"'Uke-Lending" at Hawaii State Public Libraries

  Borrow an 'ukulele ---

with just a library card!

On-going Music For Life Foundation continues their partnership with

Blue Note-Hawaii, Kamaka Hawaiiand Ala Wai School with efforts entailing musical instrument collection and donation drives. 

( ​Available Now! )

" 'Ukulele Hana Hou!"`Initiative

Before the end of 2016, `ukulele virtuoso

Jake Shimabukuro 

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


100th anniversary!!

Kala Brand Music Co. supports our community efforts with donations of hundreds of `ukulele for our on-going initiatives of `ukulele* repair or replace* in schools and for `ukulele lending at Hawaii Public Libraries.

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

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 Vision

The Lives We Impact

     "`Ukulele Hana Hou!" is a Music For Life Foundation

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 abandoned or forgotten

resulting from earlier loss of music education


      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 curriculum.  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 coordinated in a 5-stage process:  
Identification, Assessment, Collection, Repair and Return.

“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,
Former student, Wai`anae High School 

...to directly support 

Music For Life Foundation's 

initiatives, projects and programs.

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Our Mission

In the News

Featured Project - `Ukulele Hana Hou!

“(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

New! Limited Edition!! ---->

Hard Rock Cafe-Honolulu charity pin; fundraising for Music For Life Foundation initiatives, projects and programs 

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

of music education. 

​​ With a final library launch event on December 22, 2021, Music For Life Foundation's "`Uke-lending" project (in partnership with Hawaii State Public Library System) completes its project mission in providing `ukulele to all 51 public libraries in the State of Hawaii!


Music For Life Foundation is a 100% all-volunteer

non-profit organization.

September 8, 2023 - 11:00 am Hawaii Theater

Free `Ukulele Workshop activity for 100 elementary school students with Jake Shimabukuro as instructor. Activity is to coincide with Hana Hou Festival event, 

*Jake Shimabukuro Clubhouse* 

for Music Learning and Appreciation​​

Officially dedicated on October 2, 2018, the "Jake's Clubhouse" music classroom was designed and established by Music For Life Foundation to keep music "alive" in education

for all Ala Wai Elementary School students.

  • Repair and maintenance of school `ukuleles and other musical instruments
  • Music classroom setup for students, local residents-Ala Wai Elementary School, Honolulu
  • Provide stage performance opportunities for interested students and aspiring musicians.
  • Support community centers and schools with music programs and instruments 
  • Assist music education-related causes and needs with fundraising and musical instrument donation drives.

...to directly support 

Music For Life Foundation's 

initiatives, projects and programs.

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

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Our Initiatives and Services

August 20, 2017

  • Play4M.E. project concludes at Honolulu's Ala Moana Center.

Play4M.E. (Music Education) had been a “music gathering place” for the community. With nearly 100 `ukuleles at its former Ala Moana Center location, Play4M.E.'s intent was to offer and provide the joy of playing music with `ukuleles; making it available and accessible to anyone and everyone.

Calendar of Events

Recently completed

"`Uke-Lending at

Hawaii Public Libraries"

program launch event finale:


      Identification - MFL volunteers contact individual schools to determine 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 collected at a mutually agreed

date and time.

     Repair - Whether via MFL or by third-party

vendor or individual, the `ukuleles will be refur-

bished and renewed. 

     Return - All repaired `ukuleles submitted for

repair to be re-turned to the originating school.

Music For Life Foundation intends to further support this project by organizing fundraising activities in order to assists schools with establishing funding for musical instrument repair costs, music instruction material, and other expenses, such as `ukulele strings and parts replacement.

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to donate directly in support of Music For Life's initiatives and projects.