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Choosing an ukulele? Here’s what y...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up       The ukulele store at the Polynesian Cultural Center welcomes all to learn and play the ukulele and finds many people seeking advice on choosing their ukulele.  For those of you who can’t come, we would be glad to give you advice for our most common questions. We’ve pointed out some key information to consider here:   Wood   Koa is the highest-end wood that comes from Hawaii. It is beautiful to look at and listen to. A lot of value is put into the grade of the koa wood,...
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Steel guitar originates and lives on in ...

Sign up for our Polynesian Cultural Center newsletters:  Email Sign Up     The steel guitar legacy begins in Laie The Polynesian Cultural Center has a unique connection to the Hawaiian steel guitar: Its inventor was born in Laie, home of the PCC, in 1874. Young Joseph Kekukuupenaokamehamehakanaiaupuni Apuakehau, who shortened his stage name to Kekuku, invented the steel guitar in 1885. It is sometimes said he laid a guitar across his lap and moved the back of metal comb across the frets to create the first distinctive Hawaiian steel guitar sounds. Almost 140...