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Kia Ora from Wellington, North Island, New Zealand.
I discovered your great website while searching for information about the ukulele.
I have been thinking about learning the uke for about 6 mths now and am now about to buy
one. Your site has provided me with lots of information and advice on all aspects of the
ukulele. It is one of the easiest to use and most helpful that I have come across. I am going
to get a soprano and am still trying different brands. I am drawn towards a rather nice
Lanikai at this stage. I have played the guitar in the past (the very distant past)
piano and recorder and am looking forward to my new musical adventure. I am 62 yrs old ..
its never too late to take on a new challenge.
Auwe! That right sistah. Neva too late. Specially for da ukule, yeah?
Mahalos for you nice words bout my site too. I try.. you kno. Lanikai a good choice I tink.
Realz. Enjoy whateva you gonna find here fo you. Jam on hoaaloha... jam on an enjoy.
My name is Perry Goldstein. I am 53 years old. I have been playing Ukulele for 33 years. I
also play guitar.. bass and mandolin but the Uke is my favorite. I discovered your site by
accident.. but am so happy I found it. I live in Fountain valley. I will join you on
January 17th. My goal is to learn more Hawaiian songs and to learn to play better.. like
Cool.. keep practicing a little bit every day.. and someday.... someday.... someday..
see you on da 17th
Aloha Kakou. I was on Mele.com and saw a list of names and happened to click on yours.
Love your website. Your pidgeon writing takes me back to those "hanabadah" days. I
am native Hawaiian from Oahu but resides in Los Angeles.. about 34 years. My ukulele is an
old kamaka and although theres a minor crack it plays well. Coming from a family of musicians
I have been playing the ukulele since hanabadah dayz. Jerome and Moon of the Makaha Sons are
my classmates and we use to jam in school. My cousin Kapono Ka'aihue is also a well
known musician. I try to make it to his concerts when he comes to Los Angeles. Don't
know if youre familar with the groups "Koauka" (Kaliu Rosa) and "Pali"
(Pali Ka'aihue). They are my nephews. Im teaching my 3 year old mo'opuna
(grand daughter) the uklele and songs of the islands. She sings Pearly Shells all
the time and strums the uke like a pro. Anyway.. just wanted to say I love your site and am
glad I clicked on your name. I'll stop by again. Until then.. Ahui Ho E Malama Pono.
Aloha e cuz.
I neva gonna understan what you wanna live here bruddah.. really.
I visit na mokupuni every summer and that no even enuf fo me too. Anyways.. glad ko'u
wala'au get you home for a bit. I kno how ko'u pu'uwai hurtin for da aina.. Im
sure you too, fo realz.
Finally, too, you click on da link that actually take you somewhere on da net dats
good, yeah? Cool. Welcome bruddah.
I findin myself ho'opa'a ha'awina olelo hawaii
i na la apau. Tryin to get beta. Aka.. pa'akiki, bruddah. Hua olelo nui cuz.
Still gonna push through dis journey tho caus I really dig it. I no know Kaliu but I have 2
CD from Pali. My favorite da first one. Really cool jams on dat one. One of my favorites..
really.. and I have a few CDs.. sheeeeesh... believe me bruddah. I appreciate
you signin and hope you make it back again sometime. Mele Kalikimaka a hau'ole Makahiki
12-2-08,M. Kahuilaokalani Motas
Howzit bruddha, I have been a fan of this website for a while and have recently
introduced my ukulele class to some of your compositions. I presently teach keiki class and
Kupunas at Kaumakapili Church in Kalihi on Oahu. You know.. da church next to
Tamashiro's Market on Palama St. Mahalos for making songs and presentations easy to
follow and transposing chords is no problem for the keikis. They learning in the Key of C
while da Kupunas get da real thing. Again mahalos and maybe one day.. you can pop in on one
of the classes which I teach on Sundays before singspiration and the main mass.
Aloha Ke Akua.
Maika'i no! Glad you sign da site. Nice to hear na mokupuni kanaka diggin da pages too.
An usin dem i loko o ka hale O Akua! Kupaianaha hoaloha. Mahalo to you and yours. I
appreciate you takin da time. Mele Kalikimaka a hau'ole Makahiki hou. Laterz
England...New to Ukes and lovin' them up - looking to
learn the good ole fashioned way as well as via tabs. I want to understand chord formation..
scale positioning the works. Finding your pages to be mega oob. Thankyou !
Mahalo Nui e MiaRosie.. no'u ka hau'ole. Glad you finally found me here...
I've been waiting.. okay.. (not really).. but glad you found me here. Use me
and enjoy..hoaaloha. A huihou kaua.
