The ‘ukulele, the tiny musical stringed instrument that’s now the rage at home and abroad, is associated with Hawai`i, but its popularity started with the Portuguese immigrants who introduced the instrument more than a century ago to the Hawaiians. Members of the Hawai`i State Society `Ukulele Hui, will chronicle some of the historical events and key figures up to the present that have factored in to the ‘ukulele’s great appeal among the young and old worldwide. The ‘ukulele has gone through waves of popularity (it is now in its third wave) spurred on by technology – the radio, television, and now the internet. The ‘ukulele is also associated with the hula, the dance form of Hawai`i, which will also be featured in this presentation.
The HSS ‘Ukulele Hui, under the directorship of Carol Takafuji, has been in existence for 10 years. Its goal is the same as that of the Society’s mission statement, which is to promote and perpetuate the culture of Hawai`i, and to spread the Aloha spirit to the community and beyond.
The HSS ‘Ukulele Hui includes Wendell Yee, Amy Rider, Carol Takafuji, Director, Claire Freeman, andTomoko Davis.
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