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Hawaii could adopt the ukulele as its official state instrument under a proposed bill
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:03 PM EST
Hawaii's ubiquitous ukulele could become the state's official state musical instrument under a bill lawmakers are considering.
The instrument has entered the mainstream music world through Tiny Tim, who played as he sang "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in the late 1960s, and Bette Midler, who grew up in Hawaii and sang "Ukulele Lady" on national television in 1997.
Lately, ukulele virtuosos such as Honolulu's own Jake Shimabukuro have helped elevate the instrument's stature.
The bill states that recognizing the ukulele would honor music teachers and musicians throughout the state.