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MGM
04-20-2012, 06:04 PM
We should all by now heard that big island ukulele is gearing up for made in Hawaii ukuleles headed and trained by a big name luthier.....but did you know another maker of Chinese tourist type ukes you all see in ABC stores and their better line that actually plays is getting plans on building made in Hawaii ukes too......the mongoose is out on the prowl for more info.....

Rick Turner
04-20-2012, 06:21 PM
I'm all for anything that can get American luthiers paid to build ukes...:-)

TheCraftedCow
04-20-2012, 06:43 PM
I have been talking to the owners of another ukulele line produced in China that are planning to produce their ukes either on the island where they have their business, or in the states.

perep
04-20-2012, 06:53 PM
Hey out there to Craftedcow, here in Honolulu now, saw some GREAT ukes at MGM's AKA Hawaii Music Supply, Mike is looking like a million bucks but the ukes there are lower price that I believe all the other high end uke store here. Have to go back there & dream some more
Don

mm stan
04-20-2012, 11:04 PM
Aloha Mike,
Does that chinese company start with L..... hmmm

bbycrts
04-21-2012, 08:06 AM
Aloha Mike,
Does that chinese company start with L..... hmmm

And have prior experience with ukes built in the islands...by a company from Kaneohe? Are they going to start their production in the islands?

keliiyama
04-21-2012, 08:42 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's all I gotta say:)

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-21-2012, 09:13 AM
We should all by now heard that big island ukulele is gearing up for made in Hawaii ukuleles headed and trained by a big name luthier..

A brand called Big Island Ukes will now be made in Hawaii???? Well now there's a novel idea!

haolebrownie
04-21-2012, 04:31 PM
Ha ha Don't worry Chuck. I'm sure the Big Islands will be made on Oahu or Maui. Ha ha

I am always glad to hear about more jobs for Hawaii.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-21-2012, 04:42 PM
Ha ha Don't worry Chuck. I'm sure the Big Islands will be made on Oahu or Maui. Ha ha
.

Then maybe they'll be called Maui Ukes or Oahu Ukes.

haolebrownie
04-21-2012, 04:50 PM
I think that would make too much sense. :)

Rick Turner
04-21-2012, 07:49 PM
There are a lot of unemployed people in Hawaii. It would be great to see A) a real effort to replenish the Koa acacia tree range...come on now, should it all be converted to sugar cane and beef? The acacias are among the fastest growing desirable hardwoods... , and B) a lot more Hawaiians making things that aren't just tourist tchachke crap.

And have any of you checked out the relative rates for getting stuff to Hawaii vs. getting stuff from Hawaii?

If you think the US trade deficit with China is something beyond the beyond, you should look into the Hawaii/US mainland trade deficit!

chrimess
04-21-2012, 10:48 PM
It is still Winkler...
A brand called Big Island Ukes will now be made in Hawaii???? Well now there's a novel idea!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-22-2012, 07:17 AM
It is still Winkler...

Yes, and NOT made on the Big Island as the name would imply. BTW, I am not the only builder on the Big Island who has an issue with situations like this. In fact a movement has already begun to distinguish made-on-island ukuleles from ones that aren't.

Nickie
04-22-2012, 07:41 AM
Beef and sugar cane? Fastest way to ruin the islands, I tell you... besides oil wells, that is... how about that acacia plantation? How do we invest?

alanjang
04-22-2012, 08:05 AM
Beef and sugar cane? Fastest way to ruin the islands, I tell you... besides oil wells, that is... how about that acacia plantation? How do we invest?

Here's a place to support koa reforestation:
http://www.legacytrees.org/

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-22-2012, 08:13 AM
You can plant as many koa trees as you want. The cattle and feral pigs will love you for it! Koa seedlings are like gumdrops to them. Before that can be done, the first and most important line of defense is good fencing and maintaining them. That's been the problem all along. It's expensive to build and maintain hundreds of miles of fencing.

hoosierhiver
04-23-2012, 04:47 AM
Indiana's DNR sells native trees for restoration in packs of 100's for cheap, might want to check if Hawaii has a similar thing going on.