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quiltingshirley
04-11-2011, 05:38 PM
Does anyone know of ukulele shops or interesting stuff that would be within walking distance of Hilo, Aloha Tower, Kauai port, Lahaina? I've been to Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles and the uke shop in the shopping area of the Aloha tower but I was thinking there must be other "out of the way" places. Thanks.

hopkid
04-11-2011, 05:44 PM
Hawaiian Ukulele Company (http://www.thehawaiianukulelecompany.com/index.php) is at the Aloha Tower Marketplace right where the cruise ships dock in Honolulu. Wait, you just said you've been there already. The KoAloha factory is a short cab ride away.

Island Guitars (http://www.islandguitars.com/) is also pretty close by (cab distance) at the Ward Warehouse.

haolejohn
04-11-2011, 05:48 PM
Oahu has one of the best public transportation systems in the world IMO. everything is really close if you have 6 or so hours.

elgooch808
04-11-2011, 06:07 PM
Hawaiian Ukulele Company is probably your best bet for Oahu. I don't know about on the Big Island.

ShakaSign
04-11-2011, 09:49 PM
Lahaina Music sells a mix of Hawaiian and import ukes. There's a little music store in Nawiliwili (Kauai's port), but it only sells imports.

mm stan
04-11-2011, 11:51 PM
Aloha Quiltingshirley,
All I can say is, not to mention names but stay out of the Waikiki and touristy spots because the mark ups are outragous...if you have deep pockets or just want to try out the selection, I guess it's okay..
Easy Music Center, Dan's Guitar, Island Guitar are good ones in Honolulu..and town....Have a nice Vacation and enjoy it here.....let us know if you get a nice one...visit the Kamaka, Kanilea, and KoAloha
factory tours....and ask if they have extra ukes for sale...while KoAloha doesn't sell new ukes at the factory, they have seconds with just blemishes wall of ukes for a discount..call them and visit..I hope
it helps and have a nice time here...Good Luck and happy strummings..MM Stan....

Kanaka916
04-12-2011, 04:48 AM
Kamaka is relatively closer to Aloha Tower, located on 550 South St in the Kakaako Industrial Area. Much closer than KoAloha which is located in the Kalihi-Palama Industrial Area.

CaptainSkip
04-12-2011, 05:34 AM
Are you perhaps cruising on Rhapsody of the Seas?

quiltingshirley
04-12-2011, 07:16 AM
No, we'll be on the Golden Princess. The Kamaka factory on 2nd St sounds like an easy walk. Plan to walk to Liolani(sp) Palace earlier in the day. We're there from 7 am till 11 pm so we can easily get some waking in. Is Lahaina Music in town in some marketplace area that also sells plate lunches? Don't know the names but know where I've seen ukuleles before -- before I got into the uke bug. Thanks for all the help.

janeray1940
04-12-2011, 07:22 AM
The Kamaka factory on 2nd St sounds like an easy walk.

Kamaka is on South Street (550 South Street, 808-531-3165) and definitely doable as a walk. I think they do tours at 10:30am, but I'd recommend calling to confirm this. Keep in mind, though, that while you can order a ukulele there, you can't actually buy one on the spot.

hopkid
04-12-2011, 07:36 AM
Kamaka is relatively closer to Aloha Tower, located on 550 South St in the Kakaako Industrial Area. Much closer than KoAloha which is located in the Kalihi-Palama Industrial Area.

You're right of course. Kamaka is about a mile away while KoAloha is 2.5 miles. Makes sense to hit Kamaka as it's in the samegeneral direction from the Aloha Tower as Iolani Palace.

Kanaka916
04-12-2011, 09:47 AM
No, we'll be on the Golden Princess. The Kamaka factory on 2nd St sounds like an easy walk. Plan to walk to Liolani(sp) Palace earlier in the day. We're there from 7 am till 11 pm so we can easily get some waking in. Is Lahaina Music in town in some marketplace area that also sells plate lunches? Don't know the names but know where I've seen ukuleles before -- before I got into the uke bug. Thanks for all the help.

You can also check the Ukulele Stores List (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?16519-Ukulele-Stores-USA) . . .

Tropic Ukes
04-12-2011, 11:46 AM
Bounty Music is a half mile from the port in Maui.

haolejohn
04-12-2011, 12:07 PM
Bounty Music is a half mile from the port in Maui.

and Mele Ukuleles is just up the road toward Iao valley. Bounty has a nice selection but Mele is Great.

sukie
04-12-2011, 01:20 PM
Does anyone know of ukulele shops or interesting stuff that would be within walking distance of Hilo, Aloha Tower, Kauai port, Lahaina? I've been to Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles and the uke shop in the shopping area of the Aloha tower but I was thinking there must be other "out of the way" places. Thanks.

Somebody must be going on a cruise. :-)

perep
04-12-2011, 03:07 PM
What size are you looking for & price. I just got back from Kawaii, Big Island & Oahu for a month there. Went to ALOT of uke shops, may be able to steer you in several places if you could narrow it down
perep@aol.com

wickedwahine11
04-12-2011, 03:36 PM
Hi, you will have a wonderful time -- I'm actually onboard the Golden Princess right now (we leave Ensenada to return to LA tonight). Be sure to take the onboard ukulele lessons and tell Dave from Elua (the instructor in the husband/wife duo) that Staci said hi!

