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Jake Shimabukuro will launch ukulele lending program

Maui’s Andrew Molina to join performance at library

Six Maui public libraries will launch a new lending collection of ukulele beginning March 14. Library patrons may borrow an ukulele for a three-week period at no cost with a valid library card. The ukulele instruments are provided and supported by the Music For Life Foundation and Jake Shimabukuro, co-director of the ukulele sponsorship. The goal of this program is to make ukulele and ukulele-playing opportunities accessible for all by allowing them to be checked out as easily as books are at your local public library.

To launch this new service, the public is invited to a special musical performance featuring virtuoso ukulele artists, Jake Shimabukuro and Maui’s own Andrew Molina, from 11 a.m. to noon March 14 at the Kahului Public Library.

The six Maui branches launching the ukulele Lending Program include: Hana Public and School Library, Kahului Public Library, Kihei Public Library, Lahaina Public Library, Makawao Public Library and Wailuku Public Library.

“We are excited to launch this new service for the entire island of Maui” said State Librarian Stacey A. Aldrich. “We are very grateful to the Music For Life Foundation who are generously sharing their talents and making these ukulele accessible to everyone.”

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