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The word ukulele is pronounced “ooo-koo-lay-lee”. The ukulele was taken to Hawaii from Portugal by musical sailors in 1879. The Portuguese also sailed to Mexico and to islands off the coast of the African continent.

In each place the ukulele was adopted into the region’s traditional music styles. The little uke has a rich history and a bright future.