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Kyle23
11-18-2018, 11:02 AM
Even though I recently got a Hawaiian made uke, I still find myself going on theukulelesite and clicking straight to the "Hawaiian Made Ukuleles" section. I just can't get enough of looking at them. The beauty is really unmatched in my opinion when it comes to Hawaiian crafted ukuleles. I'd love to see what everyone else has on here!

RafterGirl
11-19-2018, 01:22 AM
Circa 2006 KoAloha concert. My first really nice ukulele step-up from a starter laminate. Birthday gift from my mom. Love this uke.

Jerryc41
11-19-2018, 01:50 AM
...clicking straight to the "Hawaiian Made Ukuleles" section.

Is there such a section?

Here are some of mine.

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Jerryc41
11-19-2018, 01:52 AM
And -

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efiscella
11-19-2018, 02:01 AM
KoAloha Pineapple Sunday made for me by Pops. This one has an Engleman Spruce top.

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UkerDanno
11-19-2018, 02:32 AM
Kanile'a K-2 CP...
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counsel1
11-19-2018, 04:47 AM
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Maui Music tenor!

Kyle23
11-19-2018, 08:41 PM
All so amazing. I am a sucker for that Honu Kanile'a though. One of my all time fav ukes.

edhaponik
11-20-2018, 03:20 AM
Kamaka HF-3. Just a joy to play and takes me back to Oahu every time I pick it up. :)

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PedalFreak
01-18-2019, 10:22 AM
Kamaka HF-3. Just a joy to play and takes me back to Oahu every time I pick it up. :)

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Beautiful Ed! Glad to see another yoyoer over here :D

-Aaron

uku0729
01-18-2019, 12:32 PM
I got my HF-3 on The Bay for just over 1K. I believe there was only one owner and it had very few signs of any use. I purchased it a couple of years ago, it was built in mid-2000s.

Plays like a dream, light as a feather and all the tone any one could ever desire.

edhaponik
01-18-2019, 02:34 PM
Beautiful Ed! Glad to see another yoyoer over here :D

-Aaron

Hahaha yeah bro! Yo-kulele forever!

urcuzzn
04-12-2019, 02:58 PM
Do I know you?

counsel1
04-12-2019, 03:42 PM
Do I know you?

No Peter-- but you knew my tenor uke in 2007-- serial # 07-21--116932

Gmontema
04-12-2019, 07:39 PM
I like theukulelesite.com for the sound samples. I canít get enough of listening to those guys play. It also definitely feeds my interest in improving my playing.

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Kenn2018
04-13-2019, 04:27 PM
The blonde high-gloss finish Kanile'a K-1T was my first Hawaiian. I bought it on Ebay and really lucked out. That really fired up my UAS.

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All have lovely and unique sounds. The high-gloss heavily flamed (curly) K-1T has Worth Browns Low-G strings on it. The high-gloss KoAloha KTM-00, gloss finish Kamaka HF-3 and Blonde K1-T have Living Waters Low-G sets. Really fun sometimes to compare the sound differences on the same music. Even with my crude strumming and picking I can plainly hear them.

Kibes37
04-14-2019, 09:04 AM
Is there such a section?

Here are some of mine.

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You Sir have a well picked Uke fam. Well played.

Snargle
04-14-2019, 04:17 PM
KoAloha KCM-10 Pikake Koa Concert

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Strumdaddy
04-14-2019, 11:34 PM
I live in Australia, and since I took up the uke I really wanted an Hawaiian made instrument.
I was lucky enough to score a Ko'olau off a UU member a few years ago. He had acquired a Moore Bettah.
It's a model 200 from 2007 - spruce top, and koa back and sides. The build quality is incredible, the sound full and sweet.

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I came across a Sam Chang built uke here in Australia that had it's back smashed in. I had it restored - and it was worth it! So much sweet sound from such a small box. Koa of course - and a beautiful piece of history. I'm a very lucky strummer...

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Jerryc41
04-15-2019, 12:54 AM
You Sir have a well picked Uke fam. Well played.

