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    by Nathalie_B Updated Dec 26, 2009

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    Another thing I learned while touring the Bishop Museum. The tiny Hawaiian guitar that can be purchased in almost every souvenir shop is called “Ukulele”. This isn’t its original name and Hawaii it’s not its home either.
    Ukulele came to Hawaiian Islands with first Portuguese settlers and its original name is “braguinha”, now try to get a native Hawaiian to pronounce it if he/she has no B, R, or G in the alphabet.
    It was renamed and has been known as Ukulele ever since, which means in Hawaiian “The Jumping Flea” Yes, indeed, some of its sounds will make you jump and be happy.

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    Byodo-In Buddhist Temple

    by spartan Updated May 23, 2003

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    Japan's 900-year-old architectural treasure is duplicated in exact detail at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, beneath the majestic cliffs of the Koolau mountains. The beautiful Oriental garden setting also has a carp pool, massive nine-foot Buddha statue, and tea house.

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