A Short History of the Ukulele

Quite a few misconceptions and myths have come out about the ukulele, so let’s set the record straight once and for all. No, it’s not just a small guitar for kids. And it’s not even a Hawaiian invention at all. Here are the real facts about the history of the ukulele that you should know:

  • In 1879, the ship Ravenscrag arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii with immigrants from Madeira, Portugal. Most of these workers were set to work in the sugar plantations, as the local population wasn’t enough. This ship also brought 3 woodworkers (Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias, and Jose do Espirito Santo) who celebrated their successful voyage and would later open their own wood shops.