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Heart Strings & Community Uke Jam!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Library Hall
A special short ukulele documentary...followed by a Community Uke Jam, in celebration of Steamboat's new Lost Art Revival festival.

Bring your own ukulele (or one of the Bud Ukes if you have one checked out) for a Community Uke Jam in Library Hall after the film!

The film: Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele

For nearly 100 years, Kamaka and Sons have crafted fine musical instruments from their tiny shop in Honolulu. Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele is a story of the Kamaka family, a Hawaiian history about age-old values of hard work, fortitude, honesty, and creativity as seen from a distinctly Hawaiian point of view.

The Kamaka family history is about as close as one can come to the actual history of the ukulele itself. From Samuel's apprenticeship with Manuel Nunes, the Portuguese man who first introduced the instrument to the Islands to creating "the Jake," an ‘ukulele model for virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Kamaka Hawaii has been at the forefront of the ukulele's presence in the world. Rooted in such concepts as aloha (unconditional love), malama (to serve and care for), and pono (doing what's right), this program offers insight into a family of businessmen and artists and into how they work together to preserve the family tradition of success and artistry. Run time: 26 min.

Thanks to Pacific Islanders in Communications for sharing this film by Dawn Kaniaupio with Steamboat Springs!

Check Out Bud Ukes!

Ukuleles in the Stacks

This event celebrates Bud Werner Memorial Library's new ukulele loan program. Use your Bud library card to check out a ukulele kit with an instrument, tuner, and CDs and DVDs for DIY lessons...then play away!

The library has lots of inspiring ukulele music, films, teaching materials, song books and more in our collection as well — in both digital and physical formats. Check them out on our ukulele resource page.