From Wikipedia: The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete (cavaquinho), a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, mainly from Madeira and the Azores. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century and from there spread internationally.

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Ukulele Basics Series

About to trade out those old clear strings for fresh black nylons!
How to keep your uk' playing like new.
Tune that uke.
Only tuned ukes allowed!
Pretty uke.
Keep 'er clean.
Ukes.
Picking a uke has never been easier.