As I have mentioned I have had a lot of downtime at Travaasa Hana, last night I went to Ono Farms to learn about all the different fruit grown in Hawaii and how pretty much most of it was brought in from immigrants.
It turns out it is the same with music. While the ukulele is an iconic symbol of Hawaii, it was actually brought in by Portuguese plantation workers in 1879.
They slightly changed the instrument and then named it for its appearance: uku means bug and lele means flea – as that’s what your hand looks like while playing it – a jumping flea.
I am not musical at all but I really wanted to take a lesson at the resort. My mother and I sat down with two other guests who were clearly musically gifted.
We were the opposite.
But our teacher Doug explained that the ukulele is actually easier for people who don’t play the guitar as it’s only strum with one finger and we would not have the bad habits guitar players would have.
I think he was just trying to be nice.
But after 45 minutes we learned how to struggle through You are my sunshine and I started to think with enough practice I could actually play the instrument.
And perhaps the more interesting video was actually Doug playing a Hawaiian song because he explained that the songs have many hidden messages. Apparently Hawaiians are lewd and lascivious and when the missionaries came over to the islands they needed to hide all their dirty singing with double meaning.
And I think they do it best, I have never heard a prettier dirty song.