By Cara Fasone

One of the first things Hawaii keiki learn about music is how to tune a ukulele using the phrase “my dog has fleas.” We would pluck each string and say the word in tune with the chord, chord (G) was “My,” (C) Dog, (E) Has, (A) Fleas! I remember learning the chords to the Kaau Crater Boys song, “Surf,” in elementary school, too.

Today the ukulele is not only an island music instrument, but has crossed over to many different genres of music and is played globally. With the love for ukulele growing world-wide and the ability to teach and share songs through online tutorials, a new generation of ukulele players are being born.

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