Mele ‘Ohana, a Hawaiian cultural and music group based in Eugene, has been donating ukuleles to area schools for the last six years. One member says the reason they started the program was to get the arts back into school.
“We’ve just seen how it has enriched the kids in Hawaii so we’re trying to bring that same thing here we know music helps kids, however you can get an instrument into their hands. So with us it just happens to be ukuleles,” said Jack Terry, Mele ‘Ohana member.
A total of 266 ukuleles have been donated to schools in Oregon since the start of the program.