Ukulele players from around the world are tuning up in Honolulu this week in preparation for the sixth annual Ukulele Picnic.
The event, which is to run Friday through Sunday, honors Hawaii's favorite instrument. It will include a fundraising concert on Friday, an international ukulele contest and hula show on Saturday and the picnic itself on Sunday.
"The Ukulele Picnic shares the gift of the ukulele with the world," said event founder Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, who calls the instrument "a symbol to the world of Hawaii and its aloha spirit."
The fundraising concert on Friday will support efforts to build the Hawaiian Ukulele Museum, which is to contain a permanent collection outlining the history of the instrument and emphasizing its contribution to island music.
On Saturday, the International Ukulele Contest and Hula Show will draw amateur players of all ages and abilities to Honolulu's Ala Moana Center.