Mary Morales has misplaced her ukulele while visiting the West Coast from Penticton. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Mary Morales has misplaced her ukulele while visiting the West Coast from Penticton. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Visitor searching for lost ukulele in Tofino

“If you see the ukulele say, ‘Hi’ to it for me and ask it to please come home.”

A Pentincton local has extended her West Coast vacation in the hopes of locating her lost ukulele.

Mary Morales said she noticed her ukulele was missing Friday morning and believes she misplaced it in Tofino on Aug. 10.

She said it is a reddish brown with no specific identifiable characteristics and that the last time she saw the instrument was when she stopped for pizza and ended up in an impromptu jam session with four other musicians outside.

Morales bought the ukulele roughly three years ago and has enjoyed performing with it at various venues and with her fellow members of a ukulele club in Penticton.

“It’s helped me to open up my past through songs and music. My mom had passed and I was reaching out to my old self as a folk-singer and guitar player in the 1960’s and all that; reconnecting with my dream as a teen. So, it’s super important to me,” she said. “It’s just been awesome,. I just love the Pentincton Ukulele group.”

She said she had planned to head to Victoria on Friday to visit her son and two grandsons, but will now stay on the West Coast a few extra days to see if her ukulele shows up.

“If you see the ukulele say, ‘Hi’ to it for me and ask it to please come home,” she said.

Anyone who finds the ukulele is encouraged to contact Morales at marymorales@shaw.ca or call 250-493-1076.

Morales is visiting the West Coast on a camping trip with her daughter from Montreal.

“We’re just traveling on a shoe-string,” she said. “It’s been a journey, full of ups and downs just like when you’re on the ocean…We both sat in the gorgeous Hot Springs and what a pristine and positively wonderful experience; probably one of the best of my life really.”

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