ʻUkulele Collection

We have a collection of Concert and Tenor Kala ʻukulele instruments with accompanying carrying cases available. All Instruments are located at the Circulation Desk.

See the ʻUkulele guide for information about finding books, articles, audiovisual materials, and more.

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Requirements for First-Time Borrowers

  • Patrons can call the Circulation Desk ahead of time to reserve an instrument for pick up. Circulation Desk (808) 932-7286.
  • Patrons who do not call ahead of time may be asked to come back at a later time to allow for instrument processing to be complete.
  • All first time borrowers must read, sign, and submit the Instrument Loan Agreement Form to the Circulation Desk at check-out.

General Requirements for Borrowing

  • Patrons must be a Student, Faculty, or Staff member of UH Hilo or Hawaiʻi CC.
  • Patrons must be 18 years or older to check out an instrument.
  • Patrons must be in good standing with the library with no outstanding fines.
  • Only one instrument per library account can be checked out at a time.
  • The maximum loan period for instruments is 1 week with no renewal.
  • Patrons are responsible for the proper care and handling of instruments and/or related supplies while on loan and shall return all items in the same condition they were received.
  • Each instrument will undergo inspection to document any changes to the instrument before and after lending.

Handling & Storage

  • It is the responsibility of the patron to properly store the instrument while it is checked out.
  • The Circulation Desk will issue the instrument with a carrying case. Whenever transporting the instrument, patrons need to ensure the instrument is secured in the case by having the case completely zipped up.
  • Do not store the instrument in any hot environment. Do not store the instrument in a car. Keep the instrument out of the sun, rain, and heat. Why? Temperature and humidity can affect the instrument. Too much or too little moisture may warp wood, cause wood to lose moisture and crack, shrink, snap, or break.
  • Do not tamper with the original hardware of the instrument. Do not attempt to clean or make repairs on your own. If you have any problems with the instrument or if it has been damaged, immediately return it to the Circulation Desk so that the issue may be resolved.

Item Return

  • Please return library materials by the due date.
  • Do not use the book drop. The instrument must be returned to library staff at the Mookini Library Circulation Desk so that the instrument can be inspected and the return can be processed.
  • The instrument will not be put back into circulation until library staff has verified the functionality of the instrument as good.
  • If the item is returned with new damages or if the functionality of the instrument is compromised while on loan, a hold & associated fee will be placed on the patron’s account. See Fees & Liabilities section.

Requirements for Course Reserve

  • The option to place instruments on Course Reserve is restricted to UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC Faculty only.
  • No more than ten instruments may be placed on Course Reserve at once.
  • Instruments may be placed on Course Reserve for the duration of the specified course, which is usually one semester.
  • Timeframe options for students to borrow Course Reserves include 2 hours, 4 hours, 1 day, 2 days, or 7 days with no renewals.
  • All Instrument Lending Guidelines must be followed.
  • Faculty must complete and submit the Course Reserve Request Form and allow up to seven working days for processing. The Course Reserve Form can be submitted via email to Cindy Mohandie , email: reserve@hawaii.edu.
  • Faculty must submit a class roster with the first and last names of students and their UH ID numbers.
  • Faculty must have each student read, sign, and submit the Instrument Loan Agreement Form.
  • Students must have a valid photo ID to check out items on Course Reserve at the Circulation Desk.
  • See the Course Reserve webpage to learn more about the option to place materials on Course Reserve.

Fees & Liabilities

  • Overdue fines for patrons are $1 a day with a maximum of $10 before transitioning to the associated lost item fee.
  • If any items are damaged or lost while on loan, the borrower will be responsible for the full cost of the item repair or replacement
Damage Level Description Associated Fee
Level 1 Minor damage to the instrument that does not affect playability (i.e. scratches, nicks) $0
Level 2 Minor damage that affects the playability of the instrument (i.e. broken string) $5
Level 3 Moderate damage that requires repair between $10-$50 (i.e. dent or crack, broken tuner, headstock, saddle, or bridge). $25-$50
Level 4 Major damage that requires repair costing more than $50 (i.e. broken tuner, headstock, saddle, or bridge).0 $50-replacement cost
Lost Item Item must be replaced Concert 'ukulele w/ carrying case: $117 / Tenor 'ukulele w//carrying case: $139

Mahalo to Our Local Instrument Supplier: Hilo Ukulele and Guitar 56 Ponahawai Street Hilo, HI 96720