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Hawaiian word either meaning "goes out of tune." or "jumping flea," depending on who you hear play. Traditional four-stringed instrument of Portugal, where it's called a braguinha. Brought to Hawaii August 23, 1879, by Joao Fernandez and Manuel Nunes aboard the ship Ravenscrag. Famous ukers: Cliff Edwards, Arthur Godfrey, George Formby, and Tiny Tim, whose big hit was "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". Although I have to say Duran Duran songs are easier to play.