This is funny. I looked at the attachments, and I realized I had the same exact instruments. What a coincidence. Then I saw that I was the one who made that post. That was a while ago. That KoAloha Crown Bridge will be going into the Marketplace soon. I have too many ukes.

raffrox
04-15-2019, 02:25 AM
I'm pretty happy with my Maui Music pre-fire 2000 soprano. It's a real player and a keeper 116990 116991

70sSanO
04-15-2019, 08:55 AM
I have a couple of ukuleles made in Hawaii by Keith Ogata. I believe that Keith started making ukuleles in the late 1990's/early 2000's under the brand ASD. They are both 18" scale.

I bought the darker one, his model Kinohi, in 2007. It only has a side port, which was rare back then. Keith felt the design offered more soundboard area and increased the volume. This has been my go to ukulele for years. It is a bit bright, so I tune it to Bb and that works well.

I bought the lighter, traditional shape PD-1, ukulele in 2010. By this time Keith had incorporated a saddle/bridge design that was based on the Alvarez Yairi Direct Coupled Bridge. Keith did change the saddle design to individual saddle pieces that are made from ebony. Keith did this to get better string-to-string sound definition. The ukulele is tuned to C and it is exceptionally clear with an overly harp sound. I have since made a dowel from an ebony block and cut my own saddle pieces.

I added arm rests 6/8 years ago to protect the finish from perspiration. They have worked well for that and added sustain since my arm is elevated off the soundboard.

I don't think Keith is making ukuleles anymore, or at least offered to the general public. His website wasn't updated for years and it is now shut down. I had correspondence with him years ago and he seemed like a truly nice person.

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Kenn2018
04-15-2019, 09:25 AM
Raffrox: That pale koa on your Maui Music is quite attractive. Looks great with the satin (or hand-rubbed oil) finish.

RafterGirl
04-15-2019, 02:00 PM
2015 Special Issue KoAloha long neck soprano. Cedar top, koa body, mango fretboard

rainbow21
04-15-2019, 02:30 PM
2015 Special Issue KoAloha long neck soprano. Cedar top, koa body, mango fretboard

Beautiful!.... How does the cedar top compare with your koa concert... how does the long neck sop compare w the concert sound?

RafterGirl
04-15-2019, 04:37 PM
Beautiful!.... How does the cedar top compare with your koa concert... how does the long neck sop compare w the concert sound?
Apples & oranges. This one definitely has the soprano bark & jangle, even with the cedar top.

raffrox
04-15-2019, 04:49 PM
Raffrox: That pale koa on your Maui Music is quite attractive. Looks great with the satin (or hand-rubbed oil) finish.

Thanks Kenn.

It's got a few war wounds with the previous owner using a plastic pick so the finish does have a bit of a worn look but I think that adds to the character of it. It sort of feels and plays like a uke that is older than 19 years in a good way.

Cluze
04-16-2019, 01:41 AM
The wife and I only own two Hawaiian made ukes (at least for now...)

First up, a Kamaka HF-2 anniversary edition. One of my favorite instruments. This picture doesn't quite do the grain and coloration justice, but I tried my best. Headstock stamp is December of 2016, so she is part of the final push of instruments started at the end of their anniversary year. I picked her up used from the nice folks at Elderly Instruments. (I named her Samantha.)
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-j9s5SL5/0/4e23fc13/L/i-j9s5SL5-L.jpg

The other one is a KoAloha Koa soprano. I believe the headstock stamp puts it from sometime in 2011, but I am not at home right now to check. Also a used purchase from Elderly. Hadn't gone it looking for a soprano, but I really loved the look and sound. I feel bad that I don't play him more often, as he is the nicest sounding soprano we own. (I named him Dave.)
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Jerryc41
04-16-2019, 02:58 AM
The wife and I only own two Hawaiian made ukes (at least for now...)

First up, a Kamaka HF-2 anniversary edition. One of my favorite instruments. This picture doesn't quite do the grain and coloration justice, but I tried my best. Headstock stamp is December of 2016, so she is part of the final push of instruments started at the end of their anniversary year. I picked her up used from the nice folks at Elderly Instruments. (I named her Samantha.)
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-j9s5SL5/0/4e23fc13/L/i-j9s5SL5-L.jpg

The other one is a KoAloha Koa soprano. I believe the headstock stamp puts it from sometime in 2011, but I am not at home right now to check. Also a used purchase from Elderly. Hadn't gone it looking for a soprano, but I really loved the look and sound. I feel bad that I don't play him more often, as he is the nicest sounding soprano we own. (I named him Dave.)
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-zd4WMNK/0/ba3f76e3/L/i-zd4WMNK-L.png

Beautiful - both. I have both soprano and tenor anniversary ukes, and I'm going to sell one - doesn't matter which. I'll never sell my KoAloha soprano, though. That was my first good uke. I will be selling my KoAloha Opio soprano.

