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MANDOLELE
12-04-2008, 10:03 AM
Aloha everyone -

I was asked by MGM to respond recently to a Kanile'a owner's thread so in order to accomplish that, I'm now a member of UU. (It's about time... )

In doing so, member Waterguy suggested that I post a hello so here I am...

I'm Bill Griffin, luthier and shop manager at Kanile'a 'Ukulele in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

I'd like to invite anyone - current Kanile'a owner or considering - to address to me any questions (none too small) about our instruments and I'll be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.

Mahalo nui loa from a proud new member -

thejumpingflea
12-04-2008, 10:08 AM
Aloha everyone -

I was asked by MGM to respond recently to a Kanile'a owner's thread so in order to accomplish that, I'm now a member of UU. (It's about time... )

In doing so, member Waterguy suggested that I post a hello so here I am...

I'm Bill Griffin, luthier and shop manager at Kanile'a 'Ukulele in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

I'd like to invite anyone - current Kanile'a owner or concidering - to address to me any questions (none too small) about our instruments and I'll be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.

Mahalo nui loa from a proud new member -

Welcome to UU! I have heard nothing but greatness about your instruments.

Which island is your factory located on?

Lawn Jockey
12-04-2008, 10:20 AM
Welcome Mr. Griffin!!

Can you tell me the story of the Lanikai labelled ukulele's made by Kanile'a?

I've seen several on eBay and I'm considering adding one.

Thanks in advance!!

B!rch
12-04-2008, 10:26 AM
Welcome, I noticed how you were asked to respond to that thread and I'm glad your a new part of the community, like I am. See you on the UU forums. :)

Jimmy
12-04-2008, 10:49 AM
I haven't got a question, but I do want to say Kanile'a ukuleles are fabulous and a warm welcome to the UU.

uluapoundr
12-04-2008, 11:24 AM
Welcome Bill! I don't own a Kanile'a....yet, but have played them, very nice!

haole
12-04-2008, 11:38 AM
Welcome to the UU community! I look forward to taking one of your ukes for a spin, since my arsenal is lacking a tenor and I really, really like to support companies that employ humans. :D

grappler
12-04-2008, 11:47 AM
Welcome Bill.

I hope you enjoy your time on ukulele underground!
We are more than happy that you have visit this site better yet, join the family.

All the best mate

cheers

experimentjon
12-04-2008, 12:06 PM
Just want to say that I love my Kanilea.

A big thank you to you and everyone at the shop for doing an amazing job.

Lanark
12-04-2008, 01:18 PM
Welcome Mr. Griffin!!

Can you tell me the story of the Lanikai labelled ukulele's made by Kanile'a?



I've got an LK concert & more recently an LK soprano (a blemish model) and I'd also like to know more about about them.
When and how long did you guys make them for Hohner and how many were made? When did you change the bracing system, I think mine is likely the older style but I don't know how to tell the difference.

What I do know is that concert is by far the most beautiful sounding ukulele I've ever touched. (I've got to get a proper set up for the soprano, but it's also pretty amazing.)

GX9901
12-04-2008, 03:42 PM
I've got an LK concert & more recently an LK soprano (a blemish model) and I'd also like to know more about about them.
When and how long did you guys make them for Hohner and how many were made? When did you change the bracing system, I think mine is likely the older style but I don't know how to tell the difference.


You can tell the TRU bracing system by looking at the struts just above and below the sound hole on the inside of the soundboard. If it's got a row of holes drilled across it, it's the TRU bracing. Otherwise it's the old bracing.

I once played one of those Lani-le'a (Lanikai-Kanile'a) concerts and it was indeed a fine sounding uke. In fact, I'm not sure how much of a difference most people will be able to tell between the two bracing styles.

wearymicrobe
12-04-2008, 04:31 PM
Bill not a question but a request. Get my 8 string po'kela done, Kristan said it should be on you bench in the next couple days. Tenor 8 string spruce and koa with ebony trimmings. Double rosette.

Also when are the mandolele models coming out I want one, and I think I have a build slot opening up in February.

Lanark
12-05-2008, 02:49 AM
I once played one of those Lani-le'a (Lanikai-Kanile'a) concerts and it was indeed a fine sounding uke. In fact, I'm not sure how much of a difference most people will be able to tell between the two bracing styles.

Hey, I do believe it was in fact my uke you played that one time.:D

menehunenyc
12-05-2008, 03:52 AM
Welcome to UU! I have heard nothing but greatness about your instruments.

Which island is your factory located on?

