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WORLD UKULELE DAY ~ February 2, 2023 🎻🌴

February 1, 2023

Hello friends! It’s been a long time since posting, but I couldn’t let another year go by without publicly celebrating World Ukulele Day, which Mike initiated in 2011!  

This is the 12th year since it’s inception, (Wow!) and 5 years since Mike left us here to carry on without him…But he’s still here for all of us who want to tap into his enthusiasm for all things ukulele! With that in mind, here is his ‘declaration’ of the first World Ukulele Day! It’s only fitting that it should come from him.

The day Mike declared February 2nd to be World Ukulele Day.

Mike had some great suggestions for celebrating. This year I am first going to serenade the women in my prayer group via Zoom. Then I’ll head to Mom’s, with the uke I inherited from Grandma, to play and sing some of the classics together like we did at all our family parties. And I think I’ll top it off with learning one of the many chord melody arrangements Mike created. Which one, though…hmmm…maybe get a head start on Christmas with one I haven’t tried yet.

So, how are you celebrating World Ukulele Day? Will you do it in the cocoon of your home or with other ‘ukers’? Will it be with a soprano, tenor or baritone? (Or all 3?) 😁However you choose to celebrate, it is bound to bring a smile to your face and anyone within hearing range, for we all know that the uke is the world’s friendliest instrument! 😄

Mahalo Nui Loa!


Note: I’m posting this on Feb. 1st to reach all of our friends in different time zones. Isn’t it wonderful to be connected, no matter where we live?!

39 Comments leave one →
  1. véronique Dussoul permalink
    February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

    Hello Collene!Thank you for this lovely message!I learn so much with the video of Mike and his book of Christmas songs.
    God bless you

    Véronique from France

  2. Raymond Calleja permalink
    February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

    Hi Collene, thank you for your lovely message. Ukulele Mike will never be forgotten – very gentle and very charismatic. Thank you Collene. Enjoy World Ukelele Day, today and every day! (Ray)

    • February 3, 2023 2:54 p02

      Mom really enjoyed that I got dressed up and brought my uke (apparently just as much as the dinners I made)! And it energized me asa well. I hope you enjoyed the day too! Mahalo!

  3. February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

    Mike was a true inspiration to me as a novice uke player. I still watch his videos when I want to learn a new tune. 👍

  4. February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    🥰 thank you…I have a signature Mike tenor and credit him for my joy of the UKE
    Hugs to you and yours…

    • February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

      Goodness, you’re one of the lucky few! They stopped production when the factory burned down and don’t know if there will be any. I’ve sold some of Mike’s ukes but won’t let go of the signatures I have (including the prototypes); they’re for our daughters. 😊Mahalo!

  5. Susan Navarro permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Miss Mike. He lives on in our music. Hope yr doing well. God bless you and keep you safe.

  6. Gebby Gebhard permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Thank you, so much, Collene for thinking of us. I wish I played well enough to take mine around to play for people. I was just learning to play cord melody from Mike, when he passed away. Then this summer I bought a camper and traveled, thinking I would practice while camping. Well, that didn’t happen. I had one song down, pretty well. It won’t take me long to get back into it. Sometimes life gets in the way of fun projects. I think of Mike, every time I look at my Uke. It’s right here on a stand, so I see it everyday. You had a wonderful husband and friend! He was a blessing! I still try to play with his videos. I hope you can keep them up for a long time. Your friend. Gail Gebhard


    • February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

      Hi Gebby, I think it would be a wonderful tribute if you would pick up your uke today and play at least one song. It’s bound to bring a smile to your face and lighten your day! 😊 Mahalo!

      • Gail Gebhard permalink
        February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

        Thanks Collen, I’m going to start practicing, for 30 minutes after I read my Magnificat, daily mass! Thank you for the encouragement!
        God Bless,

      • February 3, 2023 2:54 p02

        How did it go, Gail? Fingers a bit sore? Bit by bit, day by day! 😊

      • Gail Gebhard permalink
        February 4, 2023 2:54 p02

        You know, Colleen, surprisingly my fingers didn’t hurt very much! However the problem was that I’ve always had a memory problem, caused from an accident as a child, so the hardest part is remembering the notes. But, who cares? I’m my only audience! I’m working on Ave Maria. It’s so beautiful! At first, I learned a lot of songs and was struggling in getting parts mixed up, so now I am going to master one at a time. Much better for me. I’m just plunking along with pure enjoyment! I’m so blessed, that God put Mike into my life, at just the right time. I miss him terribly. He brought calm and joy into my life. How blessed you are to have been loved by him! Thank you for showing me your kindness, too. What a great team you both are! I say “are”, because I know he still lives in your heart!

