The Ukulele, or Uke for short, is a four string, six string, or eight string instrument
. It is originally from
Portugal. The Hawaiians named the instrument
the Ukulele, meaning Jumping Fleas when they saw the rapid movement
of the Portuguese
Hawaiians adopted the instrument
and it is a part of the local culture. For years, local people have
been playing the ukulele as accompaniment or solo instruments. It is common to hear families
at night singing to one in their backyard or to see kids walking around
with them at school.
The Ukulele comes in diferent sizes. The soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone are most common. Tenor size ukes can be found with six or eight strings. The four-string ukes are tuned in G-C-E-A.
"Kanikapila," or play music at gatherings and parties.
Ikaika: Howzit, brah?
Kawika: Eh, I'm doin' good.
Ikaika: You like come
my house afta sku an' we kanikapila? Bring your
ukulele n we jam, ah.
Kawika: Shootz, brah. Da uke stay at da house. I go afta sku n pick em up. Lataz!