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ukeatan
04-27-2009, 12:38 PM
So I was over at MGM's store ogling the Pono mango pineapple (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250411111526), when I noticed something funny in one of the pictures:

http://i20.ebayimg.com/04/i/001/41/e9/263e_1.JPG

"Inspected JK" LOL!! :D Put that on my list of things someone could've thought twice about.

Link
04-27-2009, 01:08 PM
lolz. That guy needs different initials for that job, for sure.

cpatch
04-27-2009, 01:32 PM
It took me a while, but LOL!

deach
04-27-2009, 01:42 PM
lol. good eye!

Ahnko Honu
04-27-2009, 04:19 PM
Maybe it was inspected by John King. Nah JK. ;)

MGM
04-27-2009, 04:30 PM
just kidding guys.......John Kitakis is not thouugh

Ahnko Honu
04-27-2009, 04:35 PM
just kidding guys.......John Kitakis is not thouugh

Okay, now I'm impressed, the owner of Ko'olau inspecting each Pono. ;)

ukeatan
04-27-2009, 06:00 PM
just kidding guys.......John Kitakis is not thouugh

Ha, yeah knowing that little fact might change one's impression, eh? :p

koolau
05-03-2009, 11:11 PM
All Pono manufacturing has personally been overseen by son Noa and I since the beginning in 2006. Although our goal was and still is to make Pono ukuleles to the same high standards as our Ko'olau models, they are not, and were never meant to be exactly the same. For us to measure up to our own custom Ko'olau line, in a sense, having Ko'olau as our "competition" has been difficult. To insure the highest quality in a solid wood instrument, and be able to sell it for a reasonable price is not easy, but we decided from the start to maintain that standard regardless of the difficulties or cost. At first we attempted to instruct and oversee operations, and then perform final inspections in Hawaii, but soon found out that without continual supervision, there were difficulties. So, beginning 2009 we now personally perform a detailed inspection of each instrument at our factory in Java, Indonesia. This is the same strict inspection that every Ko'olau ukulele goes through. Every Pono must pass an extensive quality control checklist. And so, to address the comments about the initials, yes, every one so far has my JK initials, because I personally inspect each one. Inspection includes detailed and continual instruction in every facet of construction, in every department of our factory ..... so, it is not much "LOL" on our part, but with Ko'olau on the label, I have decided it is necessary. Again ... just clarifying the label, which my good friend MGM was supposed to have removed. Our intention was to remove each label after they go through a second (same detailed checklist) inspection in Wahiawa, just in case we missed something, or there was damage in transit.
John Kitakis

cpatch
05-04-2009, 04:40 AM
so, it is not much "LOL" on our part, but with Ko'olau on the label, I have decided it is necessary.
Hi John, thanks for taking the time to respond but I just wanted to make sure you understood the LOL part of this thread. On internet forums (and in text messaging), "JK" is often used as shorthand for "just kidding." So the joke, which I don't think anyone meant as criticism of the Pono brand, was that the quality inspection label appears to read: "Inspected. Just Kidding."

I've seen nothing but respect for Pono on this site and you should definitely be proud of the work you're doing both with Pono and Ko`olau in general.

ukeatan
05-04-2009, 05:16 AM
Hi John, thanks for taking the time to respond but I just wanted to make sure you understood the LOL part of this thread. On internet forums (and in text messaging), "JK" is often used as shorthand for "just kidding." So the joke, which I don't think anyone meant as criticism of the Pono brand, was that the quality inspection label appears to read: "Inspected. Just Kidding."

I've seen nothing but respect for Pono on this site and you should definitely be proud of the work you're doing both with Pono and Ko`olau in general.

Ditto -- just having some fun with a play on words.

Now, if someone wants to send me that beautiful mango pineapple..... :D

GX9901
05-04-2009, 06:14 AM
Damn, knowing that John Kitakis personally inspects each 2009 Pono makes me want one now. :p

uke4all
05-04-2009, 08:33 AM
Damn, knowing that John Kitakis personally inspects each 2009 Pono makes me want one now. :p
haha! control the urge!!