A Native Hawaiian Playing the Ukulele in a Washington Prison

In 1917, a Native Hawaiian prisoner’s strums on his ukulele could be heard in a Washington State prison:

“Day after day there would come floating down from the practice room exquisite, soft strains of plaintive Hawaiian melodies, as Kanaka, thru the magic of his music, visited in fancy the haunts of his childhood, and saw again the turquoise skies and the opalescent sheen of the moonlit surf breaking against the shores he loved so well.”

After the nameless “Kanaka” died, he was laid to rest in the prison graveyard with his ukulele. Read about him in “Tender Strains of ‘Aloha’ Followed Kanaka to Grave.”

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