"...loving a sister is an unconditional, narcissistic, and complicated devotion that approximates a mother's love... Sisters are inescapably connected by the same two parents, the same trove of memory and experience."
~ Mary Bruno

"She takes my hand and leads me along paths I would not have dared explored alone."
~ Maya V. Patel

"A sister is a friend, a listener, a counselor, a defender who trusts you to defend her, too, and a sharer of joys.
And sadnesses, too."
~ Author Unknown

"Being with you, I can be completely myself.  When it's just us, I can be myself and know you'll love and understand me no matter what.  You don't want anything from me except my happiness."
~ Coretta Scott King in a letter to her sister, Edythe


She is your mirror, 
shining back at you with a world of possibilities.

She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway.

She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion,
someone who knows when you're smiling, even in the dark.

She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink.


"Brother, brother, don't you worry about a thing.  Wherever I go, I'll take care of you."
~ Author Unknown

A Dedication:

At a 'ukulele workshop in Los Angeles, Ohta San recalled his "spit and polish" days in the U.S. Marine Corps.  

The year was 1955.  

The Korean War was winding down, and he was stationed on the East Coast.  He wrote to his sister in Hawai`i, asking her to mail him his 'ukulele  to help him escape the day-to-day drudgery and hum-drum. 

The 'ukulele arrived, and Ohta San started practicing.  Within a short time, he was auditioning for a television show.  A sensational talent on a unique instrument, he promptly knocked the socks off the auditioners.  

He won a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show and dazzled a national TV audience by playing the song Malagueña with his 'ukulele. 


In his newest 2002 instructional book, Ohta San has compiled 26 songs that he beautifully arranged himself in Jumpin Jim's UKULELE MASTERS: Herb Ohta, Sophisticated Hula.

One of the songs is Jeanie

Its lyrics and music are written by Herb Ohta.  Ohta San. It describes a shining presence in his life: a friendly and sweet soul with a sunny smile and kind word for everyone, who moved his heart and filled his soul.  Clearly, he wrote this song for someone who is dearly loved by him.

In the book is an interview with him by Jim and Liz Beloff.  Ohta San speaks affectionately of Jeanie: "She was a bubbly, whimsical, fantastic personality."


Who is Jeanie?

Jeanie is Ohta San's sister. 

The sister who encouraged him to pursue his talent -- the wind beneath his wings.  The sister who sent him his 'ukulele those years ago when he was in the Marines. The sister who is now dearly missed by her brother.  

She has transitioned, preceding her older brother.  And with his song for her, Jeanie is now immortalized. She will be fondly remembered not only by Ohta San, but because of his song and his kind words about her, by his fans as well.  

We owe her a huge debt of gratitude.

So this website is dedicated to Jeanie.  We shall remember her, too.



"God bless her soul."






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