Beloved ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will be “LIVE FROM HAWAII” streaming from his Official Facebook every Friday night at 6pm PT / 9pm ET.
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Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shimabukuro has helped to create a local grassroots Hawaii campaign – “HOME IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE” – to raise awareness about the alarming rise in domestic violence and child abuse cases in communities around the world that have risen with the shelter in place mandate.
Shimabukuro said, “For many school children, campus was a place of shelter and escape from the dangers at home. Various after-school programs provided valuable opportunities for them to be away from home just a little longer. Organizations dealing with domestic violence and abuse rely heavily on teachers, coaches, and school counselors to keep ‘eyes’ on their students and report new cases. Now that schools are not in session, we have no ‘eyes’ on these children. And with the lockdown in place, they have no escape. This public service announcement seeks to raise awareness and remind everyone that ‘we’ – all of us – are now the eyes for these victims. If you see something or know something, SAY SOMETHING. Organizations dealing with domestic violence and child abuse cases are mobile during this time and actively responding to reports as they come in. We really have to get help for the abused and the abuser to stop the violence. This is a challenging time for all of us and we all have to work together to keep Hawai’i safe. Aloha.”
Shimabukuro and his partners, Pomaika’i Lyman (educator, musician) and David Tautofi (coach, founder of Kaimuki Youth Development Organization, 501c3), are working with local hotels to secure rooms for mothers and their children who need a safe place to stay during this time. They are doing outreach to the community to secure laptops and tablets so children and families have access to remote learning and remote counseling. They are also working with non-profits such as Malama Meals, who have so far given out over 50k meals to those in need. Additional partners include local non-profits health clinics and homeless shelters aiding at-risk youth and homeless families.
Jake Shimabukuro’s new studio album Trio was released on February 14 via Music Theories Recordings, a division of Mascot Label Group. It landed at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, a first for the ukulele virtuoso.
Jake’s new album ‘Trio’ – download here: https://smarturl.it/JakeShimabukuro
A second special release will follow later in the year, where Jake collaborates with a number of high-profile guests. Jake & Friends will feature artists such as Lyle Lovett, Bette Midler, Jack Johnson, Jon Anderson (Yes), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule), Moon Taxi, Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel), and Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) among others.
For more information, please visit www.jakeshimabukuro.com