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Valerie
07-17-2010, 04:23 AM
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Up for grabs: A concert, all solid acacia Koa Pili Koko ukulele with case, humidifier and tuner. (Stuffed whale not included)

How to win: Reply to this thread saying why you would like this ukulele. Anyone can enter, but preference will be given to those who either do not own a ukulele or the one they have is more a toy than an instrument. Please do not enter for other people. If you know someone who could use this instrument, tell them to enter (exception: if you are entering on behalf of a child under the age of 13.)

Contest closes July 31st at midnight EST. Winner will be announced by August 5th.

telebob
07-17-2010, 04:30 AM
Wow! Very generous! A nice lookin' concert uke and case. Good luck to all who enter... :)

SailQwest
07-17-2010, 04:43 AM
What a wonderful contest, Valerie!

UncleElvis
07-17-2010, 04:48 AM
I have no reason that this should be given to me other than sheer, unadulterated lust for such a pretty instrument.
I just wanted a) to bump the thread so people would see it and b) thank you for being so generous and for being a perfect example of the kind of folks I'm finding here on UU.
I love that kindness is the rule rather than the exception to it.

Just a thought that popped into my head. UkuleleHill and a couple of others are doing a summer thing with kids. I know Seeso and Hank are as well.
If there isn't a suitable entrant to win, perhaps you could offer it to them as a prize for their best or most improved students, or for them to give as a reward to a student they think will stick with it and deserves a nice instrument and set up like that.

Just a thought.

spookefoote
07-17-2010, 06:00 AM
I would like this ukulele, dear Valerie, as it is currently owned by a divine ukulele princess as yourself. To own such a beautiful instrument would be a constant reminder of how your presence has graced such an unworthy audience.

Actually give it to someone who truly deserves it. Your generousity is outstanding.

ukeCANjam
07-17-2010, 07:46 AM
First off, Valerie, its the generosity from people like you that keeps UU up and running.

I hope by reading my reply that I don't get the impression of being an ignorant and selfish person, but I'd just like to put my entry into a story.

My friends and I carpool together on the way from and to school, and it was just a normal ride back home. One of my friend, got into the heated topic of playing guitar, himself being a guitar player. We were in a heated debate of why anyone should play it, and my head popped in the idea of playing the ukulele. It just popped in for some reason, I don't even know why. I thought about the idea of playing an instrument , how no one at school plays it and how the sound just appealed to me.

I went home and google-d "ukuleles" and it was like a whole universe that just popped in front of me. Millions and millions of searches came up and I was baffled. I stumbled across MGM's store, and was awed by how high the prices for some ukuleles were. I thought they were merely toys. Excited, and nonetheless intrigued, I told my parents that I wanted to buy one. They doubted my decision and told me that I had to focus on schoolwork and put my hobbies on the side until I get more time in the future. I didn't say anything but just worked hard until I could get their approval.

On the car one day from my friends house I told my dad that I felt I had more time to do something else rather than play games or just run around. He already knew that I had a desire to learn how to play the ukulele, and just replied "okay, when we get home, let's get one." I literally shouted in my head until my mind exploded.

He bought me the Kala soprano package from MGM. I thought it was the best thing in the world.

It arrived on Thanksgiving weekend, (great timing Mike!), and I quickly grabbed a knife and slashed at the cardboard box like a monster. Inside, the case smelled of Hawaii, and inside the ukulele smelled of paradise. I was suprised at how light and small it was, and the plinky strings sounded so funny to me. I carefully unwrapped the towel paper from the strings and put it aside to me. (I still have it, it came from Hawaii!) The uke itself was just.....amazing. I played piano before this, and let me say that playing the piano wasn't fun, it felt forced. Anyways, fast forward, bzzbzhzhh!

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I spent the days on the couch with the "Learn how to play ukulele today!" in my lap and began learning simple chords. Once I finished that, I found UU. I started going though the endless videos and lessons, and finally came across the forums. It felt like a great way to learn and I found the people to be awesome.

It's been about 2 years since I got the Kala, and it's still sitting next to me. UAS has already gotten to me for a while, and my dad still thinks that all ukulele are the same, and 500 dollars is to expensive for one. I still can't get any sense into him, but I still find myself going through MGM's store and ukereplublic's looking at the concerts and tenors and solid wood and koa and acacia and maple...

I'm starting a ukulele club next year at my school, gotten at least 5 friends to get the ukulele bite, and they already love it. Each strum brings a smile they say.

Sorry for the long reply, but I'm done, and let me just say that playing the ukulele has so far changed my life. I love learning songs from Jake's to traditional Honey Baby. I might even go to Hawaii when I graduate, but we'll see. Thanks again, and this is why I would like that KPK.

Arashi
07-17-2010, 07:54 AM
Valerie, that is so generous to offer such a nice ukulele. :) Hopefully nobody lies and says they don't have a ukulele and snatch it..

myforte_ismusic
07-17-2010, 06:32 PM
Valerie, this is so generous!

I play on a Mahalo U-30 (red, my favorite!) and I've had it for about a year now. I bought it with my own money ($25) because I wanted to be able to play songs that I listen to on my iPod and be able to sing along and stuff. I had tried teaching myself guitar, but my hands just weren't strong enough, so I picked up the uke and became infatuated with the simplicity of it. I learned how to read tabs and tune it and to sing along in the correct key... It opened me up to a world of music that I had never seen before*, along with strengthening my hands so that I can now efficiently play guitar! (* I play the clarinet and classical music is kind of what I do.) The ukulele was a gateway for me. I don't think I'll ever give my Mahalo up because it started something BIG for me and I have a lot of memories with it (including using it in a Halloween costume... Ingrid Michaelson)! It changed the way I view music! It brought me to this wonderful community of ukers!! I'm eternally grateful for this little red Mahalo uke.

