Kalei Gamiao (Hawaii)


Big Top Marquee
Saturday 8pm
Sunday 8.15pm

Big Top Marquee
Saturday 9am
Sunday 10am
Workshop info below

Wielding his ukulele like it will one day rule the world, Kalei Gamiao mesmerizes audiences with imaginative musicality and flawless execution. This soft spoken young man can silence a talkative crowd as he delicately picks or fires away at his simple four-stringed instrument. Captivated by his skill and the ukulele’s versatility, expressions like “I was floored” or “he had me at the edge of my seat” are familiar responses from first time listeners who eagerly fall under the power of Kalei’s ukulele. His ability to create sounds that are incredibly rich and full are even more amazing when you consider he only has two octaves to work with. Award winning ukulele master, Herb Ohta, Jr., summed it up best when he declared, “Kalei’s music and ukulele prowess will take the ukulele to new heights!”

For Kalei, who says, “There is never a sad or dull moment when the ukulele is present. Music has the power to change the world. I’m just a messenger”. The power of the ukulele goes well beyond his ability to dazzle an audience. During his travels, he witnessed the ukulele’s ability to bring people together in spite of obvious differences. Seeing the students of the ukulele happily strumming together in his workshops convinced Kalei that music has the power to inspire, heal, and create peace. Kalei supports his belief in the power of music by actively promoting charitable organizations which raises funds to provide musical instruments to schools, and by offering ukulele workshops to students, in the same way in which he was mentored.

From Hawaii’s sleepy North Shore town of Haleiwa, Kalei’s adventure with the ukulele began at the age of thirteen when he suffered a sports injury while playing baseball and needed to find an activity which would keep him busy while he recovered. Following a suggestion made by his parents he decided to try ukulele lessons. After the first strum, Kalei was hooked. His exposure to a wide variety of ukulele masters including Alfred Canopin, Gordon Mark, Byron Yasui, Benny Chong and Kimo Hussey, motivated him to embrace a range of styles – jazz, rock, pop, classical, blues, flamenco, funk, as well as the music of his cultural roots, Hawaiian and island contemporary. In less than a dozen years, Kalei’s passion and dedication to his craft helped bring the ukulele sound into the twenty first century as he thrilled audiences and inspired the next generation of players to dream of one day playing just like him.

With 3 completed nominated albums to his name Kalei Gamiao been at the forefront of today’s ukulele revolution since 2008 when his debut album, “Contemporary Ukulele,” kicked up the demand for performances in the U.S market. After the release of his second album entitled “Redefined” in 2012 a greater demand for more of his music and performances exposed Kalei to hundreds of thousands of ukulele enthusiasts from around the world. When his third album “Merry Ukulele Christmas” released in 2013 as a seasonal project it propelled and broadened Kalei’s repertoire to new levels as many web and social media sites provide instant access for his fans to stay connected to his music and the explosive world-wide popularity of the ukulele. With the release of his 4th latest album “These Moments” in 2016 he has already traveled and performed in different parts of the world to share his passion for music in countries such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S mainland.

As a true ukulele virtuoso he sums it up by saying….. “My ukulele expresses every word and emotion. I love to create and share my musical journeys for everyone to enjoy”.


Innovative, Unique, and Original is what best describes Kalei Gamiao’s workshops. His knowledge of creating and sharing his own style of the ukulele abilities go beyond what people think of this four string instrument can do and is in direct response of being mentored by ukulele masters such as Gordon Mark, Benny Chong, Kimo Hussey, Alfredo Canopin, Brian Tolentino, and Dr. Byron Yasui.  Topics covered include warm up exercises, techniques, scales, improvising, music theory, solo arrangements, and effective ways of practicing. A must for people who want to learn more and improve their knowledge.

This workshop will be a combination of both intermediate/advance level(s)

Objective: To further increase the attendee’s musical knowledge of the ukulele.

Workshop Topics Include:

Warm-up Exercises (warm up like a pro!)

*Right and left hand stretches

*Loosening your strumming hand

*Strengthening your left hand

*Strumming and chord warm-ups


*Strumming variations

*Picking Variations

*Control (focusing on the right hand)

*Kalei’s signature techniques

*How to play cleaner

The importance of knowing you scales and memorizing your fret board

*Music ABC’s

*Major scale formula

*Chromatic Scale

*Scales are important

Music Theory

*Chord formulas (major, minor, 7’s, major 7, minor 7, augmented, diminished.

*Relative minors

*Minor Scales (natural, melodic, harmonic)

*Blues scale



*How to improvise

*Making every note count

*Different genre, different feel

*Note bending

Arranging ukulele solos/instrumentals

*Choosing the right key

*Note limitations of the ukulele

*Choosing the right chord positions and chord substitutes

*Combing chords with melody

How to practice (the correct and most effective way to practice)

*How long should you practice

*Slowing things down during practice

*Playing clean VS. Just playing the song

*how to play with emotions.

The correct way to eat sushi

*This was just thrown in here just to see if you are reading the outline

* So now that you have an idea of what will be covered in my workshops I am looking forward to meeting all of you. Aloha- Kalei G.

For more information please visit:   www.Kaleigamiao.com or catch some of Kalei’s video performances on the video’s below.