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Islander By Kanilea Ukulele
The 'Ukulele (pronounced "oo-koo-le-le") was introduced by Portuguese immigrants who migrated to Hawai'i. They were looking for new lives, but even more so, work.The braguinha, or "machete de braga" as my ninety-five year old Portuguese Grandmother calls it, is still a hit on the island of Madiera in Portugal, where she is from. In late August of 1879, legend has it that the 'ukulele first arrived in Hawai'i. Upon arrival in Honolulu, a musician named Joao Fernandez strummed his braguinha while singing Portuguese folksongs.Today, as you well know, the 'ukulele or uke is famous the world over. There are many well-known names that are associated with the 'ukulele. Here in Hawai'i the 'ukulele has had a major resurgence. It is not uncommon to see children playing their ukes at the beach, or at "The Bus" stop. The majority of accomplished musical groups in Hawai'i have at least one or two 'ukulele players. Even in Japan the 'ukulele has gained in popularity by leaps and bounds.It gives me great honor to perpetuate both my Portuguese and Hawaiian ancestry, with this true woodworking piece of art, the 'Ukulele!
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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