Nā Mea Ho‘okani Pila — Instruments

Recommended sites rich in information on ‘ukulele, kī hō‘alu slack key guitar, and steel guitar.

The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum

Dedicated to the Preservation of Ukulele History. Information about ukulele players and makers, ukulele music, and ukulele history. An extensive compilation of historical information, including richly illustrated profiles of Hall of Fame inductees, images of sheet music and instruction books, a Q&A section on vintage instruments, and a video compiled from archival footage filmed by the Ford Motor Company around 1917.

Nalu Music Ukulele Arcade

Comprehensive historical compedium and “Ho‘o Nalu” blog by the late performer, teacher and scholar John King.

Flea Market Music, Inc

This ‘ukulele site combines commerce and community. Flea Market Music, Inc. is author Jim Beloffʻs emporium of his extensive line of books, CDs, DVDs, Flea and Fluke ʻukulele. The community portion features a bulletin board, an events calendar, a used ʻukulele marketplace, a forum, and an extensive collection of links on everything ʻukulele.

Dancing Cat Records Hawaiian Slack Key Book

Essays on the history of slack key guitar playing, and extensive analysis of technical aspects, especially tunings

Keola Beamer

The online home of prominent slack key guitarist and songwriter Keola Beamer, the site has an extensive array of offerings, including online video lessons. Links to many of Keola Beamer’s CDs will yield pages where you can read the album liner notes.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association

“A worldwide organization promoting traditional Hawaiian music and the signature sound of Hawaiian steel guitar.”  The website includes an archive with vintage photos, galleries of annual conventions in Joliet, IL and biennial conventions in Honolulu, and an active Forum.

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