Counter
04-16-2019, 07:34 AM
My Kamaka

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Jerryc41
04-16-2019, 08:13 AM
My Kamaka

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I like that bridge.

Counter
04-16-2019, 08:21 AM
I like that bridge.

This is a long neck Concert so it has the bridge from the Tenor model. It looks better than the bridge on the concert I think.

Jerryc41
04-16-2019, 09:01 AM
This is a long neck Concert so it has the bridge from the Tenor model. It looks better than the bridge on the concert I think.

My tenor has a bridge like that, but my soprano has the standard bridge.

AustinHing
04-16-2019, 06:37 PM
I can’t post my future Hawaiian made ukulele yet. Hopefully I don’t have to wait too long. I’m about 4 years away from owning it

wendellfiddler
05-06-2019, 03:42 PM
My main axe, Maui Music T4K-DLX. Fantastic instrument, wide neck, great action, beautiful sound. Thank you, Peter Lieberman and whoever on this site sold it to me used about five years ago.

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prb035
05-06-2019, 04:38 PM
My main axe, Maui Music T4K-DLX. Fantastic instrument, wide neck, great action, beautiful sound. Thank you, Peter Lieberman and whoever on this sold it to me used about five years ago.

Doug Tanner

Oh wow, so pretty! :D

Jerryc41
05-07-2019, 12:46 AM
Beautiful! Some of these seller have excellent photographers, and that makes a difference.

ukantor
05-07-2019, 01:38 AM
My 'Island' style soprano is not Hawaiian made, but it is a very faithful reproduction, and could be considered a 'K' brand. Ken Timms made this, using the original techniques. It is a faithful copy of a Hawaiian uke from about one hundred years ago. No Koa trees were endangered in this production, but it did contribute to the depletion of Mahogany supplies.

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It's a little beauty:

Kyle23
05-07-2019, 02:31 AM
Amazing ukes guys. That Maui Music might be one of the nicest looking ukes I've seen!

RafterGirl
05-07-2019, 02:40 AM
KoAloha Special Issue longneck soprano. Port Orford cedar & koa. Circa 2015

bynapkinart
05-07-2019, 05:02 AM
Love this thread! My Kamaka HF-3:

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AustinHing
05-07-2019, 06:52 AM
Love this thread! My Kamaka HF-3:

https://i.imgur.com/MIsgaXk.jpg

That’s the 3 thickest flames I ever seen on a uke. Just kidding, very artistic shot

Edit for spelling

Katzuke
05-07-2019, 07:08 AM
My Kamaka HF-1 100th Anniversary Ukulele. 117760

Jerryc41
05-07-2019, 11:24 AM
My 'Island' style soprano is not Hawaiian made, but it is a very faithful reproduction, and could be considered a 'K' brand. Ken Timms made this, using the original techniques. It is a faithful copy of a Hawaiian uke from about one hundred years ago. No Koa trees were endangered in this production, but it did contribute to the depletion of Mahogany supplies.

John Colter

It's a little beauty:

Very nice. I've never seen something like that made by Ken. I have a regular soprano. He does beautiful work.

Slade
05-07-2019, 12:48 PM
My Redwood/Brazilian Rosewood KoAloha Black Label.

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DownUpDave
05-07-2019, 02:38 PM
Great idea for a thread Kyle. I have had a few Hawaiian made ukes come and go through my home, these two are wonderful. A Kamaka 100th anniversary baritone and a Koolau CS Spruce-myrtle tenor.

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Kyle23
05-07-2019, 04:49 PM
Dave, that Koolau is amazing! From what I've heard personally, Koolaus are the best sounding K brand out there.

I made this thread and forgot to post mine, so here you go -

Kanilea K-1 Tenor
Koaloha KCM-00

https://i.imgur.com/VsGoXGU.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/YtvQCUt.jpg