I believe the best way to start something is by explaining how it came about, how it was done, where it started to be used, and so on. So here's the ukulele history. All of us have always in mind that the ukulele is a Hawaiian instrument but on the contrary it comes from Portugal more specifically from the island of Madeira. Its original name was Manchete but, according to the legend when the Portuguese landed began to play this instrument where the name ukulele appears. This name translated means "flea leaping".