Kaneohe is on the Island of Oahu, same as Honolulu and Kailua, Waikiki li dat.

Howie1947
12-05-2008, 04:23 AM
Aloha everyone -

I was asked by MGM to respond recently to a Kanile'a owner's thread so in order to accomplish that, I'm now a member of UU. (It's about time... )

In doing so, member Waterguy suggested that I post a hello so here I am...

I'm Bill Griffin, luthier and shop manager at Kanile'a 'Ukulele in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

I'd like to invite anyone - current Kanile'a owner or considering - to address to me any questions (none too small) about our instruments and I'll be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.

Mahalo nui loa from a proud new member -

Welcome aboard! Glad to know you ! Howie

Nuke-ulele
12-05-2008, 07:50 AM
Glad to see you as a member, Bill. I spoke with you on the phone wayyy back when I had a question about my Mango Tenor w/ slanted headstock. You really cracked me up, as I recall. I think this is even a picture of you finishing up my uke on the Kanile'a site (Kristen emailed me when teh new site was up to tell me that my ukulele had made the final cut):

http://kanileaukulele.com/Images/process/final_setup_step4.jpg

experimentjon
12-05-2008, 10:37 AM
http://kanileaukulele.com/Images/process/final_setup_step4.jpg

I must get myself a Kanilea with a headstock like that for college graduation present. That's awesome.

Big Bob
12-05-2008, 02:51 PM
I must say I really love my Kanilea tenor. I will be in Waikiki for easter 2009 .Will be staying for 12 days.I am definately going to Kaneohe .To see personaly how you make these wonderful ukelele. Mahalo

Dominator
12-05-2008, 03:26 PM
Welcome to Ukulele Underground Bill. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and Kristen at SCUFF in October and they told me about the great job you are doing for them.
Cheers,

menehunenyc
12-05-2008, 03:49 PM
Welcome to UU Bill, didn't realize Kanilea Ukulele was in Kaneohe, I was just there in June for a reunion, would've loved to stopped by. Your ukes are stunning!!

nikolo727
12-05-2008, 06:33 PM
Wow, I never thought I'd see the day when a Kanile'a Luthier joined the family. UU really is taking over!

Welcome, Bill!


I am speaking for everyone(who hasnt posted yet) when I say that we are overjoyed at having you join the UU family!

Ive seen a lot of pictures of Kanile'a ukuleles and I am very very impressed with the way they sound and the way they look.(unfortunetely ive never seen a higher quality ukulele than a beat up Lanikai, but thats what you get for living in the middle of the forest in PA lol).

Hopefully I will be a customer of yours in the near future!


Once again welcome and cya later!


nik

Nuke-ulele
12-08-2008, 05:40 AM
I must get myself a Kanilea with a headstock like that for college graduation present. That's awesome.

Thanks, it is a great instrument and truly something unique! Of course, in this economy anything not bolted down is for sale, if you want to get yourself an early grad present! ;)

ke leo
12-08-2008, 05:40 PM
Welcome Bill. I love, luv, heart, <3, :love: ...... my K-1 T SM!!!!!!!

wickedwahine11
12-15-2008, 08:09 AM
Hi Bill...just wanted to say aloha. I have a Kala I just bought last week (my third ukulele in the last couple of weeks). Unfortunately, I'm not happy with any of them. No fault of the Kala. It is just I really wanted a solid koa made in Hawaii and should have saved up my money to buy just that. So the Kala now sits unplayed and I'm desperately trying to make/save enough money to buy the tenor I should have bought from your company in the first place.

How far is Kaneohe from Honolulu? I'd love to see the factory when I visit Oahu next May.

Edit: I now have and love a Kanile'a K2 tenor, and I can't wait to see the factory when I visit Oahu. I emailed Kristen a while back and asked if I could have my Grover gear tuners switched to the silver instead of gold, and she was kind enough to say Kanile'a would do so while I waited/toured the factory. Can't wait to get my baby even prettier than it is now. Thanks for putting out such great instruments. I hope to meet you in May...

Papamonty
03-01-2009, 04:00 PM
Bill,

I noticed on a few Kanile'a ukes that the back seams do not hit centerline with the neck heel; they are slightly off center. Is there a reason for that? I don't see that on my three Ko'olaus or my LoPrinzi. Also, will you be able to build one piece necks in the future? On all the Kanile'as I have seen, except for one, the peghead is two piece. I have also seen some neck heels that are three piece.

Thanks for building such beautiful sounding ukuleles!!

Jon M