Aloha from the island of Pasadena California! I found your website while looking for
where notes are on the fretboard. It's a great website - very useful! I
don't know how it happened... but one month ago I saw some ukuleles in the music store
and when I came home I had one under my arm. Now I play it every day and it really lifts my
spirits... even though I am getting unattractive bumpy "chicken skin" on the inside
of my right forearm. You keep up the good work!
An you be a good islander at heart and keep up you chicken skin, sistah.
Mahalos for checkin my site and signin. Enjoy
Hey.. cool site brah. This is Charlie, fellow haole from loko wai Tahoe here in the
frozen mountains of California. I just returned from my first trip to Hawaii and I've
been drivin my wife nutz with a bad case of Kauai fever. I've been playing sax.. piano..
guitar.. etc ... for about four decades.. and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first
ukulele. Your site has reassured me that I'm not alone in this craziness.. even though
my country music lovin co-workers are sure that I've lost it.. walking around
humming "Ka Huila Wai". Can't wait to explore the site more deeply and start
strummin. Mahalo, braddah Clint.
Charlie, Lake Tahoe, CA. ... age - old enough to be gettin AARP junk mail.
Glad you finally jump off those öpala instruments and find da kine ho'okahi,
cuz. E komo mai, hoaaloha ...
Lots of cool ikepili on my site... so dig in.. and no worries about you friends tinkin you
pupule.. if they diggin da country music.. den they lovin na mele paniolo
no ho'i kekahi, yeah?
Laterz.. and good luck to you on you journey. Mahalos for signin.
Aloha! I recently came upon your website and wondered if maybe you can answer my
question or even lead me in the right direction. In short.. my fiance and I fell in love
with Hawaii and its amazing ukulele music about a year ago when we visited. We are now
planning our wedding and truly want to find a ukulele version of the Bride's Chorus
(Here comes the Bride). I have always wanted to come into that song but would love
it if I could find a Hawaii sounding one. I don't know if you would have an idea of
maybe a cd or artist that would have this. Either way.. thank you for sharing your love of
music on your website. Mahalo. N. Rodriguez
A'ole hoaaloha.. kala mai.
I have never heard a version of the "Bride's Chorus" in Hawaiian.. or done in
any Hawaiian way. Out of the 300 Hawaiian CD's that I do have.. I know of 2 Hawaiian
wedding mele that are done in olelo Hawaii.
One is.. of course.. the Hawaiian Wedding Song..
Ke Kali Nei Au ... ( yeah, that one ).. it is done by the group MAUNALUA..
and is on their first album.. ( of the same name ). Very nicely done.
The other is done by the group NA KAMA and is off their album ( Kamakolu ). It is
called E Maliu Mai and is also very beautiful.
If you lookin for the Brides Chorus done in Hawaiian.. you may just have to hire some jammin
Hawaiian jammers to play it for you. Good luck to you, sistah.
What a fabulous website ...Hi! I'm Martin from the chilly and wet Scottish lowlands.
I've just started on my first soprano ukulele. I've fallen in love for the first
time in my life! What a beautiful instrument. Your words of encouragement to beginners...
with your helpful signposts have been a constant source of pleasure. You explain things very
simply and make it so much more interesting than some dry old instruction book. You're a
great teacher and thanks for your enthusiasm which is really contagious. Keep it up.
Aloha from Glasgow.
How nice. Mahalos to you cuz. Glad you readin da site from way over there.. findin lots
of stuff to use and thinkin da site easy to navigate around. I really appreciate your
kind words. Laterz bruddah.
11-8-08,J. Bryant III
Visited Big Island and fell in love with the Uke. Love Big IZ. I bought my son a tenor Uke
and had to get a solid one for me a few days later. We come from around Springfield
Illinois. I am 36.. my boy is 10. We are excited about learning to play the uke. Mahalo for
this site... J. and C. Bryant
Sorry for da delay on posting, bruddah. Glad you both finally gound da site. Good
stuffs here to use so you and your boy can learn tugeda. Play a bit every day. Good times
cuz. Mahalos for signin here.
Hi I'm Liz and my island is England. Since I retired a
year ago ..62 years old now.. I have got into playing this dear little instrument the ukulele.
So far I on have three sopranos but am about to bid for another on Ebay.. I love the old
ones... Now a very clever neighbour is helping me to make my own tenor ukulele, we are
just waiting for the plan to arrive from a web contact.. "Don's plans" of USA.
I play bass with a crowd of guitarists and a drummer in my little village. Until very
recently I was the bass player in a blues band.. Blueprint 4.. we are on My space still!
