‘Mele Kalikimaka’ at JANM


“Mele Kalikimaka” is the theme for the next JANM Free Family Day on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

Celebrate the holidays island-style as KoAloha Ukulele leads performances, workshops, craft activities, and other holiday-inspired fun.

Santa-kaeru-with-ukulele-300px_jpg_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85All-day activities: Decorate a miniature paper palm tree; build a Hawaiian-style snowman; make a festive paper Japanese lantern at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

Scheduled activities:

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. / 1:30–3 p.m. — Make holiday and island-themed postcards in woodblock printing workshops led by KoAloha Ukulele. Musicians Ryo Montgomery and Ryan Imamura will be available to sign cards.

11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. / 12:15–1 p.m. / 1:15–2 p.m. / 2:15–3 p.m. — Bring your own ukulele for free lessons in basic playing techniques, presented by KoAloha Ukulele’s artist partners.

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. / 12–12:30 p.m. / 1–1:30 p.m. / 1:30–2 p.m. / 2:30–3 p.m. / 3–3:30 p.m. — An exciting array of ukulele performances is scheduled throughout the day, featuring KoAloha Ukulele’s local and international artist partners.

12–3 p.m.: — Have your photo taken with Asian American Santa in Nerdbot’s Hawaiian-style photo booth. A JANM holiday tradition.

3:30 p.m. — Close out the day with a spectacular all-star jam finale featuring Kalyn Aolani, Ryo and Ryan, Mike Sullivan, and Torrance Ukulele Group.

Sponsored by The Nissan Foundation.

For more information on programs and events at JANM, visit www.janm.org.



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