Notice to Tourists

The Hawaiian Gazette of Tuesday, 8 September 1891 ran the following advertisement:

TOURISTS INTENDING visiting the CRATER OF HALEAKALA, will do well by writing to W. F. Pague, Manager of Ukulele Hotel, situated near the summit.

Meals $1.00; Lodging $1.00; Drinks 50 cents

No Smoking Allowed

According to one site, the ‘Ukulele Hotel’ was a camp house at the 4000 foot elevation of the shield volcano. 

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm  Comments (3)  
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Waiting for the Robert E Lee (1912) on ukulele

A old tune by Lewis F Muir (1883 — 1915), and it was first sung professionally by Al Jolson (at least, that’s what Eddie Cantor said). Apparently Muir could only play piano in one key (but did so very well) just like Irving Berlin. They both used a piano with a key changing ‘gadget’. Muir died young from tuberculosis.

Published in: on July 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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Inventor of Ukulele Is Dead

New York Tribune, Tuesday, 25 July 1922 reported the following:

Inventor of Ukulele is Dead

White Man Brought Instrument to Hawaii, it is disclosed

Honolulu, T.H. July 24 (by associated press) — Manuel Nunes, inventor of the ukulele, died at his home here of heart disease after a long illness. His death brought to light that, contrary to general belief, the ukulele was known to the Hawaiians only after the advent of the white man.

Nunes was born in Funchal, Madeira, in 1843, and came to the islands in 1878. The following year he fashioned a rude, guitar-like instrument with a cigar box and a few strings. It was from this that the ukulele of today was evolved.

What a sad bit of reporting from the NYT.

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Another ukulele in divorce court

It is not always true that a family that plays together stays together. The Lundington Sunday Morning News of 2 June 1931 reported that Mr. and Mrs.Fahy parted ways after a game of Bridge. They were partnering one another, and Mrs. Fahy, in a moment of enthusiasm, over-bid her husband (and I suppose they lost the hand). Mr. Fahy was so mad that he hit his wife. He also deducted their losses of the evening from the house-keeping money. Judge Theodore J. Richter gave Mrs. Fahy a divorce, some money and promises, as well as the family ukulele.

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If you were the only girl in the world…

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April Showers on ukulele

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