Thank you again Valerie!! Whoever wins will be one lucky uker!!

CountryMouse
07-17-2010, 07:50 PM
What a wonderful thing to do! And such a lovely ukulele! I would love to have a solid-wood ukulele, but I really don't qualify--I have LOTS of ukes and don't need another one! So it should go to someone else. :)

CountryMouse

DeG
07-17-2010, 08:15 PM
Valerie rocks!

ogeva
07-17-2010, 11:19 PM
Wow Valerie, this is an awesome contest.
Let me introduce myself again, since I am new this this forum and the Ukulele.
My name is Oren, I live in israel and I am a 34 years old, fresh dad (my baby is 11 months old).
I have been playing guitar for 25 years. I have played Jazz and rock, as well as classical music for many years, and have also performed in various groups when I was younger.
My son is very musical, we can already see that, as young as he may be. When there's a song on TV he'd stop whatever he's doing and come to check it out. He enjoys music very much, and I play and sing to him a lot. He has been crawling to my lap when i am playing - sometime listening, sometimes joining by tapping on the guitar or strumming the strings. He is gentle and percise enough to single-fingerly strum the strings. He has a plastic toy guitar, but of course he likes the real guitars better (I have 5 of those at home).
So, the other day, a few weeks ago, I have entered a music shop to get some strings, and there was this Romanian soprano ukulele hanging on the wall. So I thought I'd get it for my boy. Since he'll see me play it, he'll understand this is a real instrument. So I bought it... and fell in love with the uke.
It's an awesome instrument. I keep in his playing zone, he likes it a lot and plays it (either strumming or banging on it). But the problem is that I am liking it a lot too! I already can sing and play many children's songs with it, as well as some spanish flamenco stuff I have adapted for uke (he really enjoys the flurry rasguados) and a few other songs (I grabbed cheek to cheek and eleanor rigby from dr. uke).
Anyway, now I need to get ME a more reasonable ukulele. First, I can't take his away. Secondly, it was a cheap instrument. Though it's much better now that I ave changed it's strings to Aquila's, I can see it's not a very well made instrument (though it's probably reasonable for the money).
Here comes the problem. As much as I have tried to look, there aren't any reasonable ukulele's in Israel. Most are more like toys. Most serious music store chains have cheap, $20 after import costs and tax instruments. I can't find a uke to my liking.
So I have started to look online, but that would always be buying an instrument I haven't seen and played. And it seems delivery is at least $30-$40 which is quite expensive considering I will be buying a $50-$150 uke (plus i'd pay taxes when it arrives).
Plus, this is a concert sized instrument. The one I bought is soprano and is a bit smallish in my hands (though cute). Having a concert sized instrument shipped is even more expensive.
Of course, if you select me to win this, I will gladly pay the shipping costs.
I don't think I deserve this more than anyone else. There are probably more talented and young candidates. But think about sending this beautiful instrument to make people happy at the other side of the world!
Thanks,
Oren

BTW
Hawaii and Israel are 12 hours apart, so it's almost exactly the other side of the world from the Ukulele's birthplace!

Harry R
07-18-2010, 02:26 AM
I would love this ukulele because:
Currently the only acoustic uke I have is a yellow Mahalo soprano. I have had the same $20 ukulele for the last seven years (since I was seven years old) and it is getting very battered and bruised. Seeing as I lack the funds for a decent-sounding uke (being 14 years old and unable to make good money) I would be over the moon to get a beautiful ukulele like that.
Thanks a lot for your generosity, I do hope the worthiest cause gets it.

-Harry

Joshy
07-18-2010, 06:50 AM
Well i just started playing the ukulele not too long ago....i bought the cheapest one i could find, just to see if i would like playing it..turns out I LOVE IT! I'm making youtube videos with it, but it would be nice to have a higher quality ukulele so i could really show off lol!

grammy
07-18-2010, 12:11 PM
Why do i want this lovely ukulele?

well in all honesty i want it because i really want a decent instrument to play. I will not lie i have 3 ukes, all of which i love very much but none of which are more than half decent, and none of which are concert size. My 'best' uke is a lanikai lt21, it is great and i really have enjoyed it and come a long way on it, but to go further, to be better i think i need a better quality uke. my other two are an MPM uke, i bought for 50 euros on EBAY, ive made the best of it and had it re done to make it playable but it is not a great instrument by any stretch of the imagination. The third one is the most tragic, it is a handmade uke from a local luthier, lovely wood and really nice finish, but the neck is twisted and cracked and it is such a shame that it can't hold a tune. anyway, that's why. it you think that's worthy then id love that uke for life. If not well, whoever gets it will deserve it i am sure. thanks for being so generous.

Ruukie
07-18-2010, 02:27 PM
Wow! What a generous contest. I wish all paricipant good luck!!
I don't want this KPK ... because I have one :-) A nice instrument with a beautiful tone. I'm very happy with it.
Again, good luck!

velvetsiren
07-18-2010, 02:51 PM
i am entering on behalf of my students, i am a music educator in a primary school and we have a small ukulele ensemble called the jumping fleas, they play mahalos, and some of these kids come from disadvantaged backgrounds, with children that are low economic background, many come as immigrants and refugees and english as not the first language. music is a great outlet for them and in the 11 weeks we have been running the program they have 3 performances lined up, one an international collaboration with students in Japan, who visit our school every two years, there performance is next week with the japanese students. they have really got into it, and for me it is exciting to see young children in grade 3 and 5 enjoy the ukulele so much. it would be nice to present them with a proper ukulele and if you are giving one to someone please keep us in mind.

i would upload a photo of them but i do not have right permissions to post photos of minors without consent. if you are interested in seeing them i can send you a private link as our website is under development. if it is up and running by the deadline i will post a link for you.
some families cant even afford to buy mahalos for their children so i have provided them with ukes which i purchased as part of my music program for the students that show interest and skill and parent cant or wont buy them a uke i loan them one for no fee.
one girl in particular, she is brilliant at playing and picks things up quick but her parents refuse to buy her one, i would really love to reward her with a good instrument as she will be one good uke player in years to come.

