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Yume
03-18-2013, 08:44 PM
Gonna be in Waikiki for a week for a conference, so I want to get some local (and informed) opinions about friendly uke shops in and around Honolulu... or Oahu in general. I know Waikiki is a tourist mecca and things can get pricey, but it never hurt to ask.

I have a beautiful Kala solid acacia slotted head tenor with worth clear strings, and I'm interested in playing and listening to some of the "exotic," locally hand-made ukes.

;):D:p

hawaii 50
03-18-2013, 08:50 PM
there are 2 Ukulele Pua Pua's in Waikiki..both are very nice the one at the Shearton has some of the more expensive ukes..they are the best shops in Waikiki

but the best uke shop on Oahu is The Ukulele Site(aka HMS) in Haleiwa in the country..about an hour from Waikiki this is the place to see some really nice ukes..

mds725
03-18-2013, 09:20 PM
I agree with Len. If it's at all possible to go to The Ukulele Site (aka Hawaiian Music Supply), then go. The selection is amazing and the people who work there (including MusicGuyMic) are incredibly friendly and helpful. If you're going to stay in the Waikiki area, then there's the already-mentioned Ukulele PuaPua (http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/) and there's also Bob's Ukuleles (http://www.bobsukulele.com/) in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.

When I visited Hawaii in April 2011, I visited shops on Oahu, Kauai and then Oahu again, and I posted about my shopping adventure:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?45154-My-great-ukulele-shopping-adventure

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?45988-My-Great-Ukulele-Hawaiian-Shopping-Adventure-The-Saga-Continues

mm stan
03-18-2013, 10:13 PM
Ukulele pua pua has a great inventory and nice sales people....HMS has a great selection too and all their ukes are set up.....and sound the best they can be...
PLus Mike, Andrew and staff are the nicest guys around.....it is well worth the drive and the shrimp wagon is hard to beat...

consitter
03-18-2013, 10:20 PM
Yeah...HMS is like you've died and gone to ukulele heaven.

coolkayaker1
03-19-2013, 01:35 AM
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?44626-Best-ukulele-shopping-in-Honolulu&highlight=Ukulele+shops+Waikiki

Many past threads on this subject. Have fun in Oahu.

wickedwahine11
03-19-2013, 05:01 AM
One more shout out for Hawaii Music Supply.

In Waikiki, there is also Aloha Ukulele in the Kalia tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The last time I was there, they were having a 10 percent off sale.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-19-2013, 06:09 AM
slightly off the beaten path... what am I saying?, it's the path to Leonard's Bakery(!) on Kapahulu Ave, practically next door to Starbucks is the Good Guys. Mostly Guitars, but a selection of ukes with non-Waikiki pricing :)

Then there's Harry's Music on Waialae Ave next door to McDonalds, at the entry to Palolo Valley - home of Jake! (and Uncle Rod - different generations, same High School, and sport - wrestling :) )

I've only been on the Kanile'a Tour, but Kanile'a, Kamaka, and Koaloha have tours. Contact them for more info.

Free lessons (Beginners', but still fun) Tue thru Fri, 10-11a, Food Court, Royal Hawaiian Center!!

keep uke'in',

hawaii 50
03-19-2013, 06:17 AM
I like the Kanile'a tour the best..Joe Souza gives a great tour.. details on building ukes very interesting and you get to watch many of the luthiers at work..
but the Kamaka tour also very good..you get to learn about the ukuleles history in Hawaii and Kamaka's too..they started building ukes in 1916..wow and you get to tour the factory too
all the uke tours start at 1030

Trinimon
03-19-2013, 06:33 AM
Uke shops in the Waikiki area:

- Ukulele PuaPua (2 locations, one just east of the Moana Surf Rider and one in the Sheraton Waikiki)
- Dan's Guitars (on South Beretania St)
- Bob's Ukuleles (Royal hawaiian Center - customer service is something lacking sometimes)
- Aloha Ukulele (Hilton Hawaiian Village - really nice owner, chatted with him for a bit)
- Skye’s Koa & Ukulele (Outrigger Reef Hotel near the Shorebird restaurant)
- Island Guitars (Ward's Warehouse - selection is mehhh)
- Hawaiian Music Center (up near North Shore in Haleiwa... the MECCA for anything ukuleles and worth the drive/bus)

Be sure to stop by the area near the International Market to catch Troy Fernadez churning out some sweet tunes on his uke.

Have fun!

