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Watch Andrew Molina and his Dad Cover Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Andrew Molina

Andrew Molina, an up-and-coming ukulele player who made our list of 5 Hawaiian artists to watch, recently stopped by the Ukulele Site on Oahu's North Shore to perform a stirring cover of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" with his dad, Jay Molina. Watch the video above. The Maui-based Molina comes from a musical family: His father played electric bass in Music [...]

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The Next Jake: 5 Up-And-Coming Hawaiian Artists to Watch

Ukulele virtuoso's Brittni Paiva, Kalei Gamiao, Andrew Molina, Kris Fuchigami, Corey Fujimoto

By Kenny Berkowitz They’re young, they’re phenomenally talented, and they’re dreaming of becoming the next Jake Shimabukuro. And why shouldn’t they? Meet the future stars of Hawaiian ukulele. Brittni Paiva Brittni Paiva Covers: “Boogie Woogie Bossa Nova,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Take Five” Only 26, Brittni Paiva is already one of the island’s most accomplished [...]

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Five Essential, Classic Hawaiian Ukulele Albums

Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo`ole

Long before Jake Shimabukuro helped launch the ukulele into the stratosphere, many other Hawaiian ukulele players paved the way for his ascent. Some musicians were active at the height of the first wave of ukulele mania in the ’20s and ’30s—and delivered the earliest recordings of uke virtuosity—while others were the heart and soul of [...]

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Byron Yasui Pens a Ukulele Tour de Force for Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro performing with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

By Audrey Coleman Photography courtesy of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra It’s not that nobody has ever thought of writing a concerto for the ukulele. In 1999, the Wallingford (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra commissioned uke player-composer Jim Beloff to write Uke Can’t Be Serious: A Concerto for Ukulele and Symphony, which was performed several times. Then there’s the Ukulele [...]

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Review: Ohana’s OBU-22 Ukulele Packs a Punch

Ohana OBU-22 Ukulele

As the bass branch of the ukulele family tree grows, it seems to be sprouting in a few different directions. The latest development is toward bigger bass ukes that some players may find easier to use. The Ohana OBU-22 compact bass ukulele is one such instrument. The pairing of a larger body and longer scale [...]

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Review: KoAloha’s Naupaka Tenor and Soprano Ukuleles

KoAloha Naupaka Ukuleles

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I first opened the boxes from Hawaiian ukulele makers KoAloha. Surprised to find mix-and-match tops staring back at me, I squinted, did a double take, and finally took a closer look at KoAloha’s new Naupaka ukes. The Naupaka bodies are made with two different woods: [...]

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