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Sylvan
08-30-2013, 01:43 PM
I am researching ukes and from what I have read, Koalana made some nice ukes. Does anyone sell these anymore? Does Koalana still produce ukes?

PereBourik
08-30-2013, 01:53 PM
I am researching ukes and from what I have read, Koalana made some nice ukes. Does anyone sell these anymore? Does Koalana still produce ukes?

KoAlana is the import brand of KoAloha. I have a KoAlana concert from last year's run. KoAloha is working hard to get this brand right. I love mine. My favorite uke. Don't get put off by the KoAloha website. Their pix haven't been updated in a few years. Everything on there pertaining to KoAlana is out of date.

KoAloha set up a factory in Thailand using machines to duplicate those of the KoAloha shop in Honolulu. It is a work in progress. but if they get it completely straightened out the result will be wonderful.

Sylvan
08-30-2013, 03:05 PM
Thanks for the update. I guess we'll all just have to patiently wait until they reappear. Hopefully when that happens they will have perfected their uke makin process!

PanderingMonk
08-30-2013, 08:11 PM
I am researching ukes and from what I have read, Koalana made some nice ukes. Does anyone sell these anymore? Does Koalana still produce ukes?

The Koalana model that was released last year had some problems, as the wood was made in humid conditions and the wood was separating/cracking in dry conditions. From what I have heard, they have adjusted their assembly process to fix the problem and are going to be releasing an "Opio" line under the Koalana name in the near future.

tangimango
08-30-2013, 10:25 PM
yes they still exist. you will have to wait till the new batch is made and sent to Koaloha but it will come

PhilUSAFRet
08-31-2013, 03:46 AM
I hope they do the concert neck soprano pineapple

coolkayaker1
08-31-2013, 04:01 AM
Pippin's thread with issue 30 of his uke magazine has an interview with Paul Okami and it discusses KoAlana and the issues they've had with humid climate build and then import to dry USA. ( they don't say the issues, but those of us on UU know them from 2012 threads re lifting woods, etc.). They are on hold now, but being tweaked. Pippin's thread is frm last week with the link

Wait here. Click issue 30

http://www.tricornpublications.com/uke_player.htm

hoosierhiver
08-31-2013, 05:04 AM
Baan Ukuleles (http://http://baanukulele.com/online_stores_category.htm?brand_id=58) in Thailand sells them. I believe they own the factory that makes KoAlana.

Not true, I know the guy. He's got a small workshop in N Thailand.

JonThysell
08-31-2013, 05:21 AM
I looked a long time at KoAlana before going with a straight-up KoAloha. But I can see rounding out my stable with a KoAlana or two.

UkerDanno
08-31-2013, 05:26 AM
http://www.theukulelesite.com/koalana-concert-ukulele-package.html

HMS had them, maybe will again when they make more?

Dan Uke
08-31-2013, 05:51 AM
I know when I spoke with Pat Okami last time, she said they would probably be released with under Koaloha something. Price will be higher as they are really well made.

ukegirl
08-31-2013, 01:06 PM
Was just wondering the same thing. Look forward to thier reintroduction.