Jonah Kumalae gets contract to supply 250 ukulele per month, 1915.

HIGH DEMAND FOR UKULELE.

From the news heard from San Francisco, the stringed instrument, the ukulele, is greatly desired all over America because thousands of visitors at the exposition at San Francisco saw and heard for themselves the ukulele being played.

Jonah Kumalae earlier had a contract to supply two hundred fifty ukulele a month to a company selling the musical instruments in San Francisco, but now the number has been increased to five hundred ukulele per month.

Because some people really wanted to see an ukulele being played, they requested to be taught to play that stringed instrument, and Kailimai was the one who provided instruction to some people.

There were some two hundred girls who came from Chicago to the exposition grounds, and when they saw the ukulele, they purchased many of the instrument and returned home.

This great desire for the ukulele by the people of America was confirmed by the passengers on the steamships that landed in this harbor; according to them, there have been many orders in San Francisco from a number of musical instrument preservation groups [? hui malama i na meakani] of the East that have not been able to be fulfilled.

Jonah Kumalae is the only one making ukulele with his many workers, and each month, many instruments are being sent to the exposition grounds.

(Kuokoa, 8/27/1915, p. 2)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIII, Helu 35, Aoao 2. Augate 27, 1915.

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