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suburude
01-16-2014, 11:57 AM
50s or 60s Kelii concert koa uke . No cracks ! In good condition a few nicks but has
some checking or crazing ! Great vintage tone ! Come with a hard Tweed case .
$350 + ship and Pay Pal questions ? I am selling because I am getting a Mya Moe Concert Fed x tomorrow ! subueude@comcast.net
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suburude
01-16-2014, 12:00 PM
BTW this uke was made in HI in 50s or 60s ! It still has the Kelii 50s phone number in the sound hole :-)

Nickie
01-16-2014, 12:09 PM
now why would you sell this?

suburude
01-16-2014, 01:47 PM
I am getting a Mya Moe Concert Fed x tomorrow !

lakesideglenn
01-16-2014, 01:51 PM
How did you date this uke? I didn't know Kelii has been around that long...can't find any history on the web.
Any chance of a video or sound sample?

rem50
01-16-2014, 03:24 PM
sounds like a awesome reason to me! Congrats!
I am getting a Mya Moe Concert Fed x tomorrow !

wayfarer75
01-17-2014, 02:46 AM
How did you date this uke? I didn't know Kelii has been around that long...can't find any history on the web.
Any chance of a video or sound sample?

I'm curious too. Maybe it's a different "Kelii" than the one in operation today? Maybe it's not that old? There's a lot of mystery surrounding this brand. I own a Kelii koa concert myself, and I love the uke, but I don't know much about the manufacturer.

suburude
01-17-2014, 07:08 AM
I read something awhile ago when I got this they where a HI company based in Honolulu . Thats all I know . the sticker in side give a phone number and Honolulu HI.
If anyone knows more about this Co. please let us know ? !
BTW I bout it from a vintage guitar shop a year or so ago. The guy who sold it to me said about 50 -60s vintage.

suburude
01-17-2014, 07:10 AM
I'm curious too. Maybe it's a different "Kelii" than the one in operation today? Maybe it's not that old? There's a lot of mystery surrounding this brand. I own a Kelii koa concert myself, and I love the uke, but I don't know much about the manufacturer.

Did you buy this Kelii new ?? Please let me know ! The headstock on this older. ?? Thanks

suburude
01-17-2014, 07:14 AM
How did you date this uke? I didn't know Kelii has been around that long...can't find any history on the web.
Any chance of a video or sound sample?

I was told by the owner of the Vintage guitar shop when I bought it was 50s or 60s vintage and it was made in HI. Check out the sticker in the sound hole .

suburude
01-17-2014, 07:17 AM
Anyone knowing anything about this Vintage uke please let us know !!! Thanks Jim

suburude
01-17-2014, 07:38 AM
I'm curious too. Maybe it's a different "Kelii" than the one in operation today? Maybe it's not that old? There's a lot of mystery surrounding this brand. I own a Kelii koa concert myself, and I love the uke, but I don't know much about the manufacturer.


This uke is Old ! The checking leads me to believe it vintage . I ave owned many vintage Gibson and Martin guitars in the past the nitro finish is the first clue !
Kelii (pronounced "Kay-Li-Ee" I have also goggled the web searching . I have sent out some e mails looking . I f I find info I will post it !!

janeray1940
01-17-2014, 07:39 AM
I know nothing about the uke brand, but based on my history-geek knowledge, I'm going to guess it's more likely to be 1970s. Maybe someone else can confirm this, but I'm pretty sure that Hawaii used 6-digit phone numbers well into the 1960s - a few online (http://ourwebhome.com/TENP/Historical.html) sources (http://midlifecrisishawaii.com/tag/6-digit-phone-number) seem to back this up.

A suggestion: try contacting a librarian at University of Hawaii Manoa (http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/) to ask if they have access to old city directories that have reverse directories, and if they do, they can try looking that phone number up and seeing who it belonged to. (I have no idea if Hawaii's old city directories had the reverse option - here in Los Angeles they did, and I've done some "detective work" this way in the past.)

suburude
01-17-2014, 08:17 AM
I know nothing about the uke brand, but based on my history-geek knowledge, I'm going to guess it's more likely to be 1970s. Maybe someone else can confirm this, but I'm pretty sure that Hawaii used 6-digit phone numbers well into the 1960s - a few online (http://ourwebhome.com/TENP/Historical.html) sources (http://midlifecrisishawaii.com/tag/6-digit-phone-number) seem to back this up.

A suggestion: try contacting a librarian at University of Hawaii Manoa (http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/) to ask if they have access to old city directories that have reverse directories, and if they do, they can try looking that phone number up and seeing who it belonged to. (I have no idea if Hawaii's old city directories had the reverse option - here in Los Angeles they did, and I've done some "detective work" this way in the past.)
Thank you very much for the info ! You could be right on the 70s thing ! The bridge is nothing like the newer Kelii s BTW . I think I will post a pic of the bridge !
Again thanks a lot !!! Jim

suburude
01-17-2014, 08:36 AM
Couple more pics of bridge63059630596306063061 and end off fret board

lakesideglenn
01-17-2014, 09:31 AM
How about a video/ sound sample? Thats what its really all about!

suburude
01-17-2014, 09:43 AM
How about a video/ sound sample? Thats what its really all about!