RevWill
07-18-2010, 02:53 PM
I hope this uke goes to someone who loves and appreciates it.

Jayne
07-18-2010, 11:37 PM
Hi Valerie
The reason I would dearly love to own this beautiful uke is because I am an arthritis sufferer who discovered the uke when unable to play the guitar because of my condition. I got a soprano uke and this allows me to play for a little while but after about 10 minutes I am in too much pain to play anymore. I love the uke and it is my preferred instrument. I have tried mandolin and it just doesnt do it for me even though the length is about right. The concert uke is about 3.5 inches longer than the soprano and about the same size as the mandolin which would ease the stress on my elbow and allow me to play the music that I love on the instrument that I love again.
Blessings
Jayne

ogikloavailable
07-19-2010, 02:11 AM
This is great contest Valerie, and I would like to be the next owner of that uke.

The reason is probably i'm goin to record my own EP with much better uke than this mahalo soprano U-30 ,i only have this one,and probably Mahalo is the only brand that available in my country (y'all so lucky livin in a ukes paradise,hehe). I love this tiny instrument because i can play it anywhere i want since it's pretty much portable instrument and easy to play. I still remember it was summer 2009 when i bought this mahalo, the shopkeeper... they have no idea about this instrument,i was just like "what? you sellin them but you know nothin about them?".

Beside that uke,actually i have another dream that i want it to be realize soon,like havin a uke shop. Yeah i know not now,hahaha.
Thanks a lot,sorry if my english is not that good,hehe,god bless y'all

ogi

the52blues
07-19-2010, 03:49 AM
How much for the whale? LOL I'd love another beautiful uke but I have already read stories of people more deserving...so good luck in choosing!

Tiger
07-20-2010, 09:05 AM
Well hello Valerie.

You see, I am on a majestic conquest in search of the illustrious furry sac of stuffing you call "stuffed whale". When searching for said whale it is important to soothe the furry being's heart with sweet music. Clearly seen in the image, the white whale is attracted to your all solid acacia Koa Pili Koko ukulele with case, humidifier and tuner. I'm not sure whether or not the whale of my journeys is attracted to the ukulele itself or just the cuteness of the name Pili Koko for it is quite appealing. I wish to attain this ukulele of yours to capture one of these white furry whales of my own and raise it to be a fully grown ukuwhalele (the most musical whale of whales) and ride it into the sunset, spreading music and joy all around.

mailman
07-20-2010, 09:46 AM
Valerie, whether you know it or not, you are UU. People like you draw folks to UU, and keep folks coming back.

I don't "need" your KPK; I have three ukes of my own (man, that was tough to admit!). I just wanted to tell you that this is a great opportunity you are offering. I hope the lucky winner truly appreciates the generous gift they receive....

thomdawg
07-20-2010, 09:51 AM
I have two truly great ukuleles. Every time I show up with them my grandson says "WOW". I'd love to give it to him!

johnnytaped
07-20-2010, 11:04 AM
Hello there!

I've been considering picking up a new instrument for a few months now, today I decided to search the internet for information about Ukleles, I stumbled upon this website. I've looked at some other instruments, but I don't think any of them have quite the awesome and creative community that the ukulele has.

I would love to join the community if I were chosen!

Take care,
Johnny

heyitsme
07-20-2010, 07:57 PM
Hi there!!!



I currently have an Alegre Ukulele (a local product from Cebu) I was really proud when I bought it because alegre is a good guitar brand here and Im very new to ukes and not very much famillar with what good uke is, My bubble was burst by my Boss (Japanese who also play the uke) who told me that my uke is just a souvenir item from that area more of a toy, I just remove some of the stickers to make it proffesional looking :), I still use it until now. But that was my second uke, my first uke is an un branded one that I got from a mall here in manila, but now its already dead, it happen when i was tuning it suddenly the bridge snapped and hit my head. As they say life is short

I'm not yet a pro uke player In-fact I just started last year but I want to be a pro someday. I'm Proud to say that I can only play 8 songs till the end but I'm still not stopping to learn a new song. I love music and the uke is the first and the only musical instrument that I learned how to play and fell in love with it.

Its really difficult to get a good uke here in the Philippines ( because its not popular) and I will value that uke a lot if I will win. It will really help me play better.

Ill try to show the photos of my uke as soon as I get home


http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k75/truckvan/21072010093.jpg
my dead and deadly uke

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k75/truckvan/21072010097.jpg
my current uke

SparkyUkulele
07-22-2010, 06:19 AM
Great contest and I hope you find someone who will love and cherish that uke as much as I love my two. I also hope the next owner names it 'Noah' after 'Noah and the Whale' :D

Sparky

lochtessmonster
07-22-2010, 10:12 AM
Thank you for doing this! What a lovely thing to pass on to someone.

