The Pittsburgh Press in 1927 happily published contradictory views on the ukulele.
1 May — Ukulele Ike (jazzy uke player) said…
“It is a purely modern instrument that appeals to the person who enjoys music, and desires to play some instrument, but who does not care to spend many hours in study.”
5 June — Nawahi (the champion uke player of the world) said (and I paraphrase) …
The ukulele is really a Hawaiian instrument that was never meant for the jazz tunes that you hear played on it in this country.
Nawahi played classical tunes and previously had won a Chicago Championship.
It seems there was a little ukulele tribalism going on (and the uke can suit any tribe).