The word ukulele is Hawaiian for "leaping flea". The ukulele is like a small guitar and is a descendant of the machete or machada. The machada was brought into Hawaii by the Portuguese during the 1870's. It has four strings that is under 24 inches long.
The ukulele is one of Hawaii's most popular musical instrument. It became more widely used during the 20th century and popularized by musicians such as Eddie Karnae and Jake Shimabukuro. It is like a small guitar but its tone is much lighter.
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