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The UkuleleA History$
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Jim Tranquada and John King

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835446

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835446.001.0001

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The Ukulele

Jim Tranquada

John King

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the popularity of the ʻukulele and the new Hawaiian music in the West Coast. Because of its proximity to the Islands and because of San Francisco's historic role as the chief port of the Pacific seaboard, California had long been Hawaii's principal point of contact with the mainland. It was the residents of “Kaleponi” who provided the first enthusiastic audiences for the ʻukulele and its music. Indeed, Hawaiian musicians covered the entire West Coast during the first decade of the new century. California, after all, was the scene of the first documented hula performance on the mainland and of the first mainland appearance of a professional hula troupe.

Keywords:   ʻukulele, Hawaiian music, Calfiornia, Hawaiian musicians, West Coast, hula performance, hula toupe

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