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Living Culture Engagement: ʻŪkēkē, Hawaiʻi’s Indigenous Stringed Instrument


Nov 3, 2019 to Nov 24, 2019
10:30 AM until 02:30 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Sunday.


Developed generations before the ʻukulele, the ʻūkēkē, or Hawaiian musical bow, is Hawaiʻi’s only indigenous stringed instrument. Learn about this not widely known yet once-treasured musical instrument primarily used for hoʻoipoipo (courtship and romance) and to accompany hula, mele, and oli. Few people today have seen, heard of, or know how to make and play this instrument. Attend this program to see, touch, and play this unique Hawaiian stringed instrument.


The Bishop Museum Living Culture series and workshops are supported by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Kūkulu Ola Program.


free with paid museum admission


View map Hawaiian Hall Atrium at the Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI

Additional Information


(808) 237-2982

Contact name

Lance Aquino

Contact email


We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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