I've been interested in Pacific island culture for as long as I remember. I lived in Hawaii when I was very young, so that might be one of the reasons I feel a connection. In the last few years, I've taken up the ukulele. I have several, including a Hawaiian-made Kamaka, but my favorite is the Fluke, a low cost plastic and wood uke made in Connecticut. Today, I became the owner of a Flea, the new soprano-sized ukuele by the makers of the incredible Fluke ukulele. You can see the size difference in the picture. It's adorable and sounds wonderful and will cost about $100. Best of all, just like the Fluke, you can stand it up for easy and instant access. I plan on taking it with me to Rarotonga. The Flea will always be near to my heart because I drew the character mascot for it, as well as the illustrations in the book that accompanies it.
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