In Lahaina you can walk to a uke store just beyond Hilo Hattie -- it is Lahaina Music. In Honolulu, you dock right at Aloha Tower Marketplace and they have the Hawaiian Ukulele Company, but you are super close to the Kamaka factory and if you have time for the tour I highly recommend it. There are a lot of uke shops in Waikiki but they are expensive -- you could take a bus to them from the pier though. Check out the uke store thread for ideas.

In Hilo, there is Hilo Guitars. It isn't really walkable from the ship but if you take a shuttle to town it is quite walkable and they have a nice selection. In Kauai the only walkable shop is not good, but if you can get a car, Larry's in Kapaa is great, as is the uke store in Koloa, and I think they have been having big sales at Scotty's in Kalaheo.

You will have a great time, enjoy!

quiltingshirley
04-12-2011, 04:00 PM
Thanks for all the information. You guys are great. This will be fun. I plan on taking the ukulele lessons on the Golden. Hubby took them last year and bought a Kala tenor from Hilo Guitars and Ukes that he loves. Now, I want to learn. I bought a Makala last month online that I hated, and a Leolani pineapple from Hawaiian Music Supply a couple of weeks ago that I love. I am a very beginner -- very, very. I've been doing Uncle Rod's Boot Camp. I phoned Kamaka and will do their tour on Tues. No way are either of us ready for one of their ukuleles but we'd love to see some. I've never even heard of all these companies but I will.

ShakaSign
04-12-2011, 05:40 PM
Mele Ukulele and Bounty are near Kahului (the commercial port and downtown area), which is tens of miles from Lahaina (the historic whaling port and major tourist trap) in Maui. Lahaina Music is in a strip mall on the highway across the street from Kaiser Permanente. Don't recall a plate lunch place. There is a Subways in the mall.

If you're thinking of going to the Kamaka factory, I would go to the Iolani Palace first, head east on South King past the Kamehameha statue, turn right on Punchbowl, left on Queen, and then right on South. At Queen and South, you're a block and a half away from Kamaka. One more block south and you're at Restaurant Row.

quiltingshirley
04-27-2011, 03:19 PM
I'm back from the cruise. I tried out a 1920's Kamaka pineapple in Hilo that had been traded for a larger uke. Wow! I can't play and it had a sound that was wonderful -- so was the price, way up there. While we were in Honolulu we went on the Kamaka factory tour. It was great. One of the sons, I think it was Fred loved to "talk story" and it was well over an hour and never boring. Seemed like we saw everything. All that Koa wood in the wood pile. They had a few cancelled orders in the store and I tried a new pineapple since we got there early. It sounded great too. There's a shopping & eating area nearby so we went there until it was closer to tour time. (and I could think about how expensive a new uke would be) I said I wouldn't do it. And I'm a very, very beginner, but I am now the owner of a Curly wood Koa pineapple ukelele. Went back on the ship and found it was much easier to play than the other one I have. (The lessons onboard have helped) The only thing I've found hard is fine tuning the thing. It has compresion tuners, not the friction ones the other had. Fred had suggested I might want to use a screwdriver. I think he's right. It seems to stay in tune and just need that tiny bit of a fine tune. I'm happy. Can you tell? (I even went on stage last night and performed in the show with the Ukelele Masters and Hula dancers)

hopkid
04-27-2011, 03:34 PM
Congrats on your new purchase! So the pineapple you bought was one of the cancelled orders then?

I hope the rest of the cruise was a good as your trip to Kamaka!

quiltingshirley
04-27-2011, 04:06 PM
Yes, it was a military service person's purchase that needed to be cancelled according to Fred. There's a 1 month wait on orders now and a 1 year wait for repairs of stringed instruments. The rest of the cruise was great too. Calm seas and sunny days.

wickedwahine11
04-27-2011, 04:29 PM
I'm glad you did the Aloha Oe show -- I've done it as both an ukulele master and a hula master, and it is a lot of fun. I still think they shouldn't hold it in the Vista lounge though. The other times we were in the Princess Theater and the Explorers lounge.

Congrats on the new Kamaka -- you made a great choice, now we just need to see pics of it! And be sure to join the Kamaka Klub. :)
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/group.php?groupid=19

pdxuke
04-27-2011, 05:23 PM
Oh, this is great news! A Kamaka pineapple is one of the must haves on my list. I love mine, and I'm so glad you have one!

mm stan
04-27-2011, 05:29 PM
Yes, it was a military service person's purchase that needed to be cancelled according to Fred. There's a 1 month wait on orders now and a 1 year wait for repairs of stringed instruments. The rest of the cruise was great too. Calm seas and sunny days.
Aloha Shirley,
Congratulations on you new Kamaka Ukulele and Glad you had a nice time here and on yout cruise....thanks for sharing...Happy Strummings..MM Stan

mds725
04-27-2011, 06:23 PM
Congratulations on your new ukulele! I'm also a new Kamaka owner and a very happy one! By the way, I did the Kamaka tour a few weeks ago and posted photos here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?46049-My-Kamaka-Factory-Tour), in case you want to have a look.

quiltingshirley
04-28-2011, 08:43 AM
You got some great photos. Thanks for sharing. Most of ours are of Fred, people and little of the actual point we were trying to snap. Glad to see the close up of the Jake uke. I was so busy drooling over it I forgot about photos. (I was in the front with Fred at that point and it was right under my nose. What a beauty).