About 60 years after the introduction of the guitar, a Portuguese immigrant introduced the small four-stringed instrument called the braginha. This replaced the guitar as the preferred range instrument because it was small and fit in the saddlebag. The Hawaiians adapted this instrument and named it the ùkulele. Ùkulele means “jumping flea” referring to how fast the fingers move on the strings. According to Queen Liliuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words “uku” (gift or reward) and “lele” (to come).
Today the ukulele is a common instrument found in almost any Hawaiian music and is known internationally as “the Hawaiian instrument.” Ukulele′s come in four sizes, soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.
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The Luau Kalamaku is an unforgettable evening filled with a lavish island buffet and a truly immersive and interactive show. You’ll also be able to explore the many shops and experience the cultural demonstrations that bring the Hawaiian traditions to life.
The Plantation Owners Evening begins with a culinary tour back in time with a four-course dinner at Gaylord’s Restaurant at Kilohana Plantation’s 60-acre orchard and agricultural park. Then you’ll enjoy premier seating at the Luau Kalamaku show.
There are Luau shows and then there’s the Luau Kalamaku show. Our advanced media system and interactive stage transport you to ancient Polynesia during its remarkable migration to the Islands, complete with fire poi balls and fire knife dancing.