ʻUkulele workshop


Get ready to strum and sing with our summer ʻukulele program led by brothers Kalaʻe and Kamaka Camarillo! Our program is designed for students of all levels who want to learn and improve their ʻukulele skills in a fun and supportive environment. Sign up for our summer ukulele program today!

Exclusive to Pacific Music Institute, learn from these ʻukulele 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

Kalaʻe Camarillo

In 2017, Kalaʻe 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 Kalaʻe a nomination at the prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawaiʻi Grammys), recognizing him as one of Hawaiʻi’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 Hawaiʻi’s very own two-time Grammy Award Winning Producer, Dave Tucciarone.  “Feel at Home” went on to win Kala’e his first ever Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Contemporary Acoustic Album of the Year.

Kalaʻe 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!

Kamaka Camarillo

Kamaka Camarillo is a native of Kīhei, Maui, who currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He is a songwriter and graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Music Education Program, who teaches guitar, ‘ukulele, and Polynesian Music at Kaiser High School. Outside of the classroom, he performs weekly music gigs in Waikīkī, sharing his music and deep appreciation for his cultural heritage. He is also a 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Music Awards recipient for his debut album “S.O.U.L.” Subscribe to www.kamakacamarillo.com for updates.
July 8-13, 2024

At McKinley High School

*Out-of-state students, please book travel outside of July 8-13, 2023 for full participation.

Details subject to change for 2024. Please sign up for emails to be notified when 2024 enrollment is available.

'Ukulele Workshop

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Fun and Safe Learning Environment
Eligibility Requirements

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

How would you describe your skill level?

Beginner – Little to no experience playing the ʻukulele. 

Intermediate – Can tune own ʻukulele. Understands basic chords and strumming patterns. Can pick a simple melody.


At PMI 2021, instructors Jake Shimabukuro and Dean Taba surprised students with an impromptu performance of Misty.

Kalaʻe’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 ʻUkulele Workshop with Kalaʻe and Kamaka may inquire with Jeremy at Jeremy@hiyouthsympony.org.