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03-07-2014, 05:13 AM
There is a new article about the bill to make the ukulele the official instrument of Hawaii in Kauai's Garden Island newspaper, and it quotes UU's own Aldrine. :)


03-07-2014, 06:13 AM
Wow...I would have thought that the ukulele was the official instrument of Hawaii. This is a true no brainer!! When you say ukulele everyone ALWAYS associates it with Hawaii!!
Thanks for the link Staci.....great reading!!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-07-2014, 09:29 AM
Thanks, good reading!

Way to 'represent' Aldrine! :)

My first uke was a cheap, orange-colored, solid wood (like balsa) from Japan
that my grandmother bought for me from Longs Drugs for about $7. That was
in 1960. Wooden pegs. Loved it! Not sure where it went after I left for college
(Chicago - Bible School, actually, Moody, to be precise).

I had picked up a Kamaka (over a Martin) to bring to College. I could kick myself
for not spending the extra.... (ready for this?) $7 bucks. That's right! the Kamaka was
$28 and the Martin was $35. Yes, I know, I should have bought BOTH and a few more!!!
That was 1966... the good old days we fondly try to remember.

Anyway, that little Kamaka survived 3 years in Chicago and Summers in upper New York (Schroon Lake).
I did get a Martin Tenor during my senior year... $145 with plywood hard case. I ended up
trading it to Gordon Mark (who wanted it for one of this students) for a Kamaka Tenor and an
Kamaka Baritone. I may have also gotten a Kamaka soprano out of that deal... can't remember.

Now it's Sopranos and more sopranos. Both the Kamaka Tenor and Baritone are gone :( But I do have
a stable of Sopranos that I love to play.

What were we talking about? Oh, yeah, good article.

keep uke'in',