"`Ukulele Hana Hou!" is a Music For Life project initiative

intended to locate damaged `ukuleles in Hawaii's public

schools, repair them free-of-charge. and return them to

their originating school. The goal of this initiative is to

restore and re-purpose `ukuleles that have been aban-

doned or forgotten resulting from earlier loss of music

education programs.

       With fundraising and other novelty and challenge 

activities, this  project is also designed to raise awareness in the need and importance of keeping music education "alive" in schools and in classroom

                                        curriculums.  Additionally, with `ukuleles back in the                                         classrooms, we hope to re-energize interest in using

                                        the `ukulele as a teaching tool for music learning.

                                               The project is implemented on

                                        a school-by-school basis and is co- 

                                        ordinated in a 5-stage process:  

                                        Identification, Assessment, Collec-

                                        tion, Repair and Return.

                                               Identification - MFL volunteers

                                        contacts individual schools to de-

Featured Project - `Ukulele Hana Hou!

On-going . . .

"Da Beat Goes On..." Music For Life's musical instrument donation drive extended through Spring of 2017 (resulting from successful Ala Moana Center donation drive activity on May 7, 2016)

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to donate directly in support of Music For Life's initiatives and projects.
  • Repair and maintenance of school `ukuleles and other musical instruments
  • Restoring Wai`anae High School Marching Band (Wai`anae, HI)
  • Providing performance experience and venues for young, talented and promising musicians
  • Supporting community centers and schools with music programs and instruments 
  • Assists music education-related causes and needs with fundraising and musical instrument donation drives.

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termine whether the `ukuleles in

need of repair exist.

       Assessment - An assessment

of damaged `ukuleles will be conducted; time and cost worthiness of repairs will be determined and considered.

       Collection - All `ukuleles recommended for repair will be collec-

ted at a mutually agreed date and time.

       Repair - Whether via MFL or by third-party vendor or individual,

the `ukuleles will be refurbished and renewed.

       Return - All repaired `ukuleles submitted for repair to be re-turned th the originating school.

Music For Life intends to further support this

project by organizing fundraising

                           activities in order to assists schools

                           with establishing funding for musi-

                            cal instrument repair costs, music

                            instruction material, and other ex-

                            penses, such as `ukulele strings               

                            and parts replacement.

It’s important to us to be as clear about the services and activities we provide communities and individuals in need. This list details a few of our recent initiatives that would greatly benefit from your support and participation:

Our Mission

Our Vision

The Lives We Impact

January 19 - 22

NAMM Show·

( National Association of Music Merchants )

Anaheim Convention Center · Anaheim, CA

The NAMM Show is an annual event in the US that its organizers describe as "the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry". www.namm.org

"...fostering a brighter, better future for all through music "

'`Ukulele Hana Hou!"`Initiative

Before the 2016 year's end, `ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro 

successfully completed his personal challenge of repairing 100 Kamaka `ukuleles for music education awareness and to commemorate

Kamaka `Ukulele's 100th anniversary!!

To empower people by supporting  music-related programs and activities that raise awareness in the tangible benefits, advantages and opportunities of music education. 

NEW LIMITED EDITION PIN! Music For Life Foundation pin is now available in the Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu Rock Shop!

Our Initiatives and Services

“Music has impacted my life by helping me do well. Ever since I was a child, my Uncle would play the ukulele. He would sing to me when I was feeling down or when I’m going to bed...

Music will help me, my family, school and community and I hope to use this opportunity of being in band to help get me to college and a scholarship. (The) hope of getting into a good college and university will help me find a career which will be good if I plan to have a family in the future.”


Victoria Kaleiopu,
Wai`anae H.S. Junior year student

To become a leading organization in empowering people through music while creating favorable environments that offer beneficial life options and career opportunities for all.

Kala Brand Music Company shows their support for our current`ukulele*repair

or replace* school initiative

with their awesome donation

of *2,000* of  Waterman `ukuleles!

February 8

School assembly at Ala Wai School with Music For Life commemorating the return of the school's music program and class. 

“(The Mele Ukulele) project will 

increase family engagement and community interest as it supports area children. Music For Life Foundation is also recognized for their tremendous support in their efforts for art empower- ment and music enlivenment for the children of Papakōlea. Our board and staff are supportive of Music For Life Foundation’s mission in keeping music education “alive” in our schools and in all our communities.”


Arienne Dillard, MSW, LSW

Executive Director

​Kula No Po`e Hawai`i

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