Sorry cant do that ! I am not equip to do it. Jim

chrimess
01-17-2014, 09:49 AM
The warrior logo on the headstock (which is what Kelii means in Hawaiian) is clearly the same as that of more recent ukes of this brand name.

suburude
01-17-2014, 09:59 AM
Hi all I just talked to this guy below and he went the this page and said this in not the new Kelii ukes he saw the bridge and said this looks older !!
This is a mystery !!! I am standing by my Vintage Kelii concert uke it may be a 70s or a 60s. It is a sweet uke . Again any more info appreciated !
It is also still for sale :-)


Aloha,
Andrew
http://theukulelesite.com
Store (808)622-8000
Cell (808)781-9168

suburude
01-17-2014, 10:04 AM
I have looked and looked ???? The phone number in the sound hole is 7 digit number not used since the 60s ??? Its is vintage even the guy from
http://theukulelesite.com Andrew said it looked old not like new Keliis ???? Jim

suburude
01-17-2014, 10:05 AM
The warrior logo on the headstock (which is what Kelii means in Hawaiian) is clearly the same as that of more recent ukes of this brand name.

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I have looked and looked ???? The phone number in the sound hole is 7 digit number not used since the 60s ??? Its is vintage even the guy from
http://theukulelesite.com Andrew said it looked old not like new Keliis ???? Jim

suburude
01-17-2014, 10:12 AM
The warrior logo on the headstock (which is what Kelii means in Hawaiian) is clearly the same as that of more recent ukes of this brand name.

Check this web site out the logo is not the same as this vingage Kelii ! ??!! Check uot pics all new Keliis They are not the same as this one .

http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/keliiukuleleonline.html

suburude
01-17-2014, 10:15 AM
The bridges are not the same ! The fretboard is not same !! Please look at the photos I posted . Thanks Jim

janeray1940
01-17-2014, 10:22 AM
In this UU post (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?16211-808-Builders), the following info is listed for Keli'i Ukulele:

Keli’i Ukulele
KC Moore
98-722 Kuahao Pl,
Pearl City, HI 96782
(808) 487-8420

Notice that phone number is the EXACT SAME ONE on your label!

So - this does appear to be an early Keli'i uke - although I don't think that company dates back more than 20 years or so.

haolejohn
01-17-2014, 10:55 AM
I think your uke is a unique find. It is a mystery. It could possibly be an original Keli'i or it could be that some one placed the decal into the soundhole of an older vintage uke?

suburude
01-17-2014, 11:32 AM
I think your uke is a unique find. It is a mystery. It could possibly be an original Keli'i or it could be that some one placed the decal into the soundhole of an older vintage uke?

We may never know ? But I feel its real because of the phone number and headstock decal > I think its real !

wayfarer75
01-17-2014, 11:38 AM
The company moved to Aiea from Pearl City, so I would think the number changed too. I'm sure it's a Kelii, but how old? My Kelii was new last year, probably built in 2012. My uke looks different, especially the bridge, but the body shape looks similar. I wish there were more information out there about the manufacturer. I have also been under the impression that they have been around for about 20 years. But I am hardly an expert on the subject.

suburude
01-17-2014, 01:02 PM
In this UU post (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?16211-808-Builders), the following info is listed for Keli'i Ukulele:

Keli’i Ukulele
KC Moore
98-722 Kuahao Pl,
Pearl City, HI 96782
(808) 487-8420

Notice that phone number is the EXACT SAME ONE on your label!

So - this does appear to be an early Keli'i uke - although I don't think that company dates back more than 20 years or so.

Awesome !!!! This the first real info I have gotten ! The number is disconnected !

janeray1940
01-17-2014, 01:29 PM
Awesome !!!! This the first real info I have gotten ! The number is disconnected !

One last idea for trying to track the current Keli'i down - looks like Ukulele PuaPua (http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/keliiukuleleonline.html) in Honolulu stocks their ukes, so they may know how to get in contact with KC Moore. PuaPua's phone number is 808-923-0550 - call them and find out!

mds725
01-17-2014, 01:51 PM
One last idea for trying to track the current Keli'i down - looks like Ukulele PuaPua (http://www.hawaiianukuleleonline.com/hand-made-ukuleles/keliiukuleleonline.html) in Honolulu stocks their ukes, so they may know how to get in contact with KC Moore. PuaPua's phone number is 808-923-0550 - call them and find out!

I was about to suggest the same thing. If you can track down K.C. Moore, or whoever owns Keli'i these days, and email photos of your ukulele to them, someone there might be able to identify approximately when it was built.

chrimess
01-17-2014, 03:13 PM
If MGM(may he rest in peace) was still around, he'd be able to solve this in no time.

wayfarer75
01-17-2014, 05:17 PM
If MGM(may he rest in peace) was still around, he'd be able to solve this in no time.

I was thinking the same thing. I'm certainly interested in solving the mystery!

I did glean some information from the label of my Kelii, if suburude wants to contact them:
email: keliiukuleles@aol.com
address: 98-1277 Kaahumanu Street #450
Aiea, HI 96701

UkerDanno
01-21-2014, 02:49 AM
see the 4th post in this thread from Noela Castro...

http://ukulelehunt.com/buy-ukulele/brands/locals-ukulele/

Spud1$
01-21-2014, 06:05 AM
I sent a pm, thanks

PeteJ79
03-02-2014, 12:08 PM
Hello there- saw this post and wanted to share a bit about my own Kelii ukulele... if interested check it out below:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?93562-Kelii-Ukulele-Late-90-s-Soprano-Story&p=1486190#post1486190

Cheers!

-PeteJ79

peewee
03-02-2014, 02:18 PM
Here's a reference point: a 2001 Kelii I purchased for a friend. Great uke.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?55422-New-Uke-Day-Keli-i-Concert&highlight=kelii