In 1997, a group of Hawaiian-American seniors got together and formed a ukulele club in Chicago. They called it the Na Kupuna Ukulele Club, as Na Kupuna means “elder” in the Hawaiian language. Together, the group of island and mainland born seniors sing, strum the ukulele and dance the hula to over 300 songs, including iconic Hawaiian classics like “Aloha Oe”, “Blue Hawaii”, “Hawaiian Wedding Song”, and “Kaulana Na Pua”. The group has held countless performances over the years, all across Chicago and as far as Hawaii. One of the club’s most notable performances was when the City of Chicago chose the Na Kupuna Ukulele Club to perform at the 2004 opening of Millennium Park.
Our love of music, camaraderie and appreciation for Hawaiian culture drives and inspires us to continue to make beautiful music together. Come see us soon. Aloha!
“The aloha spirit is among everybody. It's just a matter of tapping in.”
- Hifumi Sato, Na Kupuna Ukulele Club Member