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Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:20 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

Hawaii's ubiquitous ukulele could become the state's official state musical instrument under a bill lawmakers are considering.

The tiny, four-stringed guitar has been associated with Hawaii since the late 1800s. It was adopted by the Hawaii royal family, and became a symbol of patriotism as the island nation lost its independence to the U.S.

The instrument has entered the mainstream music world through Tiny Tim, who played as he sang "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in the late 1960s, and Bette Midler, who grew up in Hawaii and sang "Ukulele Lady" on national television in 1997.

Lately, ukulele virtuosos such as Honolulu's own Jake Shimabukuro have helped elevate the instrument's stature.

The bill states that recognizing the ukulele would honor music teachers and musicians throughout the state.

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Bdpapa wrote:
Do it and move on! Get to work!
on February 12,2014 | 03:12PM
GAC wrote:
is this what our tax dollars pay these law makers to do. like bdpapa said get to work .. waste of our tax dollars
on February 12,2014 | 04:24PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Not a waste of time-its on flea time!
on February 12,2014 | 06:23PM
64hoo wrote:
kamaka ukulele's were the best made, no other ukulele company could beat that.
on February 12,2014 | 04:26PM
Hank13 wrote:
ARE! They are still very much in business.
on February 12,2014 | 07:36PM
Bdpapa wrote:
My dad loved his Martin!
on February 12,2014 | 07:41PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
Both Kamaka and Martin 'ukulele are the best.
on February 13,2014 | 12:23PM
st1d wrote:
ignoring a history of hawaiian musical instruments evidenced by hula performers, our legislators want to name a portuguese instrument to honor tiny tim, bing crosby and other performers.

what's next, maybe, the moon walk as the official dance step of hawaii to cash in on the popularity of bruno mars.

have they forgotten the ohe hanu ihu of danny k., or the ke'eke'eke, or pahu pa'i.

you know the ukulele companies are fully backing this bill.

on February 12,2014 | 05:03PM
tim5fl wrote:
Agree, I'd vote for the nose flute,
on February 13,2014 | 07:15AM
kauai wrote:
Ah choo! Ewww....
on February 13,2014 | 09:42AM
Hank13 wrote:
Slack key guitar was actually invented by a Hawaiian musician. Sounds like another "Kona Coffee", L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bread...... Originally a Portuguese instrument as most people know. Our politicians, hard at work.
on February 12,2014 | 06:53PM
Hank13 wrote:
Kona coffee with 10% actual Kona coffee, not the real stuff.
on February 12,2014 | 06:55PM
HD36 wrote:
Can you take a law off the book every month so I feel a little freer?
on February 12,2014 | 07:16PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Got me thinking! Thamks!
on February 12,2014 | 07:41PM
Siege wrote:
I think there are more important issues to deal with versus making a "state instrument"...come one lawmakers, get to the real business of the state for the people you pay you!!!
on February 13,2014 | 07:49AM
kauai wrote:
Totally agree. They have only 60(?) days in session, so make it a productive session. Stop with these do-nothing, make-me-feel-good resolutions and do the people's work! If it won't improve our society, then move on and pass some REAL laws.
on February 13,2014 | 09:47AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

I am a great granddaughter of one of three Portuguese men credited with the invention of the 'ukulele. His name is Augisto Dias.

DO NOT CLAIM IT AS YOUR OWN. It is for the PEOPLE of Hawai'i to enjoy. Demoncrats MUST keep their hands off! They do NOT own it. The people of HAWAI'I DO!

on February 13,2014 | 12:20PM
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