Gift Guide

Image: Courtesy guitars in the classroom

In a budget crisis, the first school programs to get axed are usually the creative ones, so local guitar heroes John Cruz, Jack Johnson and Makana have teamed up with Guitars in the Classroom, a nationwide program that teaches teachers to play the guitar–while teaching science, math or history, for example–so that, even if band class is cancelled, music still finds its way into the curriculum. Gift idea: GITC has offered up for auction a Kohala Kanikapila style ‘ukulele with iconic autographs from such greats as Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons and John Cruz. Don’t fret about education–sign up instead to be an artist/educator, or to give guitars, cars or regular dollars.