About Us . . . and Ukuleles



Here's some info about us, well me. That's me on the left of the video playing "Honolulu How Do You Do".

I’m very glad that you’ve found your way to this page. Now, you get to learn a bit more about this site and us. Let’s start with some introductions. My name is Kainoa, and the ukulele is more than just an instrument to me… it’s my passion, and that’s not an overstatement by any stretch of the imagination! I’ve been playing for 31 years, and I continue to learn and try to improve each day. I make it a point to learn new riffs and to experiment with different styles that I can translate to this amazing little instrument.

Now, you might be thinking that it will be difficult to learn the ukulele because you can’t read music. Guess what? I can’t read music either, but I learned to play by ear, and I will be able to teach you the same way that I learned – by watching and listening. It doesn’t matter if you can’t read music or tablature. All you need to do is have the right motivation, watch, listen, and most importantly, you need to practice.

For me, I was just a youngster, only seven years old, when I fell in love with the ukulele. When I was fourteen, the love deepened as a number of my friends were into the instrument. This was around 1991/1992, and it was perfect timing, as this was when the big resurgence of ukulele hit Hawaii.

The musician responsible for this revival is a name familiar to many who enjoys ukulele music – Troy Fernandez. He brought about a new level of playing thanks to his insane riffs and the speed at which he could pick. His unique sound and style started showing people that the potential of the ukulele was really untapped and this was very exciting for me. I would listen to him and tell myself that I would one day play like that. Of course, at the time, I didn’t know any teachers of that skill level who would be able to teach me. I know that you might have been thinking the same thing when you first decided you wanted to play the ukulele. That’s the reason that I came up with this website. I wanted to share with the world, and with you, my passion!

Now that you’ve learned about the site, and about us, well me, it is time that you learn how to play. It is great fun, and I know that you can become a great player. Of course, you have to remember that the only way to get better is with actual practice. Be realistic about learning too. It takes time, but you will see that your skills are improving every time you play.

Now come along and join me on this fun-filled journey to learn more about the ukulele.

IMPORTANT: Practice makes perfect. No practice = no shredding . . . Please be realistic. Rome wasn't built in a day and your skills won't be either.

PRACTICE . . . PRACTICE . . . PRACTICE!!!

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