Sarah Jane Salonga

Sarah Jane is a JHUI certified ukulele teacher, and has taught workshops and private lessons at Hale Ukulele since 2013. She is a teaching artist with non-profit Classics 4 Kids, bringing music and ukulele into the classroom at local schools. She studied voice, music theory, and musical theatre, and can be seen performing in musicals around town. Sarah Jane can’t wait to share her love of music with you. Register for Sarah Jane’s 1-day workshops here:

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Sarah Maisel

Sarah began playing music at 6 years old, studying Classical Violin for 10 years. After college, she moved to San Diego where she discovered the 'ukulele and has been hooked ever since. Since 2009 Sarah has recorded three solo albums and two albums with her partner, Craig Chee. She and Craig travel the world teaching and performing 'ukulele. Though Sarah does enjoy traveling, there is still no place like home. When she is in San Diego, you can find her performing at local gigs and teaching here at Hale 'Ukulele. For her, the greatest joy is sharing music with her students. 

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Uke Kurt

Born in Illinois but growing up on Guam and Hawaii, Kurt’s first exposure to the ukulele came from listening to his father and friends play at any opportunity. This experience created a deep appreciation for the power of music bringing people together celebrating life through song.

Kurt can often be found playing and singing at local venues throughout San Diego. He also performs with his two daughters while they perform with a local Polynesian dance revue, The Pride of Polynesia. 

Kurt is available for private performances and group or private lessons.


Kevin Rones is a San Diego based Ukulele and Guitar instructor, a published author, illustrator, educator and acoustic performer. His popular KEV’s QuickStart™ Ukulele & Guitar method workshops continue to inspire and educate attendees. KEV’s QuickStart™ Fingerstyle Ukulele and KEV’s QuickStart™ Ukulele Christmas Songs are available world-wide through Centerstream/Hal Leonard publishing. He teaches in from his private studio a few doors down from Hale 'Ukulele. He also runs his own Uke meet up, Sniki Tiki the 1st Wednesday of every month. Schedule a Private Lesson - Click Here

Craig Chee

Wanting to bring something to share on the mainland, Craig chose to focus on the ukulele before leaving Hawai’i for college. Although Craig had grown up playing the cello and piano, he wanted something that gave a little more distinction of coming from the islands. He has studied with Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. He has also collaborated with  Aldrine Guerrero and  Aaron Nakamura, of 'Ukulele Underground, teaching a Masters Class. From workshops to individual lessons, Craig loves teaching. He has recorded two full length albums of his own, as well as two with his partner, Sarah Maisel. Though they enjoy traveling the world together, playing at various festivals and events, their main joy is teaching.