A number of people deserve to be mentioned for the different roles they played in getting my 'ukulele classes started in Seattle to the various parts they played in making this book beccome a reality: Kamuela Ka'Ahanui, Kumu Hula Manu Lono, Thomas Chin, Paula Herd, Susan Pang, Anna Shaffer, Mike Jones, Peter Buza, Gail Stringer, Sheryl Akaka, DJ Mark, Pat Klophich, Momi, Mike Tagawa, Franny Villareal, Moodette Ka'apana, Ryo Stanwood, Kaiulani Martin.
A special Mahalo goes out to all of the folks from the pilot class who participated and provided excellent feedback for this first book: John Sheller, Fran Lehr, Carel Neffenger, Rosemary Newman, Jen Strongin, Ben Amido, John Leder, Betty Levy, Vernon Tom, Dawn Mallory, Yuji Boraca, Alex Sargeant, Lyle Morgan, Lee Monteith, Cath Airola and Richard Fulthorp.
Special Mahalo to Nancy Gillespie, my web designer.
About the Author – I was raised in Waipahu and graduated from St. Louis High School and the University of Hawai'i. My dad got me started on the 'ukulele as a kid and my first 'ukulele class lessons were held at the Waipahu Recreational Center. I have participated or performed with the following Hula Halau’s: Halau Hula O Napualani, Nä Hanu O Ku'uleialoha, Halau Hula O Hawai'i, Halau Hula Pulamahiaikalikolehua, Halau Hula O Moani Mokihana and Mele 'Ohana(in Japan). I’ve been teaching 'ukulele classes and workshops up here in the Northwest area for over 6 years and I’m also the co-founder of the Seattle 'Ukulele Players Association.