Ukeke Emits Sounds For Lovers
The ukeke has been a staple of Hawaiian culture and music for generations and, thanks to Malama Learning Center, residents can learn to make their own instruments.
L.G. Mahi La Pierre, a multimedia artisan from East Oahu, conducts the class from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at Kapolei High School’s Portable 1.
Participants will use bamboo to create the 20-inch ukeke, which is Hawaii’s only indigenous stringed instrument. According to the learning center, ukeke would accompany hula and ho‘ipo‘ipo, a type of love talk between couples, making it the perfect instrument for the month of February.
Participants also can expect a traditional mele ukeke and, if time permits, ukeke can be personalized with ink or wood-burning pens.
Fee is $15 per person or $40 for families of up to three people. Registration is required at malamalearningcenter.org or by calling 483-0678.