Make-A-Wish and Kanilea Ukulele helped make ukulele fan's dream come true
Celine Jose's wish was to come to Hawaii to see the place where the ukulele was born.
Kaneohe, HI - Celine Jose has been battling sickle cell anemia since she was a baby. While receiving treatments at a clinic about a year ago, she fell in love with singing while playing the ukulele.
Her wish was to come to Hawaii - the place where the ukulele was born. So, Kanilea Ukulele partnered with Make-A-Wish Hawaii to help make the Miami teen's wish come true.
Celine, her parents and two siblings were given a tour of the Kanilea factory. She even learned how Hawaiians handcraft the instrument.
After the tour, she was surprised with a live performance by a few of her ukulele idols: Honoka & Azita.
Celine also got a gift basket of CDs, shirts and other items from a range of local musicians: Willie K., Keauhou, Kapena, Honoka & Azita, Jody Kamisato, Ukulele Hale, The Green, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Matt Dahlberg, Ben & Maila and Roy Sakuma Studios.
Joe and Kristen Souza, owners of Kanilea Ukulele, gifted Celine her own "Kanile`a K-1 Concert ukulele", engraved with her name.