Hawaiian Guitar Lessons

Hawaiian guitars, especially the ukulele, were the craze on the U.S. Mainland from 1915 through 1930s. Popular Hawaiian guitars included ukulele, banjo ukulele, steel guitar (“Hawaiian guitar”), and Hawaiian taropatch. Hawaii transplants, former Hawaiian entertainers, and ukulele makers opened ukulele studios on the Mainland, and music and department stores,  even Macy’s, offered lessons in ukulele packages.
Among the most famous teachers, Ernest K. Kaai published music and instruction manuals. He wrote the earliest known ukulele method book, “The Ukulele, A Hawaiian Guitar and How to Play It.” Originally from Honolulu, the Native Hawaiian also founded and managed Kaai Ukulele Manufacturing Company, and the first ukulele virtuoso performed internationally.
– Alice Kim

“Don’t forget if you want an ukulele you can get a free course of the famous Kaai method private lessons–appointments to suit you–with any instrument you buy from us, from $6.50 up, all guaranteed. Ernest K. Kaai.”
Honolulu star-bulletin, Oct. 12, 1917, Page 12

“Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Clark — Famous artists will accept pupils in banjo, Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, mandolin, guitar. We aim to teach thoroughly, correctly, and rapidly.”
New-York tribune, Oct. 15, 1916, Page 15, Image 75

“You can learn in six lessons. Easiest Hawaiian method. STEEL GUITAR AND UKULELE. Latest Hawaiian and popular songs with accompaniments. Instructors: Edith and Grace McDowell. Hawaii Music Studio.”
Washington times, Oct. 23, 1921, Page 5, Image 33

“Robert Yap of Honolulu — Teacher of Hawaiian guitar and ukulele”
New-York tribune, Oct. 16, 1921, Page 14, Image 56

“Southern College of Music Glee Club – $1.00 per month
“Ukulele, mandolin, guitar, ukulele banjo, and Hawaiian taropatch.”
The herald, July 11, 1918, Page 7

“Aloha-Oe — Have you heard it on the steel guitar? Hawaiian Music Studio”
Richmond times-dispatch, March 7, 1920, Page 18

“Learn to play the ukulele. Have you ever listened to the tinkling melody of this fascinating Hawaiian instrument? It is heard at its best on the porch or lawn on a summer night.
“The ukulele is not difficult to play. Come in and let us show you the different models at $4 up.
“We have some beautiful new Victor Records of ukulele music. Come in and hear them.”
Walter D. Moses & Co.
Richmond times-dispatch, June 14, 1917, Page 3

“$5.00 will give you a Kaai Ukulele and 8 Kaai lessons. What better Christmas gift could you give your friend and be more enjoyed? Ernest K. Kaai — ‘Hawaii’s Music Man’”
Honolulu star-bulletin, Dec. 21, 1917, Page 16

“Learn to play the Hawaiian guitar or banjo-ukulele by our new method. Hawaiian guitar and 52 lessons $18.74. Banjo-Ukulele $16.89.
“This is an ideal xmas gift, as the recipient can learn by himself with the aid of 52 simple lessons. Our expert is here at your disposal, and is ready to assist you or the recipient of your gift at any time during the day. Macy’s complete music department carries a wonderfully complete line of small instruments suitable for Holiday gifts.”
Macy’s Ukulele
Evening world, Dec. 16, 1920, Page 7
“You can play tunes perfectly by note in two weeks. Don’t pay till you play.
“Gibson instruments are loaned free: banjos, mandolins, guitars, violin, ukulele, etc.
“All lessons are strictly private–no classes–and given in modern sound-proof booths. … Open daily till 10.
Hartnett Studios, 71 W. 23rd St. (Masonic Building), NY City.”
Hartnett Studios Banjo Uke
New-York tribune, Feb. 5, 1922, Page 6, Image 48

“Have you a ukulele? If not why not? And they’re easy to play. A new, quick, original different method now being taught at our store by Louise Johnson.

“We have Ukuleles … They are all right for a starter, but we especially recommend the genuine native Kumalea …
“The banjo ‘uke,’ first cousin to the ukulele–an instrument with lots of ‘pep’–very popular in California…
“Real Hawaiian guitars…
“J. W. Jenkins Sons’ Music Co., Oklahoma City”
Ukulele time
Oklahoma City times, Sept. 25, 1917, Page 3
“Lessons cost you nothing — The ‘Hula’ is Loeser Ukulele Classes’ own special ukulele. … Special at $7.50–with five lessons by an expert teacher included without charge.”
Learn to Play Hula Ukulele
New York herald, August 20, 1922, Page 10, Image 30
“Mrs. W. H. Lucy — Teacher of mandolin, guitar, banjo, ukulele and steel guitar.”
Richmond times-dispatch, Oct. 13, 1918, Page 6, Image 30