Gillian
03-19-2013, 07:18 AM
You might be able to pick up a factory second at koAloha in Honolulu, which also conducts tours. IIRC, the seconds are around 30% off.

I got my longneck soprano there. I think the flaw is a tiny bubble the size of a pinhead at the edge of the soundhole and I really had to look for it. I bought it Oct. 2010 for $450.

gyosh
03-19-2013, 07:22 AM
The Ukebox.

No one's mentioned Bruce Shimabokuro's shop. I think they relocated so you might have to look them up.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-19-2013, 07:31 AM
the last time I visited he (Bruce S) was occupying the old PuaPua space in the Pacific Beach Hotel, about 30 or so yards in from the front door on the street level :)

If can, wear a visible UU item - T-shirt, baseball cap, Miss America-style sash(?), sandwich board, etc. so we can identify each other and meet and greet. This is a must-do esp at the mid-July Ukulele Festival, or the Feb Picnic!!

keep uke'in',

laundromatt
03-19-2013, 07:39 AM
The two PuaPua locations are right in Waikiki, so you should check them out. The inventory is slightly different between the two stores, so check out both. One of them, the one under a hotel, had an Eric Devine the last time I went.

If you don't/can't get out to HMS, there's also Island Guitar at Ward Warehouse, and Harry's Music on Waialae (make sure you go to their new location).

Apart from stores, I would check out some factory tours too.

mm stan
03-19-2013, 11:43 AM
Outside waikiki, easy music center, Island guitars, dans, HMS, good guys music, and harrys(not much there) ....

Prius23
03-19-2013, 02:51 PM
Would anyone know whether the cost of purchasing a certain model uke at the factory is the same as the one in any of the stores, say HMS?

hawaii 50
03-19-2013, 03:01 PM
Would anyone know whether the cost of purchasing a certain model uke at the factory is the same as the one in any of the stores, say HMS?



Kamaka,KoAloha and Kanile'a don't really have any ukes for sale at their factory..
like Gillian said you might get a second at KoAloha or if you get lucky you can maybe get a new Kanile'a(but odds not to good)and for sure none for sale at Kamaka..
btw Kamaka and Kanile'a do not sell seconds..

Ko'olau/Pono in Wahiawa has refurbished ones there but only custom Ko'olaus..

and MGM at The Ukulele Site(aka HMS) can save you some money on all the K brands above..I heard him say that the K brands only build about 2,000 ukuleles a month and many go to stores all over the world..

Prius23
03-19-2013, 03:40 PM
Thank you Hawaii 50. Didn't know that. Great info.

808boy
03-19-2013, 04:21 PM
Da Ukulele Site hands down. Da best in Hawaii. Great and friendly staff, full of Aloha Spirit. No can beat dem......

teruterubouzu
03-19-2013, 05:06 PM
This is a silly question, but how do you pronounce Haleiwa?

Trinimon
03-19-2013, 05:25 PM
Ha Lei E Vah if I'm not mistaken. I was told that the letter "W" is pronounced as a "V" if it is it comes after a letter but pronounced as a normal "W" if it is the beginning of a word. I'm sure the 808 folks will correct me. :p

teruterubouzu
03-19-2013, 05:27 PM
Ha Lei E Vah if I'm not mistaken. I was told that "w" is pronounced as a "V" if it is it comes after a letter but pronounced as a normal "w" if it is the beginning of a word. I'm sure the 808 folks will correct me. :p

Thanks. I keep wanting to mangle it into a Japanese pronunciation even though I know it's not right. My Hawaii trip is still in the dream stage, but maybe it will happen next year.

Trinimon
03-19-2013, 05:33 PM
Thanks. I keep wanting to mangle it into a Japanese pronunciation even though I know it's not right. My Hawaii trip is still in the dream stage, but maybe it will happen next year.

Do it! You'll be kicking yourself for not visiting sooner... and you know you won't be able to leave without a new uke in hand too! :)

teruterubouzu
03-19-2013, 05:40 PM
Do it! You'll be kicking yourself for not visiting sooner... and you know you won't be able to leave without a new uke in hand too! :)
A new uke is definitely on the itinerary. Along with some factory tours.

hawaii 50
03-19-2013, 07:08 PM
Thanks. I keep wanting to mangle it into a Japanese pronunciation even though I know it's not right. My Hawaii trip is still in the dream stage, but maybe it will happen next year.


well hope to see you when you visit..good luck you got to get out of the cold weather

migal
03-19-2013, 08:50 PM
No one has mentioned Best Hawaiian Ukulele on the Kalanianaole Hwy at Waimanalo. The sign over the front reads "Hawaiian Nuts and Ukuleles and with a sign like that I just had to have a look. A good selection of ukes (and nuts) at very reasonable prices compared to Waikiki.

