San Francisco Dual Enrollment Students Create One-Handed Ukulele Device for Teen

by Madonna

In a remarkable display of ingenuity and compassion, students enrolled in San Francisco’s Dual Enrollment program have designed a groundbreaking device to enable a Jacksonville teenager to play the ukulele with ease, even with one hand.

As summer envelopes us, what better way to seek refuge from the heat than to bask in the allure of Hawaiian and Polynesian melodies? The Sedona International Film Festival proudly presents ‘Island Joy Music,’ a live concert event featuring the remarkable talents of Nani and Keith Lowery. The enchanting performance is scheduled for Thursday, August 10, at 7 p.m., hosted at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.


For those acquainted with the charm of Hawaii or those who have embarked on journeys to its shores, Island Joy Music promises to whisk you away on a nostalgic journey to the islands.


Through their unique amalgamation of the ukulele and Ubass, harmonious vocal interplay, and diverse repertoire, Nani and Keith conjure the essence of tropical paradise. Enthusiasts will be treated to an array of melodies representing various islands, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and The Big Island.


A delightful detour awaits as the duo transports the audience to the French Polynesia, serenading them with tunes from this idyllic South Pacific region. However, don’t let the seats embrace too much comfort, as attendees will be invited to learn the Hukilau hula—a dance frequently acquired by visitors during a Luau experience in Waikiki.

The concert culminates in a moving rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,’ a composition immortalized by the voice of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (Bruddah Iz).

Nani and Keith Lowery together constitute Island Joy Music. Their enchanting strains of traditional Hawaiian music have resonated within prestigious venues across the nation. Notably, their artistry has graced Holland America Line cruises, where they serenaded audiences with the melodies of Hawaii and Polynesia. Nani expertly navigates the tenor, concert, and baritone ukuleles, while Keith harmonizes on the UBass (Bass ukulele). Both talents also lend their voices to the performance.

Admission to this captivating experience is priced at $15, ensuring access to a meet-and-greet opportunity with Nani and Keith Lowery in the theater lobby following the concert.


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