originals, 1 cover), can be heard across the Maui & Hilo radio airwaves and most recently on WNYR Radio New York.  In 2018, “Working Man” garnered Kala’e a nomination at the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii Grammys), recognizing him as one of Hawaii’s “Most Promising Artists.” 

In 2019, he released his sophomore album entitled “Feel at Home.”  This album features 11 original tracks and was produced by Hawaii’s very own two-time Grammy Award Winning Producer, Dave Tucciarone.  “Feel at Home” went on to win Kala’e his first ever Na Hoku Hanohano award for Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year.

Kala’e is currently in the studio with Grammy nominated producer, Imua Garza (Zeo Music), working on an EP that he plans to release later this year. Please stay up to date with all of the latest news and up coming shows by subscribing below!

Mika Kane

Mika Kane is a professional ‘ukulele player and Kamaka artist from Maui, Hawai’i. Mika received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an ‘Ukulele focus and a Masters Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Mentored by many of Hawai’i’s finest musicians, including Dr. Byron Yasui, Benny Chong, Bryan Tolentino, and Ian O’Sullivan, Mika has a prolific background in Classical techniques and interpretation, musical awareness, and music theory with Jazz harmonies. He mostly specializes in fingerstyle playing, adding relevant music theory concepts from his university studies to create a clean, one-of-a-kind sound.

Currently, Mika teaches ‘ukulele at The Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility, lectures at Windward Community College, does side work for The UkuleleSite and Ukulele Friend, and provides private one-on-one ‘ukulele lessons on Zoom. He also occasionally gigs professionally with Kala’e Camarillo at various hotels around O’ahu and at private weddings and functions.

Ukulele Workshop

Local residents, use the code "KAMAAINA" at checkout!
$ 100

$80 for Hawaii residents
Hawaii residents use coupon code KAMAAINA at checkout for 20% off

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Fun and Safe Learning Environment

PMI Ukulele Workshop is open to students entering 6-12th grade.  Graduating high school seniors are also welcome.

How would you describe your skill level?

Beginner (8-9:30am) – Little to no experience playing the ukulele. 

Intermediate (9:30-11am)- Can tune own ukulele. Understands basic chords and strumming patterns. Can pick a simple melody.


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

Kala’e’s album, “Feel at Home,” was named the Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year at the 2020 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian Grammy’s)!

Out of high school?

Adults interested in auditing the Ukulele Workshop with Kala’e and Mika may inquire with Jeremy at