"`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
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-
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)
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:
January 19 - 22
( 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!
“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.”
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!
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
Kula No Po`e Hawai`i