Pick Up an UkuleleMaui
Inspired by Eddie Vedder’s ‘Ukulele Songs? Or maybe you fancy yourself to be the next Jake Shimabukuro, or just want to be able to strum along to songs such as “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole or the perennial favorite “‘Ukulele Lady.”
Either way, you’re in luck— Maui boasts several music shops that sell ‘UKULELE for the beginner as well as connoisseur.
As for the history of the ‘ukulele (pronounced “oo-koo-leh-leh,” not “you-ka-leh-leh”), the stringed instrument actually came to Hawai‘i with Portuguese immigrants in the late 1800s, along with MALASADAS and SWEET BREAD. Since then, the ‘ukulele has been a key part of kanikapila (backyard jam sessions) and popular Hawaiian tunes.
Strum the four strings for yourself at Bounty Music, where you can purchase an ‘ukulele to bring home or rent one for a day of island entertainment. While you’re at it, peruse a variety of other instruments and learn more about local music styles from the store’s experts. Bounty Music is located at 111 Hana Highway in Kahului, (808) 871-1141.