I am only a basic player.. started that 3 years ago. But this little uke sounds so sweet
and is so portable.. it comes with me everywhere.. great when stuck in traffic! Your
web site is just fantastic.. thank you so much.. if I ever come to the USA Ill be at your
group. Sunday I went to see the "'Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain" they are fun
and made me want to be a better player. ..if you havent heard of them they are on You Tube..
You have put so much work into your site making it interesting and very easy to negotiate
thanks again and again. Liz
If you look at my site you gonna see that Ebay a sickness wen it come to ukes.
Glad you found my site an hope you keep comin back until you find no more stuffs you need.
Enjoy dis little instrument. Jam on. Mahalos for signin from way over there too.
If youre interested in little snippets of oral history.. please read on. If not.. let me say
I love your pages and find them very useful. Heres the story. I am a semi retired radio
announcer and in the early 1980s I was working at a station.. WRFM.. in New York City. We
ran a commentary from former Treasury Secretary William Simon at 530 PM each weekday. One
day after the commentary ended.. the phone rang and the guy on the other end asked if he
could have a transcript of the item. I said something along the lines of "You sound
just like Arthur Godfrey." And he replied "Thats because I AM Arthur Godfrey."
We got to be .. I wont say friends.. but acquaintances.. and one day I was at his place in
the East 70s and brought him the pieces of an Arthur Godfrey Uke Player.. like the one shown
on your page. He lit up and told me he hadnt thought about that thing in decades and asked
why it was in pieces. I told him it was because I was five years old when I got it.. and
like any five year old.. ( was about 40 at the time ) and couldnt get it back
together. So I used the pieces to figure out the chords and learned to play them without the
gadget. We had a good laugh. While I still had the pieces of the Uke Player.. I no longer
had the uke.. the same Flamingo youve pictured. It had a "terrible accident". Well..
not exactly an accident. I busted it over my sisters rear during a fight when I was
maybe seven or eight. I always wanted another just like it and about ten years ago I found
one. I think I paid 60 or 70 bucks for it. The original was 2.98.
Wes Richards New York NY
Cute mo'olelo cuz. Time goes yeah? Awesome that you got to know A.G.. Cool.
Many mahalos for signin my site page. Hope you find stuffs you can use. Laterz hoaaolha
Hello.. my name is Sören but all of my friends call me Smokey. i'm from
30 years old. Im so lucky that I have found your site today! Cos the last two years was
very bad for me and I decided to give my life a lil more peace. And I guess learn to play a
ukulele is exactly what I need. I was the first German Ruff Ryder. And if youve already
heard about the RR fam.. you know.. that are also RR's on Hawaii. One of my RR friends
are from Hawaii. He live in Kamuela. I realy love this piece of earth. The culture.. musik...
everything. I realy hope to learn.. with your help... to play this instrument. Sorry for
my english.. I hope you have understand me .. Much greetz from Germany.. the other side of
world .. Smoky!
Mahalos from signin from way over there cus.. glad you found me here. Lots of stuff to use.
You have questions lemme know how I can help. You starting in the right place tho. Dis da
kine place to begin bruddah. Good luck.. stay in touch.
Mahalo! I'm a firsttime guest. My name is Joe. I became interested in playing the
ukelele just in August 2008. I met a ukelele instructor in the Makaha Valley because my
friend plays the guitar and wanted to learn the ukelele. "Danny" gave us a quick
lesson and I have been fascinated with this instrument since.
Cool. It's a great instrument to be fascinated by. Much you can do wid dis awesome
instrument... but so little time too, yeah? Mahalos for signin cuz
Name... Shelby Age... you don wanna know... I've just spent lotsa time on your site
tonite ... hubby got bit by "the flea" after our trip to Hawaii ... which was
completely awesome by the way and I can't wait to go back ...we've had a Martin uke
in the closet since my Papa died in 1996. After being surrounded by IZ music.. hubby and
devoted grandson took the uke out and began teaching himself to play with the help of
everything I can find on the Internet. Your site has lots.. everything a newbie with a now
way too expensive uke needs to know.... I may have to pick up a practice uke.. I'll
probably never get to use Papas again... At least I can tune it ...to
"my dog has fleas" even! one of Papas greatest pleasures in life was getting
out the uke and singing and playing for the grandkids and greatgrandkids. My
greatgrandfather was from Hawaii.. I don't know where though ...what are the chances of
finding relatives of Manuel Souza in Hawaii ....but my grandparents had tons of Hawaiian
music in their home and were very into the culture. So we're bringing it forward and
like to think the Papa would be pleased that his old uke is making music again...
Cool that you puttin new life into da ol ukulele. Glad you find my site and hope you keep
lookin and findin new stuffs to use for you. Mahalos for signin.. laterz
Kia Ora from one island to another!
