Got an unwanted musical instrument? Here’s how to donate it to a child in need.


HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – If you’ve got a musical instrument in your house that just collects dust, don’t waste it.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro wants young people to experience the pleasure of making music by putting an instrument in their hands.

“I believe in music in education. I think music is not just the universal language, but it is the language of the universe, ”he said.

“During this time when we feel so out of touch with everything, I think we need music to bring us all together.”

On Saturday, Shimabukuro and Leo Daquioag, of the Music for Life Foundation, will organize a fundraiser to collect new or slightly used musical instruments

“We will accept stringed instruments, harmony instruments, all types of orchestral instruments. We will also accept musical equipment, ”said Daquioag.

Once a year, the association organizes the drive. The instruments that people no longer want go to schools that need them and to young people who want to play but don’t have the tools.

“They see videos on YouTube and all these other people playing, and they have time to sit down and be inspired. So let’s give them the tools to express themselves, ”said Shimabukuro.

The Music For Life Foundation has collected hundreds of used instruments over the years that have opened up the world of music to dozens of children.

“We are here to provide people with the opportunity and access to play musical instruments,” said Daquioag.

Saturday’s drive-through donation will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Ala Wai Elementary School. You won’t even need to get out of your car.

“We will have our volunteers take the instruments from you, provide you with a donation receipt, and then send to you,” said Daquioag.

Gifts are tax deductible. Remember, the musical instrument you donate may end up in the hands of Hawaii’s next great musician.

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