Ukulele lovers seek world record in LaLa land

'We're hoping to bring [the record] to L.A. and put us on the ukulele map,' world-record attempter says

Masses of ukulele strummers will swarm downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo on Saturday, creating a roar of mellow melody and maybe a world record.

Grammy-winning artists Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho are scheduled to lead the participants in playing "Pua I Ka Ua" (Flowers in the Rain).

It will be the second attempt by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and U-Space, a music school and shop, to set the Guinness World Record for largest ukulele ensemble.

The first Los Angeles attempt, last year, fell well-shy of breaking the 2013 record of 2,135 ukulele players held by Yokohama, Japan. The 2014 record-holder, with 2,370 musicians, is Hampshire, England.

"We're hoping to bring [the record] to L.A. and put us on the ukulele map," Ho said.

So far, 800 participants have registered for the event, and organizers hope that nearly 2,000 will sign up on Saturday.

The event will be at the center's plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St. For more information, go to the event website.


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