Hi Clint, My name is Kevin from the Islands of
New Zealand! I see you have some from Australia, but
none from New Zealand. I just love your website. You have done very well and it has helped
me greatly in getting started with my Uke. I have just started learning the Ukulele last
week and I'm really enjoying it. In fact, I bought a Ukulele for my 8 year old
daughter for her birthday on the 2nd of October, and thought I would get one for myself
so we both can learn. After a week of playing my wife couldn't believe how far I got in
such a short time that she has joined me and is now learning the Ukulele too! We had a
jam session last night and our German Homestay was listening and I gave her a Ukulele to
try.. and now she is hooked and wants a Ukulele.. so I'm going out today to get her
one! Hmmmm.... who else can we introduce to this great instrument and join our
group? We have decided that we will learn Christmas songs then play it to our family on
Christmas Day. My older daughter plays the Alto Sax so she will do the "Vocal" side
while we play the melody. It will be a heap of fun. On the 22nd of November 08 New Zealand
has a Ukulele Festival.. held at Mt. Smart Stadium (huge rugby field). The
organisers think there will be over 1000 Uke players and will try for a World Record of the
most Uke players in one place. I'm looking forward to this. Looking through your
website.. are you selling your Playbooks? You have some really nice songs on them that
would be fun to play and others that I haven't heard of before. Keep up the good work.
Mahalos for sign from New Zealand cuz. Cool. I can see you just a few känaka away from
having you own strummin group there too .. so keep recruitin'em cuz. Nice you can play
togeda as a family.. very nice. I email you bout da Playbooks too. Keep in touch lemme kno
how goes it bruddah
Hey bra ... I lookin for da kine info on da uke and come across this fine site. Good
info ... hope you don't mind me copying for my use. Originally I come from Guam now
makin' my home here in da desert ... whoa hot bra! My name is Ron Oliva..Age ...
well I no tell ... old dats all. Wishing you more good luck.
Aloha e Ron. Mahalos for signin and da nice words cuz. Hope you enjoyin dat cool
mountain breeze...and da site here for you to copy... so copy away bruddah!
My first love from Guam too. Long time ago hoaaloha.
Enjoy da site stuffs .. and a big Aloha to Mila Darag.. where ever you are..
I'm looking for a group in the Las Vegas area... preferably in the SE area of town or in
Henderson. I'd like to play with a group for fun. I'm primarily a pianist and
organist, but am enjoying learning the uke.
You have my email above. I forgot the other things you requested.. I'm retired from the
Clark Co. School District. Are there other CCSD employees ..past or present.. who would like
to form a uke band?
I was raised in Henderson sistah.. a place called Victory Village.. da projects really.. just
off Boulder Hwy, near a KFC and a church-school. Da places houses now.. den we moved
across da Hwy to Kansas ave. Broke down house den too. Ahhh.. memories. Anyways.. anybody
wanna start somtin wid Carol write me here and I post. luck to you an Mahalos for signin
Thanks Clint for posting all that great uke info. It seems everyone that catches Uke Fever
ends up collecting more ukes than they can play. Ive got 4 and will stop at that for now.
Ive given away 4 ukes to get people interested. Sadly either you've got music inside you
trying to get out or not. You can only lead the horse to water. Good job on coding your
Glad you found it. Just keep strummin for fun.. no worries about wether you gonna have music
inside you or not.. everybody have it inside.. jus... let it come out ... have
good times and play and sing. That what it all about anyway...
yeah? Laterz hoaaloha
8-11-08,Cynthia Van Den Berge
Greetings! I am a guitarist who has become enthralled with the lovely little uke since
hearing the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I am not sure who the musician is but I heard
that he is famous. I play on a worship team at church and would really like to see if I can
adapt the Uke to some of our contemporary Christian and Gospel music. What do you think?
Any suggestions as to where I should purchase an instrument and what type I should start out
with? I love your website! Regards, Cynthia
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole... yeah... sort of known in da islands too... I think.. anyways..
I think da uke would be really nice in da church.. have played in a church and loved da
resonance throughout da place wen playing.. nice..
I would look at "Lanikai" ukulele. Good ukes for da money. Chek you local music
store...Mahalos for checkin da site. A hui hou..