I bought a uke for one of my boys, my older son, Inteus, for his birthday last year. The dealer totally jacked me on this uke. He told me he had to order it from their other location and that it would be there just in time for me to pick it up before his party but assured me that what I was getting was good quality. My son said it was the only thing he wanted. When I got it, the inlay markers on the neck were so cheap that they were falling out, and I've never been able to get the sucker to stay in tune. He'd love to play, and bless him, still tries to play that one but it's a total bust.

I know he'd really love a good uke.

Thank you for considering him.

Neoukuphyte
07-22-2010, 02:24 PM
Dear Valerie, I am just begining my journey as a fellow UUer. I'm still looking for a beginer ukulele and having just moved halfway into the country my parents have a lot of bills on thier hands. Getting this ukulele would be just the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me. In whatever decision you make, I hope the person that wins this is really happy.

Lexxy
07-23-2010, 02:01 AM
Hi there Valerie,

I have been playing my little Mahalo for right about a month or so now, and i find that it is nothing more than just a toy. (Reviews have proven this bitter fact :( )
As an international student, i do not have much cash to splash around other things but studies and daily basic needs.
My interest in ukes have brought me travelling around Melbourne city, to find a proper Uke that i can afford, but alot of them are way out of my budget.

Abit about my studies:
Foundation in Property Construction and management in RMIT, studying to be a property valuer (Dad pressed hard on this course)
Doing well so far, nothing too tough. (Yes the workload is relatively less, compared to where i was born,[Malaysia] )

In my free time:
I play squash as both a sport, and a passion. I've been playing for right about 3 years now.
I play the ukulele quite often as well, but the sound produced from the Mahalo sometimes discourages me to play, leaving it down for days.

Valerie, you have got to be one of the most generous people anyone has ever met(I think fellow UUers would back this up), giving away the KPK to any of new ukulele players, possibly to encourage them to play more and enter deeper in the ukulele world, as well as excel in the world of ukuleles.
Getting this would be a real boost for me, (i promise i would post vids next time :P) and I'd be really grateful if I really do get it. (I'd pay the shipping fee for sure)
In any decision you make, may the winner be blessed with Valerie's kind heart. :)

Alex.

Lexxy
07-23-2010, 02:08 AM
Well hello Valerie.

You see, I am on a majestic conquest in search of the illustrious furry sac of stuffing you call "stuffed whale". When searching for said whale it is important to soothe the furry being's heart with sweet music. Clearly seen in the image, the white whale is attracted to your all solid acacia Koa Pili Koko ukulele with case, humidifier and tuner. I'm not sure whether or not the whale of my journeys is attracted to the ukulele itself or just the cuteness of the name Pili Koko for it is quite appealing. I wish to attain this ukulele of yours to capture one of these white furry whales of my own and raise it to be a fully grown ukuwhalele (the most musical whale of whales) and ride it into the sunset, spreading music and joy all around.

I giggled madly at 'Ukuwhalele' :P

Gmoney
07-23-2010, 03:02 AM
I've persuaded my daughter to join UU for the express priviledge of sharing the Aloha & begging to be considered as the recipient of this fine ukulele. So, I will tell you why she should be considered for this gifting.

My baby, Aimee, has a beautiful voice & even more beautiful spirit. Her bright eyes & smile are purely magical when she stands on a stage or among the poor children of the Dominican Republic where her heart has been since her first mission trip 5 years ago. She will be returning to the DR soon to marry the love of her life & share their future together in this beautiful, but mostly depressingly poor country. There she hopes to teach english & love on the many children she's come to know in the 5+ years she's been going back to the DR & the too few trips down.

She bought her little uke at a pawn shop for about $30 & I think they overcharged her dramatically! But she has made it her own w/a vengeance. She's addicted me to the instrument as well as several of her friends. I did buy her a Lanikai LU-21 as it stays in tune better for our nightly jams (she's teaching me her repetoire).

So before she goes off to the DR where ukulele's are a bit harder to find, I'd love to see her get a wonderful instrument like the KPK. She will be playing it proudly to light up the faces as she teaches the english language w/a musical twist. I don't yet know the name she may choose when she joins, but will "vote" for her once she does.

mattytr3es
07-23-2010, 06:40 AM
This is a beautiful instrument that your giving away.

For me I cant promise that it would be taken care of, I have been playing music most of my life, all on inexpensive instruments, and every thing I have I appreciate and take care of as if its the only one on the planet. If you can make a jackson guitar sound good, you can play anything. Thats what I tell myself when I go to music stores and see beautiful expensive Instruments on the walls.
I got my first Ukulele when I was about 12, a $20 Uke my uncle Bought me to get me into music. I glued that Uke together for about 10 years until It finally Broke down and I finally broke down and got myself a Kala for $40. I love it. It stays in tune a bit better, ha.
I always fantasize about what Ukulele I would get If I could, I spend an hour every week in Mandolin Bro. Guitar shop Playing there ukuleles up side down, (Im a Lefty) Pretending that some day I can afford $1200.00 for a uke. Some day, I keep telling myself that.
I love playing my ukulele for kids at the hockey rink that I work at, they get a real kick out of how small it is, they love when I let them try and play it, I even got one kid to go get a ukulele himself, and his is nicer than mine, ha go figure. When I worked at Cradle Beach Camp, a camp for the disabled, mentally challenged, and under privileged, I would play for the kids before lunch or after dinner. I noticed Kids love the song Crazy G, because they get to scream faster!

Im not sure what else to say, wherever this Ukulele goes, Im sure it will be the right person for the right reasons. Its so nice of you to do this. Thanks for the chance.

