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    Default Oahu Made Local Harvest Beautiful Ukes by Emil Bader of S&J Crafts. Uke Vacation!!!

    MORE PICTURES!!!Hawaiian Ukuleles 013.jpgHawaiian Ukuleles 016.jpg

    My first Uke thread!!

    Aloha everyone!!

    Just back from a two week vacation on the island of Oahu! First week was spent at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, doing the touristy Waikiki Beach, hitting Arnold's tiki bar for cheap Mai Tai's and PBRs on Tap. All you can eat Macadamian/Cococonut/Banana/Blueberry pancakes at the Coffee Shop. Avanti Aloha Shirts for me and one for my boss back on the mainland.

    The second part of the vacation was doing some Glamour camping on a former sugar cane plantation up in North Shore. Beautiful Lani with a luxury tent/King Size bed, out door shower. Complete relaxing vibe up in Waialua.

    In the middle was a stop at Emil Bader's shop of S&J Crafts in the Kalihi Valley to pick up a Super Tenor Mango!! I guess you could plan a vacation around picking up a Uke, especially a real pretty uke form Emil.

    I came across a custom built Koa tenor six -string on Craigs List for a really incredible price one day and ran over in a pouring rainstorm to pick her up. I met the PO at a superstore outside in a sheltered area and was flabbergasted at the quality of the build and his need to unload a number of his musical instruments(Music student). We came to an agreed to price and he kindly offered her to to me at lesser price due to the drive and weather.

    Upon return home I started to find out more about the builder through the underground and the store that carries his product on the North Shore of Oahu. One thing led to another and I was speaking with a soft spoken Hawaiian who loves building ukes for the fun of it. A member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii. Talked about ukes and a possible build of a Super Tenor. Month later planning a trip to Oahu for spring break and Uke heaven. My wife insisted that I bring a uke to play buy the pool and on the Lanai to keep me happy while we waited to go see Emil. I brought a Makai Mango Tenor to have some fun with and show Emil. I am friends with the Owner of Makai based here in San Fran.

    The big day could not get here soon enough and we pick up the rental car and soon I am standing in Emil's little work shop where there are many WIPs Ukes around you. Inventory for the store, custom builds, repairs and even some outrigger paddles he makes!! He is so happy to see my wife and I. He loves to talk about his ukes and the process he goes through in his build. He talked about the issues of Koa restrictions and focusing on more exotic local woods: Milo, Tamarind, Mango, Guave, and others. All hand fabricated, necks done by hand and feel. He has been asked to raise his prices but he is very happy with where he is in his life and spreading the Aloha with his Ukes.

    The Mango tenor is a stunner, with inlay and gold grovers. Great setup by Emil. Let the pictures do the talking.

    But wait remember that Makai? Emil want to see it and then makes me a trade for a Milo concert he had built I think in 2012. Of course I ma giddy to trade for another Hawaiian hand made Uke!! He wants to play with it and maybe dress it up for a relative that is sick.

    We talked about the Big Hawaii players the big 3 K's and how he feels about his ukes in comparison.

    I love his attitude and his happiness in sharing his ukes with the public at a stunning price. Of course I have no financial connection with Emil and there are other here that can vouch for his Ukes and his general happy personality.

    The rest of the vacation was spent up in North shore, snorkeling at waimea bay, shark's cove and having some relaxing time on the farm strumming my Hawaiian Ukes.

    Some Pictures!!
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    Default More Candy! Mango! Milo! Koa!

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    Default I want candy!!

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    Congratulations and welcome to UU! Thanks for the pix....
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    I love my S&J Ukuleles, so happy you got to meet the man, he is a great guy!
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    My Quiver: S & J Craft Milo Tenor "Liliu" six string custom and Milo and Lychee concert by Emil Bader
    Pono PKT-1 Koa Tenor w/MiSi, Lanikai LU-21T - Autographed!, Hikare CU 528 Baritone
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    I'm definitely gonna stop there the next time I go over. I go to Waialua Coffee plantation anyway . . .

    Thanks for the tip! (Does he have a web site>>)

    bobinde
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    Congratulations on your 6 string ,looks very nice...happy strummings
    That was a super trade, holy smokes
    I'm sure if you were in Wailua and sharks cove, you stopped down by the shop that sells in haleiwa
    http://www.yahglobal.com/oahu---hono...interiors.html
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    Hawaiian Ukuleles 024.jpgHawaiian Ukuleles 023.jpgsome more eye candy , back shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Congratulations and welcome to UU! Thanks for the pix....
    Thank you for the welcome!!

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    Thanks Pueo!!

    Emil is such a nice guy and I could spend all day there but we need to move on and we were holding up from a lot of ukes to finish up. Global Creations only had one of his Ukes in stock as they are pre ordered and fly off the shelves. It looked like a Milo concert pineapple.

    Eventhough I ended up with three of his beautiful ukes, now I am jonesing for another!! He was building a Baritone! Special order of course. But maybe I need a super tenor pineapple in something crazy like Guava or Lychee.

    We had a such a great time on Oahu, that I am sure we will be back next year.

    Is there another S&J your thinking about??

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