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ceviche
08-28-2010, 08:25 AM
Here's an interesting Uke History Quiz question:

What's the name of the first ukulele-only music shop in the world?

I said "world," because how I first heard it. However, it's probably safe to say, "In the USA." Still, I'll stick to "world" for the time being.

As soon as someone comes up with the right answer, I'll post some picture and story.

--Dave E.

philxbx
08-28-2010, 10:13 PM
I give up!! Spent an hour googling...

ukecantdothat
08-29-2010, 05:27 AM
OK, I'll take a stab at it... The Ukulele Only Store in, let's say... Hawaii. :nana:

ceviche
08-30-2010, 05:06 PM
OK, I'll take a stab at it... The Ukulele Only Store in, let's say... Hawaii. :nana:

Dang! You are so very close!

ukecantdothat
08-31-2010, 07:30 AM
Dang! You are so very close!

Uhhh.. Oh! Yes, of course... Ye Olde Ukulele Only Shoppe?

ceviche
08-31-2010, 10:40 AM
Uhhh.. Oh! Yes, of course... Ye Olde Ukulele Only Shoppe?

Getting colder.

mm stan
08-31-2010, 11:22 AM
he he..Kamaka...for ukulele store
Peru.... for ceviche

ceviche
08-31-2010, 12:07 PM
he he..Kamaka...for ukulele store
Peru.... for ceviche

LOL! "Peru.... for ceviche" Pretty funny! I've actually been there and ate the ceviche. Sure was good, but the ancient Incans also got their revenge.

Kamaka? Hmm... Not what I had in mind, but I can't help but wonder if that could win on a technicality. Still, location-wise, you are very, very warm.

--Dave E.

ErnieJ
08-31-2010, 12:12 PM
How about Ukulele Puapua in Honolulu?

ukecantdothat
08-31-2010, 12:25 PM
Getting colder.

Ukes 'R' Us in La Mesa, CA? (Brrrrrrrr!)

ceviche
09-01-2010, 07:27 AM
How about Ukulele Puapua in Honolulu?

Just a "Johnny Come Lately."

ceviche
09-01-2010, 07:29 AM
Ukes 'R' Us in La Mesa, CA? (Brrrrrrrr!)

Cold--despite URU being in sunny California.

mm stan
09-01-2010, 07:47 AM
Does the store start with a B and was in the territory of hawaii period...don't wanna give it away if I'm right..

ceviche
09-01-2010, 08:10 AM
Does the store start with a B and was in the territory of hawaii period...don't wanna give it away if I'm right..

No "B." Now why does that make me want to laugh? But it is in Hawaii.

spookefoote
09-01-2010, 08:23 AM
Is it......... "The Oldest Ukulele Only Shop in the World, (we think) Hawaii, officially opened by Jack Lord (Soprano Uke) booked up (sorry, backed up) by Dano on Tenor."

Please tell me and put me out of my misery.

mm stan
09-01-2010, 08:24 AM
I know Augusto Dias was the first advertised luthier in Hawaii...I believe 1883..

ukecantdothat
09-01-2010, 11:22 AM
Is it......... "The Oldest Ukulele Only Shop in the World, (we think) Hawaii, officially opened by Jack Lord (Soprano Uke) booked up (sorry, backed up) by Dano on Tenor."

Please tell me and put me out of my misery.

Yes, please the suspense is killing me! One more guess: Nuttin' But Ukes in Ukeport, PA?

ceviche
09-06-2010, 12:08 PM
This will be my third time trying to post the answer. Way too many browser crashes for me to find the time to post and be prompt as well.

Anyway, the answer is: The Hawaiian Ukulele Company, located in Downtown Honolulu, in The Aloha Tower Mall.

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They've been around since the early 1990's, starting with a kiosk at The Aloha Tower Mall. When Calvin Nelson first went around to the uke makers to pitch his idea of an ukulele-only music shop, they all thought he was crazy to try. Well, as you can see, the kiosk found enough success to re-open in one of the boutique shops in the mall.

While I was working on the Matson containership, the S.S. Kauai, I visited the shop a number of times, as I was in search of a KoAloha tenor uke. I originally planned on visiting KoAloha for a factory tour and buying direct. Unfortunately, my ship only arrived on the weekend, when KoAloha was closed. In the end, Paul Okami agreed to meet me at the 40th Annual Ukulele Festival of Hawaii, so I could “test drive” two different sounding tenors (a Luciano Pavarotti or a Placido Domingo?).

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I really don't photograph well, do I?

Before that occurred, I happened to make a small purchase of some items at The HUC. Just before I left, Mamiko Nelson, Calvin’s wife, handed me one of their business cards. When I saw the logo, I recalled that it looked surprisingly similar to the one that sits in the case of my standard-size KoAloha uke. I bought that ten years ago from a kiosk at Ala Moana Mall. So I asked her if HUC used to have a kiosk at Ala Moana. Surprise of surprises: I’m a returned customer!!!

In the end, Mamiko proved to be a very kind and generous person. Mad props to her and HUC! You see, my standard uke was in need of a string height adjustment, and, because I was only in Honolulu on the weekends when KoAloha was closed, I was looking at having to mail it from home. So I asked Mamiko if she could deliver it for me for the fix. No problem! She was more than willing to help me out. As a matter of fact, she is good friends with the Okamis. Sweet!

Well, the story doesn’t quite end there. Remember that tenor uke? I worked out an agreement with Paul that I would buy my tenor through HUC. Why not support KoAloha’s dealers while supporting KoAloha? Besides, Mamiko was more than willing to hand-deliver the very first uke I owned. So, in the very end of the story, here are both of my KoAloha ukes—having arrived at The Hawaiian Ukulele Company at the same time.

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Here's Mamiko with my two ukes. She's not only one of the nicest and sweetest people I've met, she's also a former concert pianist. She does know music.

So, if you're visiting Honolulu, you would be doing yourself a favor to pay The Hawaiian Ukulele Company a visit. They carry not only KoAlohas, Kamakas, and other koa ukes, but they also have other affordable quality ones as well. And tell Mamiko that "Sailor Dave" sent you.

Thanks for playing!
--Dave E.