‘Imiloa After Dark: Kris Fuchigami
Kris Fuchigami To Take ‘Imiloa’s Planetarium Stage By Storm!
Local boy and accomplished ukulele artist, Kris Fuchigami to take ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Planetarium stage on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Fuchigami will be joined by special guest Brittni Paiva for a fun evening “under the stars!”
Born and raised in Kea‘au, the 24-year-old Fuchigami began his musical journey at age thirteen. The self taught player started with a beat up old ukulele and a strong desire to master the instrument. To prove to his father he deserved a new ukulele, he practiced and quickly proved himself by mastering some of Jake Shimabukuro’s songs. The young artist further developed under the guidance of Hilo Guitars & Ukuleles’ Joe Marquand and went on to win the Hamakua Music Festival Scholarship, release four CDs and headline various ukulele festivals around the world.
With an undeniable command of the instrument, Fuchigami plays with lightning fast fingers and is often compared to his idol, Jake Shimabukuro. Not only is Fuchigami a talented player but he also writes his own music. He says he is inspired by many, but names Bruno Mars and Tupac Shakur in particular.
Tickets for this event are $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Seats are limited and can be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.
‘IMILOA AFTER DARK is ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s evening social entertainment series featuring an eclectic array of events.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org.