‘Ukulele Lending Program strikes a chord
Borrowing an ukulele can be as easy as borrowing a library book, thanks to a new ‘Ukulele Lending Program at Nanakuli Public Library.
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Borrowing an ukulele can be as easy as borrowing a library book, thanks to a new ‘Ukulele Lending Program at Nanakuli Public Library. Music for Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is providing ukulele to Hawaii’s public libraries through its uke-lending project, which allows library patrons to borrow ukulele at no cost.
The project, which supports music learning and cultural appreciation, is a partnership with the Hawaii State Public Library System thanks to the blessing of state librarian Stacey Aldrich, said Leo Daquioag, Music for Life Foundation president and founder.
“We just want to give access to the kids,” Daquioag said.
The program launched with a concert last week at Nanakuli Public Library, where ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro surprised young guests. Shimabukuro is the foundation’s honorary board director and will co-direct the project.
The Nanakuli library has 12 ukulele to loan and there are plans to continue to grow the program, with Waimanalo Public and School Library next to receive the instruments. The project goal is to put ukulele in every public library and to make ukulele-playing opportunities available to everyone.
The lending program ukulele, from Kala Brand Music Company’s “The Waterman” series, are made of high-grade polycarbonate plastic and suited for repeat loan activity.
‘UKULELE LENDING PROGRAM
>> Where: Nanakuli Public Library, 89-070 Farrington Highway, 668-5844
>> Info: musicforlifefound.org