      • February 4, 2023 2:54 p02

        The important thing is that you’ve found a way that works for you! 👌

  7. Wayne Justinen permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Thanks Collene, bless you!


  8. Sue permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    I will play Mike’s music on my uke🎶

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      Hi Sue, I’d love to know which ones you chose! Mahalo!

      • susan koebel permalink
        February 2, 2023 2:54 p02

        Hi Colleen, There are so many songs I enjoy out of books 1-3. Starting with”What a wonderful world”, Amazing Grace, Let it Be and more:)

      • February 3, 2023 2:54 p02

        A wide range of great songs; good for you!

  9. Linda McPherson permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    I always enjoyed my ukulele instruction from Ukulele Mike. He really put his heart and soul into the music selections and made them easy to understand. I miss seeing him very much. I have his books and play through them often.
    Pachelbel Canon is a real favorite.
    A very special gentleman.

  10. permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Thank you!

  11. Deb Yowell permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    I miss him so much. He is responsible for everything I know about playing uke.

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      Aw, Deb, he would have loved to have known that (and I will, in his stead)! Mahalo!

  12. Steven Shust permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Loved Mr Ukelele. God rest his soul

  13. Carol Olson permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    So wonderful to hear from you! I am still using Mike’s books and am playing a variety of uke sizes. Wish you a wonderful 2023 and a Happy Ukelele Day!

  14. Gae and Jim Galway permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Greetings from New Zealand Colleen. We still have wonderful memories of our “ukulele” cruise around the Hawaiian Islands on the Golden Princess.
    Best Regards

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      Oh, goodness; it’s so great to hear from you! I have many, many wonderful memories as well! That was a special time, wasn’t it?!
      I hope you both are doing well. I know you’re enjoying summer while we’re freezing our buns off! But shoots are starting to poke their heads out of the earth and there’s still light in the sky at 5 pm, so Spring is on its way! Mahalo!

      • Gae and Jim Galway permalink
        February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

        We are both well thanks Colleen. We have cruised since then but nothing competed with our Golden Cruise.
        It is meant to be summer here but we are getting such a mix of weather with the top of the North Island experiencing dreadful and dangerous flooding. We have just spent five weeks touring the South Island with friends in our Motorhomes and we’re lucky to have great weather all the way. Our travels are staying a lot closer to home these days.
        Gae and Jim

  15. February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Sending love Collene! What a legacy Mike left! I need a uke circle. That would be my wish for this year.

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      A uke circle can be magical! Where do you live? There are groups in every corner of the globe. I’ll bet if you put the word out, you’d get responses. Good luck with that! Mahalo! (And thanks for spelling my name right!) 😄

  16. Susan Ropars permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Thank you for your email about World Uke Day. I did not know that Mike Lynch started it. I began playing uke almost 7 years ago and Mike Lynch was my first teacher via YouTube. I learned so much from him. His style of teaching was also very comforting, with the chirping birds in the background. I came to love this man just from his videos. I miss him and was so sad when I had heard he passed. How can I share on Facebook this information on his starting World Uke Day? He should be shared. Thank you.

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      Hi Susan,
      Many in the ukulele community know that Mike started it and he received quite a few posts from folks all over who have celebrated it through the years since. You can simply repost Mike’s video if you want. I think it has a ‘Share’ in the corner with some choices.
      Would love to know how you end up celebrating it, yourself! Mahalo!

  17. Steve permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    5 yrs, that’s flown, I always watched Mike’s uke videos on YouTube, a very talented and lovely man, well l hope the angels up there know how lucky they are Mike’s joined them, and i hope they’ve swapped their harps for ukelele’s ,good night and god bless you Mike, keep on strumming.
    Steve from England

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      Aloha Steve! I believe that heaven, for Mike, would be to teach the ukulele to everyone! It’s a sweet thought. 😊 Mahalo!

  18. Darlene Mercer permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Thank you very much, Colleen, and Happy World Ukulele Day to you! I have all the books I purchased from Mike and created binders of the “loose” music I got from him, and I’m still enjoying all of it.
    Kind regards,
    Darlene Mercer

    • February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

      I like them in binders, too, Darlene. I can organize them any way I like…and if I’m limited on space while traveling, I can pull out the ones I like. If you want, you can post how you celebrated. Mahalo!

  19. Mike O'Dwyer permalink
    February 1, 2023 2:54 p02

    Dear Collene,

    How lovely to hear from you!!!

    I often think of Mike – he was very kind to all of us aspiring ukulele players and I often think of him.

    I’m a member of the Banjo Ukulele Society in the UK and we will be celebrating and remembering Mike by posting our humble performances of ukulele songs.

    His legacy lives on!!


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