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The group from SHACC’s first ukulele gathering. Photo: Linda Michael
The group from SHACC’s first ukulele gathering. Photo: Linda Michael

By Andrea Swayne

Sharing the sweet sounds of aloha, the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center recently kicked off its new group ukulele class, and due to the popularity of the February and March classes, will continue to offer the lessons on the third Tuesday of every month.

The group lessons, taught by Lincoln Kaio, run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are $8 per session for SHACC members. To be eligible for the classes, non-members may join online at www.surfingheritage.org or onsite before each lesson. The next session is set for Tuesday, April 21.

Born and raised in Laie, Oahu, Hawaii, Kaio and his ukulele group ULU (Uncle Lincoln’s Ukulele) Ohana, have been go-to uke music entertainers in Southern California for years. Kaio also serves as the principal hula musician for his wife Sissy Kaio’s award-winning halau (Hawaiian dance studio), Halau O Lilinoe a me Na Pua me Kealoha, founded in 1981. Kaio is the brother of Hawaiian surfer, Kealoha Kaio.

“After only two classes to date, Lincoln Kaio has everyone strumming in sync and reciting Hawaiian lyrics in perfect enunciation and everyone has a smile on their face,”  said Paul Strauch, SHACC executive director and ukulele student. “Affable and very entertaining, his classes force you to learn the rudiments of ukulele playing, but also to sing beautiful Hawaiian melodies as well. Don’t miss this opportunity. Come join us in April.”

For more information call 949.388.0313, or stop by the SHACC at 110 Calle Iglesia in San Clemente.

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