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Unusual instrument called sanlele gets cameo role

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    The play “UchinaAloha,” written by Tonouchi, features the unique three-string instrument.

  • 2016 September 1 FTR - HSA Photo by Jamm Aquino. Playwright Lee Tanouchi, left, and actor Kenny Kusaka pose with a sanlele instrument on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu. The play "Uchina Aloha," written by playwright Lee Tanouchi, will feature the unique instrument, which is similar to a ukulele, to be played by Kusaka's character, David Yonamine.
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    Playwright Lee Tonouchi, left, and actor Kenny Kusaka pose with a sanlele at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu.

Sanlele. It sounds like the punch line to a local-style riddle: “What would you get if you crossed an ukulele with an Okinawan instrument?” Read more

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