- Mar 8, 2008
im going to north shore hawaii in a few weeks and want to buy a new uke.. and i was wondering if anyone knows of any stores/shops i should check out...
Your closest store would be in Wahiawa. Its call Hawaiian Music Supply. The store is run by the sons of John Kitakis who is owner of Ko'olau Ukulele. The have a huge wall of ukes for you to look at and try out.
Are you planning to spend your entire time on the North Shore? Oahu has a number of stores/shops as well as makers like Kanile'a, Kamaka, GString, KoAloha, & Tangi to name a few. There is also Ana Ole Ukuleles, Keli'i, Pahu Kani and Wai'olu but these are pretty much custom ukes. Dan's Guitars and Easy Music Center also have a good selection to choose from. Personally, I try to stay away from the tourist stores in Waikiki, etc. I just go local . . .
yeah, its for a wedding so im going to be there for less than a week (unfortunately), so im not going to be able to go around too much. it would be nice to get a custom uke, but theyre a little much... my spending range is up to around $350.
also i heard that there are a bunch at the swap meets... do you or anyone know how they are? quality and price wise?
thanks for the info.
Hawaiian wedding. Sweet. Anyway, yeah, a week is not much time here. Actually, the name of the shop is Hawaii Music Supply. My bad. With a bank roll of up to $350, you definately be able to find something nice. Swap meet has some good deals. You might also try Tangi....www.tangiukuleles.com. He has some cosmetically challenged ukes that have a great value (the challenged part might be extra glue spilled on the inside, or some kind of visual defect in the wood after finishing, but these things dont affect the playablility. Since you have set a price limit, you just have to decide what size you are looking for (soprano, concert, tenor, baritone) then go with what kind of wood you want. I recently picked up a Kala Concert ukulele for my 11yo son. It was koa-laminate body with a solid cedar spruce top...comes with tuner, book and case for around $240. If you want one of those, you can get them from "musicguymic" on ebay.....he lives on the island in Kaneohe.
Yea, I know what you mean - and just offering some alternatives. One thing you can do is give Mike a call inquiring about ukes as well as payment options. Might be able to work something out. Just an afterthought.
A Pono....good choice. I have a koa pono I picked up from MGM a long time ago and would never think of selling mine. Its a great instrument.
I have one question though.....what is up with the headstock? It kind of look like a dull black paint over the glossy finish....or is that an optical illusion?
Either way, congratulations on finding your instrument. Btw...how did the wedding pefromance go?