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MaysaHawaii
03-16-2011, 07:26 AM
Aloha Uke lovers,

I know this is what it's meant to be. I'm going to donate this holy uke for the people of Japan (Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund - a GlobalGiving Project) . Please read the story behind this ukulele below. I'm going to ask KoAloha to send you the letter of authentication and you will receive a thank you note from my family as well. Please help the people of Japan who are in need. I will ship worldwide. Mahalo from my heart.

MaysaHawaii

www.BaanUkulele.com
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Thailand's Uke Community


Please see the listing.

Ebay Item number: 120698946677

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120698946677&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR4 0%26_trksid%3Dp4712.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D1206989466 77%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_4382wt_1092



Aloha Pat,

Thanks so much for your email *I have something I would like you to let Papa know.

Today I read the news about Tsunami in Japan and a Japanese musician donating his piano to help raise the fund and I thought to myself if there's anything I could do.

http://www.tokyohive.com/2011/03/x-j...hquake-relief/

I have one soprano KoAloha that Papa gave me a while ago. It's a very special uke and I have never thought about selling it.*

Here's the story.

That day my whole family went to KoAloha to see him and asked him to play a song on my video camera to promote KoAloha and say Hello to BaanUkulele.com, the Thai ukulele community that I started.

Papa was so nice and agreed to do it. He picked one ukulele from his work table and hurriedly put on his signature uniform and a hat and started playing

(here is the video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm1vol16few

I've never heard of this song before. There's something in this song that was so touching and so powerful.

I asked him how to play this song and he replied "Peng, I give you this ukulele. This is for you. You play this song to your son Koa like this at night" and he played it slowly again and surprisingly it sounded like a different song.

It's slower than the first time around he played with more picking and less strumming and I knew by heart that this song is for my family. It's not for a video camera. It's a personal song just for my family. I don't know how to explain but I felt almost like the world stopped spinning and in slow motion. All of a sudden everything was so quiet and the only sound that I heard came from that tiny ukulele.

I felt every note and every melody that he played. Every note, one by one. They poured into my heart. I can't explain the feeling in words.*I couldn't help myself but cried happily. There was something in the ukulele and the way that Papa played it that stunned every person in the room. It was so emotional.

I gave him a big hug and said that it was so beautiful.*It was soothing, touching and just pure beautiful. Everyone in the room has tears in their eyes including Papa himself. It was definitely a miracle moment.

Papa asked me, my wife and son, Alan and Ed to hold each other's hands to make a circle and we prayed together. He held the ukulele and thanks the Lord and asked him to bless me, my family and everyone. He asked the Lord to bless the ukulele that made that miracle. Something brought us together on that day and made the miracle in that room. It's the ukulele.

After that, I remember he hurriedly called you on the phone and explained what just happened. His voice on the phone was full of joy. It was one of the happiest days in my life. I've kept this uke in a safe play and played it for my son*ever since. This ukulele is the holy ukulele and sentimental that I've never thought of parting with it let alone selling.

However, for a good cause, I'm going to donate this ukulele for charity. This is what it's meant to be. This uke is for Love. It had been played on the song "Love, this is my song" and it was blessed. I would feel selfish if I keep this uke for myself. Look at the news and the pictures of the earthquake's victims. Love is what we need right now. We are so lucky that it didn't happen to us or our loved ones.

I'm going to auction this ukulele to raise some money and to help people in need. I'm going to donate all the money I got from this ukulele to the salvation army's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/...VI8OVLnKTLeOaE

Could you please let Papa know that I'm going to part with this uke? and I won't be able to play it for my son anymore but that song and that moment is forever in my mind. My family is so grateful to have possessed this ukulele for a while. My eyes filled with tears while writing this email. I cry happy tears every time I think about it.

I'm sure this uke is going to find a good home and it's going to bring a lot more love and joy to the world.


Mahalo

Peng


Aloha Peng:

I have just read your* e-mail and am so touched by your heart. You have the heart of KoAloha and we are so blessed to have you as a dear friend. You are definitely a part of our ohana(Family) and are so happy to know that you are going to give your precious KoAloha ukulele to the people of Japan. You have made almighty God so happy* and He will be the one to bless you because of what you are going to do. Thank you for writing to me and telling me your plans. Please be assured that your son will not be without an ukulele for a long time. As soon as I can, I will find another beautiful ukulele especially for your son Koa. Let us continue to do whatever we can to help the people of Japan until they can get back on the road to recovery.

I will treasure this letter and look forward to when we can get together again.


Alvin & Pat Okami


Please see the listing.

Ebay Item number: 120698946677

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120698946677&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR4 0%26_trksid%3Dp4712.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D1206989466 77%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_4382wt_1092

Mandarb
03-16-2011, 07:28 AM
Very generous of you.

MaysaHawaii
03-16-2011, 07:39 AM
@Manndarb - Thank you. I've never felt like I own this ukulele. For some reason, I feel like I'm so lucky to have this uke in my family for a while and just wait for the time to pass it on to the next person.

rem50
03-16-2011, 07:40 AM
Great story. Love to see the heart of the people there at KoAloha and the customers. Did you already sell? Went to ebay and it was removed. This is very generous of you.

joeybug
03-16-2011, 07:49 AM
How much did it sell for? Very generous of you! The listing seems to have been removed from eBay so just wondering if you sold already and how much was raised!

