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Hawaiian ‘Ukulele & Guitar Opens Queens’ MarketPlace Location

May 11, 2016, 4:00 PM HST
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Uncle Uke, Robert Yates. Photo courtesy Queens' MarketPlace.

Uncle Uke, Robert Yates. Photo courtesy Queens’ MarketPlace.

Hawaiian ‘Ukulele & Guitar is now open in the Queens’ MarketPlace.

Uncle ‘Uke, more formally known as Robert Yates, opened the Waikoloa store offering essentials for both professional and aspiring musicians. The collections offered spans from sheet music to picks, stands, and instruments.

“A big part of the Hawai‘i Island experience is music,” said Sales & Operations Manager Margo Mau Bunnell. “At Queens’ MarketPlace, we feature Hawaiian music and hula three times a week, and a free mini-concert by top entertainers every month. We found that many visitors already play ‘ukulele and want to learn more, or get excited by the music and want to pick up the instrument for the first time. Uncle ‘Uke is here to support our professional entertainers and to inspire beginners too.”

With decades of experience and a lifelong love of playing and crafting instruments, Yates also offers handmade instruments by nine of the best luthiers in the state, including those he makes himself.

In addition, Yates sells ‘ukulele and guitars, such as Kala, Cordoba, Kamoa, Imua, Kremona, Ana’ole ‘Ukulele, and a uniquely crafted “pineapple ‘ukulele.”

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