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Toucan Mango
11-16-2009, 11:13 AM
We are leaving for Hawaii This Wednesday (Big island & Oahu), Although the islands are always exciting to visit my biggest thrill is this will be the first time going with an interest in ukuleles. I plan on coming home with a Hawaiian made soprano ukulele, not sure which one yet, I will just have to try some out then decide. :shaka:

seeso
11-16-2009, 12:42 PM
Right on! I'm jealous.

sukie
11-16-2009, 12:45 PM
Have a wonderful time. Good luck shopping. How can you decide?

Rzr
11-16-2009, 12:47 PM
Right on! I'm jealous.

:agree::agree::agree:

nohandles
11-16-2009, 12:48 PM
Room in the luggage for a big ole Uke playing Dork? LOL

pithaya9
11-16-2009, 12:57 PM
Have a great trip. I just returned from the islands 7 days Moloka'i and 5 O'ahu. Best place in the world to drool :drool: over ukes. Be sure to go to some of the uke factories.

wickedwahine11
11-16-2009, 01:00 PM
While on Oahu, try to tour some of the ukulele factories. I've done the Kanile'a tour and it was terrific. (I can't wait to do the Kamaka one in three weeks!).

I'd also recommend going to Puapua - a great ukulele shop while you are in Oahu. It is in the Pacific Beach hotel in Waikiki. The prices are a little high (so you may not want to buy one there) but they have a terrific selection so you can see which Hawaiian manufacturer suits you best. The last time I was there they had TONS of Kamaka, Kanile'a, and KoAloha ukes. I think they also had some Ko'olaus.

And on the Big Island, Hilo Guitars in Hilo has had some Moore Bettah ukes - so you can sample a custom one as well.

Have a great time, and safe and happy trip. Happy ukulele shopping! :)

freedive135
11-16-2009, 01:47 PM
After you pick up that Uke try to go strum a few bars of "Waikiki" in front of the Royal Hawaiian!!!!
(when I grow up I want to be like Duke and the Boys!!!!)

Paisa
11-16-2009, 02:42 PM
Wow you are so lucky. I dont think I can pay the plane ticket even :P But hey, this site gives me a cool hawaiian and ukelekeliing feeling :D

Kanaka916
11-16-2009, 02:54 PM
See this post (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showpost.php?p=178190&postcount=4) for music stores in the 808. Have a good time!

Toucan Mango
11-16-2009, 04:27 PM
Thanks everyone. Definitely doing the Kamaka factory tour. My family & I are doing the group thing with my sister & her family, so I will have to pick a time & music store to shop after we get settled in, should be fun though. :)

d-mace
11-16-2009, 05:56 PM
Wow....I see you are from Clovis also....we've got to hook up when you get back and play our sopranos.

bbycrts
11-16-2009, 07:53 PM
Not to diss on Kamaka, but I've heard the KoAloha factory tour is the best, and have heard great things about Kanile'a, too! (Next time I go - whenever that is - I hope we can spend at least a day or two on Oahu so I can go tour Kanile'a!)

Have a GREAT time! I'm jealous!

molokinirum
11-17-2009, 03:18 AM
Thanks everyone. Definitely doing the Kamaka factory tour. My family & I are doing the group thing with my sister & her family, so I will have to pick a time & music store to shop after we get settled in, should be fun though. :)

First things first!!!!:drool: The uke tours should be number one!!! Imagine, you buy your new uke at the begginning of the trip, then you can live the experience the rest of your visit by playing your new uke on the beach in Hawaii!!!:) I was in Maui and Honolulu in September, bought my uke in Maui and had a blast playing on the beach, the lanai and even had some jam sessions with people I just met. Enjoy Hawaii it is paradise on Earth!!!
Aloha!!!

Toucan Mango
11-17-2009, 04:30 AM
Wow....I see you are from Clovis also....we've got to hook up when you get back and play our sopranos. Cool, I did not think there were any other members in the Clovis area. I must warn you though I picked up my first uke a little over a year ago to hang on the ceiling of my bar & got hooked on playing, I have been taking the "it's no race learning" approach though.