MaysaHawaii
03-16-2011, 07:55 AM
Should still be there. I list for 10 days. Please try item number 120698946677

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120698946677&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR4 0%26_trksid%3Dp4712.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D1206989466 77%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_4382wt_1092

MaysaHawaii
03-16-2011, 07:59 AM
Mahalo. If you have a chance to talk to KoAloha folks, you'll know why they make such beautiful instruments. It's because the beautiful heart that they have.

The item should still be there. I list for 10 days. Please try item number 120698946677

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120698946677&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR4 0%26_trksid%3Dp4712.m570.l1313%26_nkw%3D1206989466 77%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_4382wt_1092

joeybug
03-16-2011, 08:00 AM
Should still be there. I list for 10 days. Please try item number 120698946677

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120698946677&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_4382wt_1092

Yep that one works! Good Luck!

kenikas
03-16-2011, 08:00 AM
Hmmm... Listing worked fine for me, and was able to place an opening bid. Very generous of you MaysaHawaii, and a very worthy cause!

MaysaHawaii
03-16-2011, 08:09 AM
Mahalo. I also open a fanpage on Facebook (Baan Ukulele) and we will donate 10 yen for every "Like" click to help spread this auction.


Hmmm... Listing worked fine for me, and was able to place an opening bid. Very generous of you MaysaHawaii, and a very worthy cause!

pulelehua
03-16-2011, 09:51 AM
If someone asks what is different about the ukulele, point them here. These luthiers. These players. I am very proud to a tiny part of this community.

NotsoGoodyet
03-16-2011, 10:09 AM
I tried to bid just now and it went from 110 to 202.50 before my eyes.

Shin
03-16-2011, 10:43 AM
Thanks for prayer from all UUers.
Japan has suffered serious damage by earthquake. However, we feel united with all over the world. And, we will quick recovery by all means.
We will be strong.

Pippin
03-16-2011, 11:12 AM
Our prayers go out to friends in Japan, and especially for the little children and elderly.

ItsMrPitchy
03-16-2011, 11:18 AM
Thats so kind of you.
My thoughts are with everyone in Japan. Keep safe.

NotsoGoodyet
03-16-2011, 05:09 PM
This is such a great cause and a great gesture, I had to bring it back up to page 1.

mm stan
03-16-2011, 08:21 PM
Aloha Peng,
What a good gesture to help out the people of Japan's disaster.....how cool!! thanks for sharing..I hope you are doing fine....Take Care and Many blessings...talk to you soon....MM Stan

MaysaHawaii
03-16-2011, 11:41 PM
Mahalo Stan. I hope to see you soon in Honolulu. Take care!


Aloha Peng,
What a good gesture to help out the people of Japan's disaster.....how cool!! thanks for sharing..I hope you are doing fine....Take Care and Many blessings...talk to you soon....MM Stan

MaysaHawaii
03-17-2011, 04:53 PM
KoAloha agreed to compose a letter to whomever will purchase the ukulele. Mahalo KoAloha and all bidders!
We're so grateful to be part of this.

pwcgecko
03-17-2011, 05:15 PM
Good stuff it is up to $661.

MaysaHawaii
03-18-2011, 12:45 AM
Mahalo from my heart. If you ever have a chance to go to Honolulu, Hawaii, please stop by at KoAloha. Once you walk into the factory, you will feel the energy. It's the atmosphere that will make you forget about all the bad things in the world.

Just like when you strum your ukulele, you'll know that it melts away all your worries and brings out just happiness.


If someone asks what is different about the ukulele, point them here. These luthiers. These players. I am very proud to a tiny part of this community.

Plainsong
03-18-2011, 05:01 AM
This is a beautiful thing to read. Words don't really cut it. Here's hoping that it's the most expensive Koaloha ksm-00 ever sold! :)

triplesixz
03-18-2011, 07:49 AM
I am so glad that you're doing this, it's so beautiful! Another thing I'm most proud of is when I read your name "MaysaHawaii" and realize that you're Thai.

Aloha from another Thai in USA :)
Mahalo - Kob Khun Kub P Maysa

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pat rock
03-18-2011, 08:23 AM
Wow, this is beautiful! I saw the video of Papa's performance for the Thai community a while back - What a great story. We are all touched by the generosity of everyone involved.

MaysaHawaii
03-22-2011, 09:55 AM
Hahaha...I hope the same thing :) Now it's at $708.


This is a beautiful thing to read. Words don't really cut it. Here's hoping that it's the most expensive Koaloha ksm-00 ever sold! :)

MaysaHawaii
03-22-2011, 09:57 AM
Kob Khun Kub :)


I am so glad that you're doing this, it's so beautiful! Another thing I'm most proud of is when I read your name "MaysaHawaii" and realize that you're Thai.

Aloha from another Thai in USA :)
Mahalo - Kob Khun Kub P Maysa

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