-Matt

butros
07-23-2010, 06:51 AM
So my roomate has a uke and it drives me crazy that i cant play it because he's lefty. Right now I cant even afford a toy one, so this would come in handy for us to start our uke band. Thanks for the awesome give aways.

rpeters
07-23-2010, 06:12 PM
I can't stand an out-of-tune uke. No matter how hard I try to tune my Lanikai Pineapple, my ears continue to cringe! I've been learning two years on this cheap plywood Lanikai and would very much like to progress to a higher quality instrument. Usually a bad sounding instrument deters people from learning the art, but I'm still working hard at it and will be for the rest of my life. I just graduated from college and am searching for a job and hope to soon be making money to purchase quality instruments. Thanks for hosting a contest to help those who want to progress on the ukulele!

Tiger
07-24-2010, 06:53 PM
I giggled madly at 'Ukuwhalele' :P

I'm glad I could make someone smile :)

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-24-2010, 09:02 PM
before I read anybody's posts, and get idea's and start stealing them, I'll just say it how it is.

I've never played a concert ukulele before, I've always wanted one, but I have to buy an ukulele before hearing what it sounds like.... I would have bought one buy now, but everytime I go to, I say "I could just get a tenor, I'm comfortable with it". In the end, I don't buy one at all. Aldrine inspired me with the kpk, my only reason would be that it's a concert, would be a good opportunity to own a concert, especially when it isn't a $40 mahalo

nice and generous ;|P

Hualani
07-26-2010, 12:10 AM
Dear Valerie and Ukulele Underground,

Mahalo nui loa for allowing me the opportunity to share my ukulele story with you guys.

I first picked-up a ukulele when I was a little girl many years ago. The ukulele is like the hula in Hawaii, almost all the keiki (Hawaii children) were taught ukulele, hula and how to pronounce the state fish humuhumunukunukuapuaa.

My grandfather Kawika used to be a beachboy, fisherman and paniola back in the 1920s. I remember my grandfather talking story to my younger sister and I about the old days while he mended his nets with his bare hands. Grandfather Kawika used to plant Koa deep in the Waiahole Valley forest to grow the sweetest woods for wa'a and hoe (canoe and paddles). Grandfather would make trips in the forest to harvest the woods and trees he had planted as a little boy with the help of his childhood friends the Elepaio birds.

Flash forward 40 years to 2010. I now live in Memphis, Tennessee. My twenty year old son is named after his grandfather Kawika. I recently sold my little acacia soprano ukulele to get enough money to buy my son a contemporary ukulele, an Ibanez Iceman Ukulele.

My son is a bright, gifted young man who has high functioning autism. Kawika struggled with autism throughout childhood. Science and music always fascinated him. Music helped him overcome much of his autistic language difficulties and physical clumsiness.

At the end of 2009, my son was on the Dean's List but needed to leave college. Kawika developed a neurological disorder on top of his autism. This combination crippled his ability to communicate.

Now I am back to square one again getting medical help for my son and teaching him how to find his voice once more.

My son was happiest when he was a little guy and loved the ukulele. Here he is 19 years ago when he was just learning how to play and find his voice and smile for the first time.

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I tried teaching my Kawika how to use the ukulele again, but my old soprano was just too small for his huge hands to accurately make chords. My son now towers over me by 12 inches.

We were watching Youtube a few weeks ago while I was teaching him how to plant banyan and acacia seeds. We were admiring electric guitars and guitarists like Orianthi, Steve Vai, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana together since my son leans more toward rock. When guitarist Scott Grove brought out his sweet new Ibanez Iceman Ukulele my son got all excited. It's the first time I have seen that boy smile like that in a long time. I had to get it for him so I sold my old acacia soprano.

I figure I could always buy the materials to make another ukulele for me when I had more money. Money is tight this year because of all the out of pocket medical bills for my son.

I am almost embarrassed to ask for Valerie's wonderful ukulele gift, because I know I will eventually save enough to perhaps buy some sweet acacia wood and make tools to build another one for me to play. Maybe I can find a broken koa ukulele on Craigslist and breathe new life to it. One day, I will save enough to bring Kawika to Hawaii to show him where his great grandfather used to swim with the Hui Nalu beachboys (Duke's old club) and where his ancestors hid the sweetest woods. Where his voice lives in the little forest birds...

While the ukulele is a Hawaiian adaptation of a small Portuguese travel guitar, the Koa is uniquely Hawaiian. The sound of the sweetest koa is the sound of my grandfather Kawika's forest. The sweetest koa ukulele is the song of hardwood and heartwood, heartland and heart. It is the breath of the rich ahupua'a valley where the tiny Elepaio birds call to their mates:

This tree, this tree....
loaded with insects,
is ours, is ours.
Little Kawika,
the tree next to it is
for your surfboard, your ukulele, your paddle.

Ahnko Honu
07-26-2010, 05:28 AM
Aloha Hualani, Mahalo for your touching story. Small kid daze my Dad (rest in peace) used to keep his little boat at He'eia Kea and we would motor over off Waiahole in Kane'ohe Bay to pick limu for my mom. We used to also catch 'opae and 'o'opu in Waiahole stream, and later on in my teenage years used to hunt for wild boar in the back of Waiahole Valley, it's a very special place. Used to have the old poi factory on the corner of Waiahole Valley Road, and Kamehameha Hwy for buy the freshest made poi made from kalo grown in the valley. Too bad closed now. Your son would LOVE hiking in the valley and swimming in the stream, hope he gets to see it soon.
What has you living so far away in Tennessee now if you don't mind me asking?

deach
07-27-2010, 02:12 AM
Wow! This is very cool of you Val!

SuzukHammer
07-27-2010, 02:48 AM
I am writing for my new wife. See her pictured below. You can verify the purchase of the Gypsy Rose that I bought her this Sunday. Send me a pm and I'll give you the contact data for the store we bought the gypsy rose at here in Thailand.