Toucan Mango
11-17-2009, 04:38 AM
First things first!!!!:drool: The uke tours should be number one!!! Imagine, you buy your new uke at the begginning of the trip, then you can live the experience the rest of your visit by playing your new uke on the beach in Hawaii!!!:) I was in Maui and Honolulu in September, bought my uke in Maui and had a blast playing on the beach, the lanai and even had some jam sessions with people I just met. Enjoy Hawaii it is paradise on Earth!!!
Aloha!!! I had that same thought on the beach but soon as I opened my mouth people started to leave :o I cant sing good at all! but I have been working on the picking version of white sandy beach, I also know a strumming version of that song as well as Lovely Hula Hands & Over The Rainbow/ Wonderful World.
:cool:

Ahnko Honu
11-17-2009, 05:48 AM
Take your new 'ukulele into the lobby of the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and play a few songs and get swept back in time 80 years. ;)
http://martinchock.com/_library/images/engineering-gallery/13_moanahotel/13_moana.jpg
http://www.honoluluhotelstoday.com/images/sheraton-royal-hawaiian-hotel-honolulu-hawaii-hi.jpg

molokinirum
11-17-2009, 06:06 AM
Take your new 'ukulele into the lobby of the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and play a few songs and get swept back in time 80 years. ;)
http://martinchock.com/_library/images/engineering-gallery/13_moanahotel/13_moana.jpg
http://www.honoluluhotelstoday.com/images/sheraton-royal-hawaiian-hotel-honolulu-hawaii-hi.jpg

Ah Ahnko Honu, you are spot on!!! IMO, add a nice fresh Mai Tai to complete the picture!!!:D

ukecantdothat
11-17-2009, 06:13 AM
:stop:
Wait... What's going on here? All this talk about uke factories, and playing your new uke in the sand, jamming with locals, these pictures of paradise... I can't take it!!! I can't be taking off for the islands right now... :drool:

Have a great time!:cool:

Toucan Mango
11-17-2009, 12:32 PM
Room in the luggage for a big ole Uke playing Dork? LOL
Ha, rule of thumb is pack light & come home heavy :)

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 01:24 PM
Here are a few pics from our vacation I thought I would share. I went with a KoAloha standard to replace the Pono I sold. :shaka: We went on the Kamaka factory tour & heard some great historical facts & stories from Fred. Also took pics of the #1 pineapple, you can tell by the surprised look on my face I was not expecting to get to hold it for the photo. Next uke will be either a Kamaka pineapple or the unique concert when we go back next year. I'm not sure if I remember how to post pics here but here it goes.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/Photo-0018.jpg

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 01:25 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/100_0565.jpg

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 01:26 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/100_0563.jpg

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 01:28 PM
They gave us these sound hole magnets soon as we walked in.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/000_0002_00.jpg

bt93
11-30-2009, 02:21 PM
Awesome!!! looks like a lot of fun


those soundhole thingys are very cool

wickedwahine11
11-30-2009, 02:32 PM
They gave us these sound hole magnets soon as we walked in.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/000_0002_00.jpg

Oooh, I'm so excited. I'm doing the Kamaka tour next week and I can't wait. Thanks for posting your photos, it helped to get me even more jazzed to go.

Did you have a large group in your tour? I've seen some videos on the internet of the tour and there were lots of people at it.

BTW, congrats on your new ukulele purchase. :)

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 03:48 PM
We started with 8 then my brother inlaw decided at the last minute to stay back with his 3 kids. There were no other groups on our tour so we had Fred to our selves :)

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 03:56 PM
Here is a quick pic of the new uke.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/000_0002-1.jpg

bt93
11-30-2009, 04:04 PM
Here is a quick pic of the new uke.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/toucanmango/000_0002-1.jpg


it looks so small...kinda like a sopranino

Toucan Mango
11-30-2009, 04:19 PM
It is small & weighs exactly 12 oz :)

Lori
11-30-2009, 07:09 PM
KoAlohas are light! That one looks very sweet. Nice wood grain and coloring. Congrats on your new uke!

–Lori

Toucan Mango
12-01-2009, 04:25 AM
KoAlohas are light! That one looks very sweet. Nice wood grain and coloring. Congrats on your new uke!

–Lori Thank you! They are light & loud and that's what I wanted, loud with nice sound.