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Borrow an ‘Ukulele!

Posted on: September 30, 2020 | Category: News, Spotlight

Ukulele with tropical leaves in background‘Ukulele Lending Program

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the ‘ukulele or just needed one to play? You can now borrow Hawaii’s favorite music instrument at a public library! Patrons may use an ‘ukulele at no cost with a valid library card and photo ID at
participating libraries.

Each ‘ukulele kit will include 

  • One ‘ukulele
  • Battery-operated tuner – view a video tutorial on how to tune the ‘ukulele
  • Carrying case

How do I borrow an ‘ukulele?

  1. Call a participating library to check availability
  2. Complete a Loan Agreement. One ‘ukulele will be allowed per library card.
  3. Visit the participating library with the completed agreement, a valid library card, and photo ID.

What you need to know

  • Three-week loan period
  • ‘Ukulele kit must be borrowed and returned in person to the owning library
  • Do not return in the book drop. The ‘ukulele is fragile and will be damaged.

Participating Libraries


Aina Haina Public Library – ph. 377-2456
Hawaii State Library – ph. 586-3500
Kahuku Public and School Library – ph. 293-8935
Kaimuki Public Library – ph. 733-8422
Kaneohe Public Library – ph. 233-5676
Nanakuli Public Library – ph. 668-5844
Pearl City Public Library – ph. 453-6566
Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library – ph. 831-6831
Wahiawa Public Library – ph. 622-6345
Waialua Public Library – ph. 637-8286
Waimanalo Public and School Library – ph. 259-2610
Waipahu Public Library – ph. 675-0358


Hana Public and School Library – ph. 248-4848
Kihei Public Library – ph. 875-6833
Lahaina Public Library  – ph. 662-3950
Makawao Public Library  – ph. 573-8785
Wailuku Public Library – ph. 243-5766

HSPLS is grateful to Leo Daquioag and Jake Shimabukuro of the Music for Life Foundation and partners for making this program possible by donating the ‘ukulele instruments. The goal of the lending program is to make ‘ukulele and ‘ukulele-playing opportunities accessible for all by allowing them to be checked out as easily as books at a local public library.