My wife speaks very little english. I've tried to get her to learn harmonica and piano with me with no success.

I still told her just last Sunday that my dream is that we can make music together. SHe doesn't have to be gifted. Just know enough so we can play songs and sing together.

THat is the reason I bought her that Gypsy Rose which turns out to be a very toyish model made for a young girl. I bought her a clip on tuner and even with that tuner, its difficult to keep tuned. I told her if she established that she liked uke, we could buy her a better uke in the near future.

Today, I just saw this contest and called my wife in to my office.

I asked her. "Do you want this?" SHe said, "how much?"

I said "free". SHe asked "HOw much will you pay for it?"

I said, "Its free". "SOmebody will get this free. They just have to ask for it" "Do you want to ask for it?"

SHe paused and did not answer. SHe said she already had a ukulele (the Gypsy Rose which by the way she has tried to learn the birthday song for the last 2 days).

I asked, "Do you want a better one?" "This one looks to be a real good ukulele" "SOmething you could really love having"

She looked at me not understanding how she could get a free "pang" (pang means expensive in Thai language) ukulele.

FInal questions. Do you want to ask for this? WIll you play it if you get it? WHat will you do with your Gypsy Rose?

Yes, she said. SHe wanted to try. She didn't know what to do with her Gypsy Rose. I said. If you win the ukulele, you can give that Gypsy Rose (with box and all included) back to Val for her to give away or she could donate it to a school here in Thailand. SHe said ok to either.

off we went to snap the picture.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz18/Frankdom/DSC04588.jpg

That's her in her ready for nighttime sleep wear. THe picture is of our wedding this last July 15th. Even though I only played uke for 3 weeks prior, I tried to sing I"m Yours by Jason Mraz after the exchange of vows. So the uke holds something for us in our new life.

Do I believe she will play it? Yes, I do. If not, I can ask her to give it back or give it away in a similar fashion that you are doing. I can give her 4 months with proof on video that she can learn to play or else give the uke up to another winner.

glass
07-27-2010, 06:40 AM
Val~
First and foremost what a kind gift and heart you have. I myself have a kala ka-s which in Feb of this year I bought to see if I would like the ukulele. Immediately I fell in love with it. I thought I needed another ukulele so I started to enter the many contests to see if I could win one. I so far haven't been so lucky but by entering these contests I have definitely improved. It is my hopes some day to get my daughter which is almost 20 months now interested in the ukulele. She already sits in amazement as I play it and even dances as well as occasionally gets a hold of it to sit there and pluck the strings. So hope fully I will be able to recieve your most generous gift of this ukulele so I can spread the love of it with her. I would love to go out and buy a more expensive and better model than I have but right now being a Stay At Home Dad with twins on the way my wife wouldn't appreciate me spending the money. So hopefully I will get this most generous thoughtful gift but if not I will still try to win another ukulele and maybe some more for the twins when they arrive! Thanks for being such a large part of this great community!
Ken
http://www.youtube.com/user/ukuglass

Check out the progress I made so far on my youtube channel!

LoMa
07-27-2010, 06:53 AM
I have some nice ukes, so no reason to give this to me, but many thanks for spreading the weatlh to someone who will be totally thrilled to receive this fine uke!!!

You are a good one!!!

tippytoetoli
07-27-2010, 11:26 AM
Thank you Valerie for the uke giveaway! I would like to have this uke to give to my daughters. My youngest is 7 and she is the reason that I play. She begged me for a uke after seeing her aunt playing one when we went on vacation. I bought her the cheapest one I could, she is only 7 after all. When it came in the mail I thought "Duh! How can I teach her how to play if I don't know how?". That's where it all started and now I love, love, love it! She only plays occasionally and lays her new dolphin uke that I got her on her lap to play (she refuses to hold it properly) so now I say okay...just play. She actually plucks out some really nice tunes this way. My older daughter (17) is becoming more interested in the uke now and I would so like her to have a nice one to inspire her to play more. Hopefully this will keep us connected when she goes away to college.

zachthac
07-27-2010, 11:50 AM
For the past few months Iíve been looking into getting a new ukulele, I currently play a bright green Makala soprano. I love my ukulele but it doesnít sound that great. It was given to me as a gift one Christmas and Iíve been playing it ever since. This is the first time Iíve entered one of these contests. I have always wanted to win a ukulele on this site but most of the contests involve sending a video of you playing you ukulele. Iíve always been embarrassed to play my ukulele on video because it looks very tacky. I donít play for people that much either. If I had that beautiful Koa Pili Koko Ukulele i would finally be able to come out of my ukulele closet and play for everyone. The authentic look of that ukulele is exactly what i want. Please consider me to win this beautiful instrument.

Gster
07-28-2010, 09:20 AM
Valerie, I recently attended my first ukulele workshop and have been hooked ever since!
I have made a cigar box ukulele which is better than nothing, but is not a 'real' instrument on which to learn the basics and advanced actions required to become a good and proficient uke player.
I have been searching the net looking for chords and tabs for songs I know and have opened my eyes (and ears) to music I have never known, but now love to listen to and try to play.

