Pick Up An ‘Ukulele

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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. ‘Ukulele shops like BOUNTY MUSIC, a family-owned business established on Maui in 1979, has the experience and inventory to help you find the best ‘ukulele for you.

As for the history of the ‘UKULELE (pronounced “oo-koo-leh-leh,” not “you-ka-lay-lee”), the stringed instrument actually came to Hawai‘i with Portuguese immigrants in the late 1800s along with other island favorites like 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 Hāna Hwy. in Kahului (808-871-1141).

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