O'Kona Ukulele

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Curious if anyone has heard of the O'Kona brand ukulele? Had an opportunity to buy one recently and couldn't find much about them. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Andy Berard - OKona
From Kona, Hawaii, he was a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii and died in 2005

I have one and it is AMAZING. He was very careful about wood choice tuning tops and building. He had a o'kona page with lots of info but it appears to have expired. He gave a lot of technical advice per his engineering background on thickness of different woods to be used etc. My advice if you see one grab it they are very rare. I will try to post some pics of mine soon.
 

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yes thank you yogitom have you any experience with them?

No personal experience, just trying to help!

Andy Berard - OKona
From Kona, Hawaii, he was a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii and died in 2005

I have one and it is AMAZING. He was very careful about wood choice tuning tops and building. He had a o'kona page with lots of info but it appears to have expired. He gave a lot of technical advice per his engineering background on thickness of different woods to be used etc. My advice if you see one grab it they are very rare. I will try to post some pics of mine soon.

Have you tried checking The WayBack Machine? There is probably at least the barebones of the old site archived there. Worth a check, anyway.
 

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Thank you so much for your reply, I appreciate the info! Did you buy yours new? Would love to see a photo of it.
I guessed they were very, very nice from the photos I saw.
 

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Just checked the Wayback Machine and there's no URL, no webpage, thanks for the suggestion though. I couldn't find much about the maker in my own web search since he's passed so I was hoping the UU community might have personal knowledge or own one. :eek:)
 

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Thanks so much Jim! That's the most info I've seen. Do you anyone that owns one of these?
 

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I purchased it used. I have several from smaller makers. This is a outstanding ukulele. Henelele, Hana ukulele and some other jems.
 

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What a lovely ukulele. I've never heard of the brand.

Thanks for sharing the photos Barisaxer. (I hope your flowers recovered from the photo shoot. ;))

Interesting info Jim.