The ukulele and the concept of learning as much as I can has become all consuming and it would be a pleasure to play the ukulele you offer into the future, keeping you up to date on my personal progress and advancements. I think I am worthy as I am absolutly 'keen as mustard' on strumming the right notes and become a ukulele player! :)

molokinirum
07-29-2010, 08:48 AM
Hi Valerie,
Wow what a great contest and you are indeed a very generous person who truely loves to spread the happiness of the uke!!!
I am entering on behalf of my nephew who is 11 years old. While I was on vacation in Hawaii with my wife and Mother-in-law, my mother-in-law wanted to bring back some Hawaiian presents to her granchildren. I had just started playing the uke and bought one for myself, and she then decided to buy a uke for her granson. She did not have a lot of money to spend and bought one of those tourist ukes. Of course, I tried to steer her away and on to a better uke, but she did not have a lot of extra spending money, so she bught it.
When her grandson got the uke I have quite never seen a little boy so happy it was truely incredible! Well I started to teach him how to play and tune the uke, but of course, that uke is just about impossible to tune and keep in tune. However, my nephew was determined to learn and play a song for his Grandmother. Of course, as we all know, he is hooked on the uke, but his uke is no good and getting a better (much better uke) he will continue to play and get better.
I hope that you will consider him in making your decision, because when he plays and eventhough the uke sounds terrible, it makes EVERYONE happy!!!

Coconut Willie
07-29-2010, 08:59 AM
Aloha Valerie!!!
What an awesome contest. Me...I need a nice uke REAL BAD. I only have a beater uke (Makala) it is a pretty good uke but I would love to get a better one, but I am out of work, very little money to spend. Also, playing my uke helps to relieve the stress and sadness of not working at the moment. It brings a joyness and happiness. Please help a fellow uker!!!!

Mahalo!!

PJB
07-30-2010, 01:38 AM
I'd love such a beautiful uke! All I have in the way of such things is an electric uke that I patched together myself. Not bad, but I'd really like a good acoustic one.

Sign me up!

PJB

byzkarl
07-30-2010, 05:28 PM
How wonderful of you to give this away!

I have four children. Sarah (age 7) and Grace (age 5) are just starting out and enjoying the ukulele very much. We are using James Hill's book. The oldest two have Lanikai Sopranos, but the time will come when we will run out of ukuleles. It would be wonderful if there were a beautiful ukulele awaiting Sarah in a year or two when Elizabeth (currently age 3) would be ready to start, so that each girl could move up a uke. Then, in the further future, John (age 1 currently) will need a ukulele.

The gift would be treasured, and would help our dream of the family ukulele band come true.

I hope that your generosity bears much fruit, and that whoever gets it has much joy of it.

masoncade
07-30-2010, 06:07 PM
im going to be honest and say that i do want this ukulele, but i dont deserve it (: i already have a kala pinapple soprano, and it works very well for the amount that i play. i wish you luck in deciding the recipient, there are some good entries (:

BadLands Bart
07-31-2010, 10:55 AM
Hi Valerie,
OMG, OMG, OMG....I only have (HAD) a Makala uke and somebody in my family ( I am not naming names!!!) was playing it and when done, sat the uke on the chair and walked away!! Then the same person came back to the SAME chair did not see or remember the uke that they put on the chair was there and ....SAT ON MY UKE AND IT BROKE!!! :( :mad: :( :mad:
I don't have extra money to spend (yet) and I can't be mad and make my family member pay for another one, he did not do it on purpose either and he is really bumed out about it.
Besides I just started to play the uke in April!!!! Now I have nothing!!! Oh the pain!
Please help me if you can, you will be the Queen forever!!!!

Thanks

SuzukHammer
07-31-2010, 01:44 PM
I'll throw in a bag of Purina stuffed whale krill. :)

http://img.qj.net/uploads/articles_module/67453/krill_qjpreviewth.jpg

Listen to the little white stuffed whale.

Rick
07-31-2010, 05:40 PM
So, I thought about entering and I'm not sure I made it in time, but guess I fit the criteria. I may list the 'ukuleles I have on my signature, but I only happen to own a baritone, which is much different than playing a standard tuning 'ukulele. The Lanikai Flamed Maple tenor isn't mine, and I will have to return it. The Pineapple I had I gave away to my friend Danny so he could start playing. Other than that I have no other 'ukulele at my disposal.

I love playing 'ukulele. I picked it up so I could bring people together through song :] (as corny as that sounds, it is true). I actually teach 'ukulele down at our local music shop. It's kind of embarassing having to grab an 'ukulele off the wall to play, instead of bringing my own. I don't have the money to afford an 'ukulele at the moment. If I don't win, it won't really matter because that means someone more deserving won it, and I congratulate anyone who wins.

Please consider me to win! I contribute here on the forums too via tabbing and advice.

chunkymonkey
07-31-2010, 05:45 PM
Aloha. My name is Christian, I am from the mainland. I am really starting to get into playing the uke. I just found this and ukulele underground sight yesterday, and I've been glued to my computer evah since. I only, know a little about this topic, but I'm learning.

Currently, I'm using a Hilo brand (soprano maybe?) uke, and it works alright, but I can tell that the ukulele pictured is a much higher quality than mine. The neck of the one pictured looks longer than mine, and thats exactly what I wish I had. Also, the case and materials look better. I bought mine for $50, which was a lot for me initially, but now I've got the bug and wish I dished out a little more (if I had it, lol).

I just found out about this contest, so I'm trying to beat the buzzer. I would love to have a uke like that. So... Pleeeeaaaassseee pick me. :D

Valerie
08-01-2010, 12:43 AM
First let me say thank you to all who took the time to enter. I wish I had enough ukulele's handy to give one to everyone who entered- but, sadly, I do not.

I have been reading through the submission since they started coming in and had a hard time trying to pick just one person as the winner. So, being incredibly indecisive- I wrote down everyone's name who entered and either did not have a ukulele or their current uke was on the lower end of the playability spectrum. Then I put the names in a bowl and let chance pick a winner.

