Kamaka is definitely more traditional in their building methods and sound. Kanilea is more modern and innovative in their approach to building especially in the area of bracing. To me the Kanilea has better tone and sustain so I prefer them but as most people said it's an individual preference and it's like a choice between a BMW and a Mercedes. Overall though I'll take a custom build by a quality luthier anyday. I have a custom Beau Hannam. You'll pay more for a custom but it's worth it.