Ukulele Not A Guarantee for State Instrument By Wayne Yoshioka • Mar 26, 2014 ShareTweetEmail View Slideshow 1 of 5 Gina Sunada teaches ukulele in Waikiki to a class of six people. Wayne Yoshioka View Slideshow 2 of 5 Senator Gilbert Kahele shows off his ukulele. Wayne Yoshioka View Slideshow 3 of 5 G-String ukulele, $1,510 and Bowerman Koa steel guitar, $5,250. Wayne Yoshioka View Slideshow 4 of 5 Daniel Akimoto works in a Waikiki ukulele store that sells 10-15 instruments each day. Wayne Yoshioka View Slideshow 5 of 5 Hawaii-made ukuleles sell for $800 to $1,500 each. Wayne Yoshioka Listen Listening... / 3:16 Ukulele not a guarantee for state instrument Officially designating Hawai’i’s State Instrument is proving to be far more difficult at the State Capitol than many lawmakers ever anticipated. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, legislation is seldom easy and far from being simple. Tags: HPR-2newsUkulelestate instrumentShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread.