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dafamcallsmebj
03-30-2008, 02:16 AM
ill be leaving to oahu on wednesday for about a week....
i am planning on buying a uke out there...
anyone know about any good stops???

Dino
03-30-2008, 02:26 AM
Give my friend Tangi a call. Tell him Dean from HPD sent you. He has ukulele's in all different price ranges. Another good thing is that you are buying directly from him and not through a retailer. Here is his website.

http://www.tangiukuleles.net/

Fred Miu
03-30-2008, 05:31 AM
Give my friend Tangi a call. Tell him Dean from HPD sent you. He has ukulele's in all different price ranges. Another good thing is that you are buying directly from him and not through a retailer. Here is his website.

http://www.tangiukuleles.net/

hey Dino, is it cool if i give your friend a call too when i go?

Big Bob
03-30-2008, 07:10 AM
Hey guys can't have 2 out of 3 without the third person. ha .i am also going to be in waikiki I will be there on the 5th of april and looking to purchase a tenor .Do we get better deals for 3 ukuleles??

GX9901
03-30-2008, 09:41 AM
In Oahu, check out Good Guys Music & Sound (http://www.goodguysmusic.com/), Dan's Guitars (http://www.dansguitars.com/), & Hawaii Music Supply (http://www.hawaiimusicsupply.com/)for a pretty good selection and great prices. Check out Ukulele Pua Pua (http://ukulele.pua2.com)at Waikiki for a pretty wide selection, although the prices are not as good (everything on Waikiki is expensive). Of course, you should also pay musicguymic (http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=musicguymic)a visit if possible. If you have the budget for a high end custom, pay Shawn Yacavone (http://www.ukulelefriend.com/)a visit. He's great.

I was in Oahu this past January. My ukulele advantures during that trip could be read here (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/search/label/Hawaii%2008). :D

Kanaka916
03-31-2008, 06:58 AM
ill be leaving to oahu on wednesday for about a week....
i am planning on buying a uke out there...
anyone know about any good stops???
You might also check out Craigslist (if you have access to computer) and the local papers. There are several others who specialize in custom builds but here's a list of the ones often mentioned . . . BTW, they are all O'ahu based. Good Luck and have a fun.

G String (http://www.gstringukuleles.com/)
Derek Shimizu
99-1451 Koaha Pl.
Halawa Valley, HI
808-487-1193

Kamaka (http://www.kamakahawaii.com/index.html)
550 South Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
1-808-531-3165 office
1-808-531-3167 fax

Ko'olau (http://www.koolauukulele.com/)
401 N.Cane Street
Unit A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
phone: 808-622-1064
fax: 808-622-1646
e-mail: sales@koolauukulele.com

KoAloha (http://www.koaloha.com/index.htm)
744 Kohou Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 847-4911
Toll Free in the USA: 866-840-4911
Email: info@koaloha.com

Kanilea (http://www.kanileaukulele.com/index10.html)
46-216 Kahuhipa Street #3
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
U.S. toll free number: 1-866-334-2868
Office number: 1-808-234-2868
Fax number: 1-808-234-2868

dafamcallsmebj
04-04-2008, 04:25 PM
im staying in kilua and im right down the street from a msic shop called Coconut Grove and i found the uke that i wanted...
its a Kala KA-JTE2TS... its an archtop tenor kala... for 325... any thoughts?
heres what it looks like... its cheaper through kala but they ae out of stock...

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn250/dafamcallsmebj/kala-arch.jpg

dakine2009
04-04-2008, 05:09 PM
you should go to kamaka...i think on tuesdays, they give a tour of their factory at around 10:30ish and i heard that it's amazing. You may not buy an ukulele there, but just go for the experience. =D

GX9901
04-04-2008, 06:34 PM
im staying in kilua and im right down the street from a msic shop called Coconut Grove and i found the uke that i wanted...
its a Kala KA-JTE2TS... its an archtop tenor kala... for 325... any thoughts?
heres what it looks like... its cheaper through kala but they ae out of stock...

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn250/dafamcallsmebj/kala-arch.jpg

$325 is too much for that one. musicguymic has it for less here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ARCHTOP-TENOR-Jazz-SUNBURST-F-hole-UKULELE-by-KALA_W0QQitemZ250232793678QQihZ015QQcategoryZ16224 QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262). And I'm pretty sure some of the music stores in Oahu actually has better prices if they got it in stock. You should shop around.

dafamcallsmebj
04-04-2008, 09:49 PM
yeah... i know its a bit much... but usicguymike isnt available until april 10 and i want the uke now so i wont have to pay shipping... other stores i went didnt have it in stock... plus the store is right by where im staying... but im going to the swap meet tomorrow to look around too... we'll see what happens..

Dino
04-05-2008, 12:15 AM
Musicguymic is off island for the Merry Monarch Festival. You could try Hawaii Music Supply in Wahiawa. They have all wall full of ukes. Pretty good prices there. Btw...this is the Kitaki's family of the very good Ko'olau (& Pono) ukulele.

http://www.hawaiimusicsupply.com/

But you know what....if that is the uke you want, go for it. Just remember its about what sounds and feels good to you. If that is the only store you can get it at and you don't mind spending the money, more power too you. I am happy that you found what you want. We all have to do that but others like myself have
the dredded UAS....ukulele acquisition syndrome....and never get enough ukulele. I know you are probably on a tight schedule so do what ya gotta do.

Sorry....wrong scoops gang. Musicguymic is in NY for a ukulele convention. Tangi is in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch Festival.

dafamcallsmebj
04-05-2008, 09:53 PM
musicguymike has a physical store right??? if so does anyone know the physical address???

vcowman
04-06-2008, 06:45 AM
I am also going to HI, any tips on solid wood ukes at a good price, is the kala tenor the best bet? thanks

Dino
04-06-2008, 10:10 AM
musicguymike has a physical store right??? if so does anyone know the physical address???

No. Musicguymic works out of his home in Kaneohe. Email him and see what he'll do with you. I don't know if he will have you come to his home or meet you somewhere.

Dino
04-06-2008, 10:14 AM
Everything kind of depends on what you have to spend. There are tons of ukes to choose from. Lots of places in Hawaii you can go. Sorry, but kind of stay away from uke shops in Waikiki and the Major shopping centers. They have their typical mark-ups to cover cost of rent and payroll. Try contact musicguymic on ebay, try contact tangi at www.tangiukuleles.com or try Hawaii Music Supply in Wahiawa...www.hawaiimusicsupply.com. You can't go wrong with any of these three.

dafamcallsmebj
04-06-2008, 10:32 AM
No. Musicguymic works out of his home in Kaneohe. Email him and see what he'll do with you. I don't know if he will have you come to his home or meet you somewhere.

yeah i emailed him.. he is out of town right now... he said he only does special appointments... but i will try those stores... i kinda dont have the money for a tangi uke though.. i wish i did though!!

Dino
04-06-2008, 10:38 AM
yeah i emailed him.. he is out of town right now... he said he only does special appointments... but i will try those stores... i kinda dont have the money for a tangi uke though.. i wish i did though!!

You must have an idea of what you want....a concert? tenor? Tangi has ukes that are "physcially challenged"....meaning, sometimes during the build process, glue may spill on the inside, or there may be a blemish in the wood after applying the finish but bascially these challenges dont affect the play ability. Its just that retail shops require better. Very good prices on these. Email him and ask him......oh......go and asking him about trades.....he's always open to see what you have to get rid of in compensation for cash!!!!

dafamcallsmebj
04-06-2008, 10:49 AM
You must have an idea of what you want....a concert? tenor? Tangi has ukes that are "physcially challenged"....meaning, sometimes during the build process, glue may spill on the inside, or there may be a blemish in the wood after applying the finish but bascially these challenges dont affect the play ability. Its just that retail shops require better. Very good prices on these. Email him and ask him......oh......go and asking him about trades.....he's always open to see what you have to get rid of in compensation for cash!!!!

would you happen to know any of his prices for a tenor uke???

Dino
04-06-2008, 11:02 AM
Geez.....I forgot today is Sunday. I have to give him a call on Monday when he is there and he'll go check and see what he has.....correct wording......"cosmetically challenged".....not physically challenged ukes.
When are you going to be here on Oahu?

dafamcallsmebj
04-06-2008, 12:13 PM
already here bro... and im leaving on tuesday... i have nothing planned for myself on monday so i hope to be uke shopping all day...

Dino
04-06-2008, 01:12 PM
wow......here already. you can visit the Tangi shop tomorrow....he's usually there from like 10am or 11am. call em first 841-7300. Tangi's shop is located in the industrial area called Sand Island off Nimitz Hwy near the airport. Don't mind his shop...its a mess....always a mess, but none the less, lots of ukes to look and try out. Good luck to you in shopping. You should of gone to the swap meet to check it out there.....or did you already and didnt find anything you wanted? Anyway, happy flight back. Aloha, Dino

dafamcallsmebj
04-06-2008, 02:53 PM
hahaha
yeah i went to the swap meet and didnt find anything that stood out... but yeah ill stop by his shop if i can... i cant drive out here so i have to find a ride.. Tahnks for your help dean!

acabooe
04-08-2008, 04:41 AM
I have two places a person could check on the island of Oahu to get good quality Ukuleles.

The first is closer to town.

Check out the Honolulu Nuts and Ukulele Co.
e mail: nalo-ukulele@hawaii.rr.com

Waimanalo Town Center & Aloha Stadium
41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Waimanalo Hi. 96792

Phone: 808-259-7880
808-382-8850


And the second, is a little further out on the Leeward side.
Give Jerome and Debra a call at:

Valley Made Ukuleles
87-Nanaikeola St. Bay 1
Waianae, Hi 96792

Phone: 808-668-6682
E-mail: westcoastukes@yahoo.com

They have hand made solid Koa Ukuleles, strings and more.

Hope this helps.

Aloha
Acabo'oe:cool:

dafamcallsmebj
04-12-2008, 07:36 PM
Check out the Honolulu Nuts and Ukulele Co.
e mail: nalo-ukulele@hawaii.rr.com

Waimanalo Town Center & Aloha Stadium
41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Waimanalo Hi. 96792

Phone: 808-259-7880
808-382-8850


Hope this helps.

Aloha
Acabo'oe:cool:

i actually went to his brothers shop in kilua...
it was closer to where i was staying..

Dino
04-12-2008, 08:04 PM
So did you actually buy an ukulele? Please tell everyone.

dafamcallsmebj
04-12-2008, 08:08 PM
yes sir...
i bought i kala sprucetop cutaway...
pd about 300 for it.. i know kinda pricey...
but i was itching to play and i was about to go to a family friends house and jam!!
it actually sounds really good... will sound even betta once i change the strings and lower the action just a bit...

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS MATTER!!!

Dino
04-12-2008, 08:34 PM
Hey man, congratulations. The main thing is that you are happy with it. There will always be people that may say you paid too much for it or you could of got something better, but hey, its like a car....you don't buy a Toyota if you really want a Honda. I'm happy for you. Enjoy.

Now you can make some videos!

acabooe
04-13-2008, 08:46 AM
i actually went to his brothers shop in kilua...
it was closer to where i was staying..

Thats great, Im happy for you.

Acabo'oe

robha
04-16-2008, 06:39 PM
I am going to Oahu in may and was wondering if the flea market at the stadium would be a good place to pick up a decent tenor.

acabooe
04-17-2008, 09:31 AM
I am going to Oahu in may and was wondering if the flea market at the stadium would be a good place to pick up a decent tenor.

Yeah, I have been to the Aloha Stadium swapmeet, and you can get some good ones there. Be careful, you can also get toys.
Look at the person I posted above. Honolulu Nuts and Ukulele company.
Give them a call once you get to the islands.

Aloha
Acabo'oe:cool:

Dino
04-17-2008, 05:52 PM
I am going to Oahu in may and was wondering if the flea market at the stadium would be a good place to pick up a decent tenor.

Flea market is prety good. You get to try and play with the ukes. Got 2 vendors that just deal with ukes out there......this guy who's uke name is "nice ukuleles" and the honolulu nuts company. The Nice ukulele guy makes his own ukes.....the honolulu nuts company sells all different makes of ukes. You can also see what Musicguymic on ebay has to sell or www.Tangiukuleles.com. Both MGM and Tangi would be good places to go because you will get a uke at a good price and not retail. For example....a Mango 4-string 2-soundhole tenor at Tangi's shop is about $260....retail is around $500.

robha
04-17-2008, 06:41 PM
It's nice to know these thing ahead of time and not wonder around lost.
Thanks for taking the time answering my post.
Thank You!
Rob

robha
04-17-2008, 06:48 PM
I want to thank you for the heads up.
Thanks for taking the time to help me out.
Rob

uluapoundr
04-17-2008, 09:36 PM
I moved away from Oahu 3 years ago, but when I lived there, I would check out the ukes at the retail stores. A few that I went to are Island Guitars, Easy Music, Harry's Music, and Good Guys Music. The best deals I saw were on used ukes in classifieds like craigslist but with brokers buying up the used market, you gotta be quick on a smoking deal. If you hit the neighbor islands, there are deals there too. I live in Hilo the the Big Island and I have seen some really good deals. If anyone is looking for a Kamaka or other well known local brand, I'd be willing to check out the shops here, even play the uke, just let me know.

ukuleleboy
04-18-2008, 10:06 PM
If it's not too late..Check out "The Hawaiian Ukulele Company"

On oahu, Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Good luck in your selection..

Big Bob
04-20-2008, 02:24 PM
Well just got back from waikiki.And I found myself a tenor Kanilea.Now I know what a real ukulele looks like and feels like.I never in my dreams expected to get a ukulele like this. It is just awsome.Oh by the way it was an slightly early birthday gift for my 65th birthday,so don't give guys!! Better late than never.

statrixbob
04-22-2008, 08:41 AM
Oh by the way it was an slightly early birthday gift for my 65th birthday,so don't give guys!! Better late than never.

Congratulations on the uke and the upcoming b-day. I just pulled the trigger on a GString concert. It's my 2nd Uke and can be considered a late gift for my 50th birthday.

My first uke was a no-name soprano uke I had back in elementary school as we had to learn a song for Lei Day. My mom said we got it at a yard sale. I just discovered she still has that uke! It may not be a Kamaka, but after 40+ years I'll bet the wood is seasoned. :)

Aloha!

Big Bob
04-22-2008, 09:15 AM
Mahalo for the B day greetings and I wish you the same.Yes I got my kanilea uke at Island Guitars 1059 ala moana blvd it's in the ward warehouse. I desperately tried to contack music guymic but after 3 unansered emails I tried to call him but the operator said the number was not a good number.So I did a lot of shopping around ,and this was the best deal .I am really pleased with it but I am really a self learner and i have a lot of questions.That is where this forum is really handy Aloha oh and We had a fantastic time in waikiki ,our second time and if the good Lord is willing we hope to go again

robha
04-23-2008, 07:05 PM
Well just got back from waikiki.And I found myself a tenor Kanilea.Now I know what a real ukulele looks like and feels like.I never in my dreams expected to get a ukulele like this. It is just awsome.Oh by the way it was an slightly early birthday gift for my 65th birthday,so don't give guys!! Better late than never.
Well I am going to Oahu in May and hope to get my first "real ukulele" too. I just started playing last Oct. and I just turned 50 in Feb. I wish I found this happiness called an ukulele earlier in my life. I am finding at this age my fingers don't move as well as I would like them to but never the less I practice practice practice sometimes all day. Shoot I gave up fishing for the Ukulele. Gotta love it.

bitachu
05-06-2008, 12:12 PM
Well I am going to Oahu in May and hope to get my first "real ukulele" too. I just started playing last Oct. and I just turned 50 in Feb. I wish I found this happiness called an ukulele earlier in my life. I am finding at this age my fingers don't move as well as I would like them to but never the less I practice practice practice sometimes all day. Shoot I gave up fishing for the Ukulele. Gotta love it.


Sry new to the site...if your coming to Oahu you can come take a look at my Ukulele that I just put on craigslist. I'm not interested in shipping unless I have to.

let me know.

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/msg/670439490.html

Kanaka916
05-06-2008, 01:41 PM
Eh, brah, you should make this a separate thread to get mo' response.

bitachu
05-06-2008, 01:46 PM
yeah i'll try and post in a new thread maybe...just got the thing