The winner has been notified via PM and when they reply, I'll announce them here.

Rick
08-01-2010, 10:35 AM
Checked my inbox. Didn't win aha. But oh well :]

Valerie
08-01-2010, 02:43 PM
And the winner of the drawing:

Lexxy!
Here is her winning entry:

Hi there Valerie,

I have been playing my little Mahalo for right about a month or so now, and i find that it is nothing more than just a toy. (Reviews have proven this bitter fact )
As an international student, i do not have much cash to splash around other things but studies and daily basic needs.
My interest in ukes have brought me travelling around Melbourne city, to find a proper Uke that i can afford, but alot of them are way out of my budget.

Abit about my studies:
Foundation in Property Construction and management in RMIT, studying to be a property valuer (Dad pressed hard on this course)
Doing well so far, nothing too tough. (Yes the workload is relatively less, compared to where i was born,[Malaysia] )

In my free time:
I play squash as both a sport, and a passion. I've been playing for right about 3 years now.
I play the ukulele quite often as well, but the sound produced from the Mahalo sometimes discourages me to play, leaving it down for days.

Valerie, you have got to be one of the most generous people anyone has ever met(I think fellow UUers would back this up), giving away the KPK to any of new ukulele players, possibly to encourage them to play more and enter deeper in the ukulele world, as well as excel in the world of ukuleles.
Getting this would be a real boost for me, (i promise i would post vids next time :P) and I'd be really grateful if I really do get it. (I'd pay the shipping fee for sure)
In any decision you make, may the winner be blessed with Valerie's kind heart.

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it.

~Valerie

cletus
08-01-2010, 02:45 PM
Alright Lexxy! Congrats!

SuzukHammer
08-01-2010, 06:57 PM
Congrats Lexxy.

Nice job Valerie!!

Lexxy
08-01-2010, 09:15 PM
And the winner of the drawing:

Lexxy!
Here is her winning entry:


Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it.

~Valerie
Aww. It's a 'he' :P
Thanks so much val! Forever grateful :)

Alright Lexxy! Congrats!
Thanks cletus :)

Congrats Lexxy.

Nice job Valerie!!

Thanks Hammer :P

ogeva
08-01-2010, 10:59 PM
Congrats Lexxy, looks like a great win!

Val,
Since I live where no ukes can be found (in Israel) but my cheapo, would you recommend I get one on these Koa Pili Koko? A concert could be had on ebay for 200$ including shipment.
It seems as good a deal as I can ever get on a solid wood uke. Since I am going to be buying unseen, I'd appreciate any unbiased experienced opinion I can have.

Valerie
08-02-2010, 01:40 AM
There are some quality issues with the KPK line- and therefore I would be hesitant to buy one on Ebay. If you do, make sure it comes with a warranty (a quick look at Ebay seems to show that none of the ones up currently have manufacturer warranties). If no warranty, I'd look into getting an instrument with a solid top and laminate back and sides which can be easily had for around $200 dollars. Or look into getting a fluke or a flea ukulele (as they are just about unbreakable and have an incredible sound for the money spent.) Link (http://cgi.ebay.com/CONCERT-UKELYPTUS-FLUKE-UKULELE-M10-UKE-GIGBAG-/110557405106?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bdbc1fb2) Don't let the molded plastic or the plywood fool you- these are just about the best ukes you can get in the 200 dollar range. Spot on intonation, nice low (but not too low) action and great projection.

You could also search for

ogeva
08-02-2010, 02:38 AM
Thanks, I will wait on this one.
I have seen some interesting choices of Ohana, Mainlan, Laka and Kala. I will ask for specific advice from the forum when I zoom on more specific and limited selection.
This was an awesome contest, you have demonstrated your generosity, I am sure Lexxy will enjoy this instrument.

molokinirum
08-02-2010, 12:12 PM
Congrats Lexxy.....

heyitsme
08-02-2010, 04:18 PM
Nice contest Valerie!!! Congrats Lexxxy!!!

Hualani
08-03-2010, 01:02 AM
Congrats Lexxxy! Also, thanks so much for the contest Valerie.

I have already have some ukulele scavenging projects underway to build me a new one with the tone and design I want. While in the process of procuring parts from broken ukes and guitars, scrap wood frome Lowes, bulk auction parts, bulk cigar boxes, I think may end up building an orchestra by the time I am finished. I even have a girly travel ukulele design in mind for the cigar boxes with detachable purse handle, oriental brush painting. I may design a nerd one for the son with spare computer fiber optics parts and origami transformable parts. I am going to make a contest here for one of the bride of frankenstein scavenged ukes or cigar art ukes by the end of the year, I hope. Sell off the rest to pay bills and buy more materials to make more ukes.

Lexxy
08-03-2010, 01:15 AM
Congrats Lexxy.....
Thanks :3

Nice contest Valerie!!! Congrats Lexxxy!!!
Thanks again :3

Congrats Lexxxy! Also, thanks so much for the contest Valerie.

I have already have some ukulele scavenging projects underway to build me a new one with the tone and design I want. While in the process of procuring parts from broken ukes and guitars, scrap wood frome Lowes, bulk auction parts, bulk cigar boxes, I think may end up building an orchestra by the time I am finished. I even have a girly travel ukulele design in mind for the cigar boxes with detachable purse handle, oriental brush painting. I may design a nerd one for the son with spare computer fiber optics parts and origami transformable parts. I am going to make a contest here for one of the bride of frankenstein scavenged ukes or cigar art ukes by the end of the year, I hope. Sell off the rest to pay bills and buy more materials to make more ukes.

Thanks! How is it going to look like?