Aloha, My name is Wally Beck from Hilo Hi. (Keaukaha) hawaiian homes land with
the rest of the brahhdas. Born and grew up there till I left for college. A very good
friend of mine from California name Pat Enos who I played music with for 20 years in
Maryland told me about your Website and how Awesome it was. My wife and I just spent a week
at Pats house on Widbey Is. Wash. with Pat.. his wife and Bill Tapia playing music. Bill and
Pat did a uke work shop in seattle and we did a a kanikapila on the island for some of the
local residence. Of course along with some local grinds. Great music and great time all
week. Bill had a bunch of students came to the house on the island for private lessons. The
only way to the island is by ferry boat and it was an experience. Of course the highlite
of the trip was playing music again with Bill for a whole week and learning from this 100
year old legend. I retired from G.E. after working with them for 34 years. and live in
Maryland for 40 yrs. I have a son who use to live in Huntington Beach but recently moved
to the Big Island after 12 years in California. He had his own Architec Business in
California after graduating with his masters from UCLA. And I have a daughter living in
Maryland with her husband and my keiki wahine Moopuna. Mahalo for the priviledge of
checking out your website and great job in putting it together. Wally
No'u ka hau'oli bruddah. Glad you check me out here.
I looove Hilo... I rememba stayin Uncle Billys right there next to Kens.. Jammin wid da
local band AUKAHI PRIDE (on da night off)... awesome group.. I used to know da
brother of da lead singa.. and he turned me on to da group.. nice melodies and cool sounds.
Anyways.. Kens Pancake House.. right there.. da kine. By da way Känaka..
My Kens Pancake house T-shirt all worn out...I need anuddah.. so if anybody in Hilo
seeing dis.. check my store on dis site.. we can trade some stuffs.. and rememba..I wear
X-Large cuz. Anyways..I know Pat Enos.. met him some years ago..yeah? Have had the
pleasure of playing and working with Bill Tapia for a few years.. a few years ago as well.
man.. dat bruddah still kickin it. Sounds like you had good times.. kanikapila and all...
He nui nö ka le'ale'a.
Mahalos for signin.. and no'ono'o 'au about time you get home to Hilo.. cuz.
Lawa paha ka wala'au...a hui hou hoaaloha.
My name- Damien.. Island- Northern California .. Age- old .. Story- I
learned to play melody ukulele from a fine young hawaiian player about 60 years ago and have
lost track of him. ..How time flies!.. His name was or is Kia Kinney. I was searching
the net for any information about him and ran into your strummers site .. very nice and most
helpful. If any of your older strummers have any info about Kia I would appreciate hearing
from them. with much appreciation.. Mahalo nui loa .. Damien ..Keoki
Kala mai bruddah... dont kno Kia.. but melody uke da way to go cuz. Maybe somebody make da
contact here about Kia. Läki maika'i hoaaloha.
Hi Clint.. Love the site which I stumbled across the other day. Wondering what it would
cost me to get your playbooks-cds including the postage to
North Yorkshire, England
....living in Whitby (Captain Cook country).
Have been playing soprano uke since 2001 and enjoy learning loads of songs. Dont have any
Hawaiian stuff in my repertoire cos I dont know them....thats why I am keen to listen and
copy.. with chord shapes to help me...usually quite quick now to pick it up. Would be great
to get to one of your sessions .. still havent ventured over to the States but it sounds
like a brilliant excuse! By the way.. you wouldnt have the chords
(starting with C.. tuning GCEA) for Chatannooga Choo Choo would you?...love the
song but cant seem to google them up due to copyright I guess. Your site has got a real
passion about it and I hope it goes from strength to strength. All the best and when I get
the hang of it.. will be speaking the Hawaiian lingo too!
Eh cuz. Wow.. from way ova thee you lookin at da site. Cool.
I email you bout da books and CD set... and I see if I can attach da Choo Choo song as well.
You really need some cool Hawaiian jams in you rep. serious. Keep jammin bruddah.
Hi, Just a quick note to thank you for all the invaluable info I am getting from your
website. I keep coming back and printing out stuff. Music theory I find a bit frightening
but nothings impossible.. some things just take longer than others. I'm 62 years old and
teaching myself to play the ukulele with help from good people like yourself. I live in
Brisbane Australia. Thanks Again. Stan.
Cool. I dig when folks email me from da far places. Glad you findin stuffs you can use.
Jam on.. my downunda brudda.. oh, and no fear da theory cuz.. invaluable stuffs once you
7-15-08,Ken and Ena
Hi ken here. im just about to recieve my uku from usa. im 59 bass and guitar player but
going to give uku a go have tried a couple like them. your site is brill. keep up good work
..i will return.. who else said that? bye for now
Man.. dat one "no frills" email story there brah.. serious... Mahalos for
7-14-08,Larry and Marilyn
Thanks bro for a great site. I belong to the group Grand Rapids organization of ukulele
players. We meet once a month here in GR.
Cool. Jam on in GR. Mahalos for signin cuz
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