Nandy, the owner, also runs a stall at the Aloha Stadium Swapmeet (near Pearl Harbour) on Wed, Sat and Sundays. I bought a lovely K1 Kanilea Tenor from him there last year at a very much lesser price than available in the shops in Waikiki.

Mike

Trinimon
03-20-2013, 02:01 AM
Dang it! We drove around and went to the beach up in Waimanalo last year too! I must've missed that sign but will look that up next time I'm there. Mahalo! :)


No one has mentioned Best Hawaiian Ukulele on the Kalanianaole Hwy at Waimanalo. The sign over the front reads "Hawaiian Nuts and Ukuleles and with a sign like that I just had to have a look. A good selection of ukes (and nuts) at very reasonable prices compared to Waikiki.

Nandy, the owner, also runs a stall at the Aloha Stadium Swapmeet (near Pearl Harbour) on Wed, Sat and Sundays. I bought a lovely K1 Kanilea Tenor from him there last year at a very much lesser price than available in the shops in Waikiki.

Mike

Yume
03-20-2013, 03:02 AM
According to http://www.theukebox.com, the PB store is closed, unfortunately.




The Ukebox.

No one's mentioned Bruce Shimabokuro's shop. I think they relocated so you might have to look them up.

Yume
03-20-2013, 03:04 AM
http://www.forvo.com/search/Haleiwa/



Da Ukulele Site hands down. Da best in Hawaii. Great and friendly staff, full of Aloha Spirit. No can beat dem......

Yume
03-20-2013, 03:14 AM
Just realized that I'm staying with a 1/2 mile radius from Ukulele Puapua, Bob's Uku, Kamaka Hawaii, and Aloha Uku. Sweet. You know what I'll be doing the afternoon I arrive in Honolulu!
Great input all. Mahalo.

I completely forgot about HMS (haha... sounds like Her Majesty's Ship).

teruterubouzu
03-20-2013, 06:14 AM
Nice! Snap some photos.

mm stan
03-20-2013, 07:54 AM
[QUOTE=migal;1218495]No one has mentioned Best Hawaiian Ukulele on the Kalanianaole Hwy at Waimanalo. The sign over the front reads "Hawaiian Nuts and Ukuleles and with a sign like that I just had to have a look. A good selection of ukes (and nuts) at very reasonable prices compared to Waikiki.

Nandy, the owner, also runs a stall at the Aloha Stadium Swapmeet (near Pearl Harbour) on Wed, Sat and Sundays. I bought a lovely K1 Kanilea Tenor from him there last year at a very much lesser price than available in the shops in Waikiki.
Not sure but she might have sold the place...I heard a uke shop being sold in waimanalo..only one that I know of...

mm stan
03-20-2013, 07:56 AM
Thanks. I keep wanting to mangle it into a Japanese pronunciation even though I know it's not right. My Hawaii trip is still in the dream stage, but maybe it will happen next year.

Aloha TeruTerubouzu,
Are you japanese? just wondering??

Pueo
03-20-2013, 08:23 AM
I bought a really nice handmade koa ukulele at Harry's music in Kaimuki on Waialae Ave a couple of years ago. I was just there recently and they have maybe two left from the same luthier (Ukuleles Hawaii by R&L) and they play very nice and are less than half the price of a K brand. Not very many ukes on display though, maybe 6 or 7?
I agree with everyone though, HMS in Haleiwa is the place to go - you can play everything from a dolphin to a Kala to a Ko`olau, Kamaka, KoAloha, all under one roof. Nicest guys in the world too, last time I was there I was jamming with MGM.

Easy Music Center on Young Street, about 1/2 mile inland from Ala Moana, has a whole wall of ukuleles too, but I would rather buy one from the guys at HMS.

teruterubouzu
03-20-2013, 12:48 PM
Aloha TeruTerubouzu,
Are you japanese? just wondering??
Aloha, Stan. Nope, I'm just a sturdy Midwesterner that studied Japanese for awhile. My sister later lived there for a bit so I fell in love with the place. The nickname came from a character on an old Japanese tv show (but I know the nursery rhyme too).