By Jesse Bertel

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, known as the “Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” is set to infuse the holiday season with aloha spirit during his Christmas in Hawai’i show.

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center, located on Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St.

Shimabukuro’s Christmas in Hawai’i performance promises a festive blend of signature concert favorites and holiday classics, including “We Three Kings,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “O Holy Night,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

The repertoire will also feature selections from his 2021 album, Jake & Friends, showcasing collaborations with artists such as Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jack Johnson, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, among others.

Renowned for his unparalleled ukulele skills, Shimabukuro’s musical versatility spans rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk and classical genres. With only four strings, Shimabukuro transforms the traditional Hawaiian instrument into a powerful and unique musical force, captivating audiences worldwide and amassing millions of fans.

“I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and the ukulele, I guess they usually say that it kind of came from Portugal, but then evolved in Hawai’i,” Shimabukuro said. “It’s synonymous with the Hawaiian culture there, but I’m not Hawaiian, you know, I’m actually a fifth generation Japanese-American.”

This performance reflects Shimabukuro’s genuine love for people, the holiday spirit and his home state of Hawai’i. The concert promises a warm welcome of merriment and wonder for the season, featuring special guest artists Jackson Waldhoff on bass and singer-songwriter Justin Kawika Young.

“All three of us are from Hawaii, you know, Justin, Jackson and myself,” Shimabukuro said. “We all learned [ukulele] in elementary school. It was part of the curriculum and kind of just learning about the Hawaiian culture was a big part of the public education system.”

Tickets for Jake Shimabukuro: Christmas in Hawai’i start at $39. The production is also part of the Performing Arts Center’s Holidazzle Package, offering a 10% discount for three holiday performances and a 15% discount for five, with no ticket fees.

Other upcoming performances in the Holidazzle Package include Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 2 and 3), Pink Martini featuring China Forbes (Dec. 14), and The Nutcracker featuring Ballet Victoria (Dec. 16 and 17).

For more information and reservations, contact the Ticket Office at 928-776-2000. The Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as one hour prior to performances. For more details, reservations, or online ticket purchases, call 928-776-2000 or visit

For more about Jake Shimabukuro and his music, visit

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Facebook @ JesseBertel, email him at, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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