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    So I am planning a Hawaii vacation for May, but I am worried about bringing my uke. I'll have a carry on bag, plus my uke in a gig bag. Do most airlines allow you to bring both?

    Also, I plan on visiting the Ukulele Site, Koaloha and Kanilea. Are there any other fun ukulele places to visit on Oahu?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle23 View Post
    So I am planning a Hawaii vacation for May, but I am worried about bringing my uke. I'll have a carry on bag, plus my uke in a gig bag. Do most airlines allow you to bring both?

    Also, I plan on visiting the Ukulele Site, Koaloha and Kanilea. Are there any other fun ukulele places to visit on Oahu?
    You get 1 carry-on and one personal item. I've used a smallish backpack and a concert uke with no questions asked.
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    But if you don't take one it frees you up when you visit the Ukulele Site, Koaloha and Kanilea.
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    I didn't need even half a second to come up with an answer. I would never bring a ukulele to Hawaii. It's like that old expression, "Coals to Newcastle."

    There are ukulele stores and builders all over the Hawaiian islands. Wouldn't it be nice to come home with a ukulele that you bought in Hawaii? You can buy a good one and have it shipped home. For playing there, you can buy a small, less expensive "utility uke." You could also bring a Waterman or Outdoor soprano. Be sure to arrange a tour with one of the makers.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    The question should be "When bringing a new uke home from Hawaii..."

    Honestly, check with the airline. They all have slightly different rules about what they consider a "carry on".

    I would add the Kamaka factory tour to your list. Check their website for dates and time. I took the tour last year and thought it was great. I don't know how it compares to the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PereBourik View Post
    But if you don't take one it frees you up when you visit the Ukulele Site, Koaloha and Kanilea.
    This is the best advice ever!
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    Just to let you know you may not be so lucky to buy a kamaka at any of the store or even less chance at kamaka factory
    As soon as they are built they are sold to various shops around the world !
    Ukulele site also can’t sell you a uke that requires full set up while you are there. You are limited to only what you see on display and the chance is they have been played by many tourists like yourself.

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    I agree that it would make a lot of sense to buy a uke, even a cheap beater, on island and bring it home. I'm surprised by SoloRule's statement as I found at least a few Kamakas at a few different stores when I was on Oahu in 2016. Their factory tour was really great although that was the only one I visited.

    I had no problems coming home from Oahu or Maui with my carry on (small backpack that easily fits under a seat or overhead) and a new uke.

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    You shouldn't have a problem on a US flight. US DOT rules require US airlines to allow musical instruments as carry-on so long as they fit when you get on board. It doesn't have to meet the carry-on size so long as it fits in the overhead. So long as you're not on a small plane before the big flight that shouldn't be a problem.

    https://www.transportation.gov/brief...travel-musical

    I frequently carry a baritone-uke-sized guitar on US carriers and have never had a problem from the airlines. I have gotten questions and fun conversations from fellow travelers.

    Issues:
    • Make sure that you get on early. If there's no space left there's no space left and you'll have to check it. It can be worth upgrading to a seat that gives you pre-boarding if you don't have status to get that automatically (or travel with somebody who needs help, though it would have been cheaper and easier to upgrade the ticket than to have my wife bust up her knee just before the last trip.
    • Put the instrument in a hard case if you have one. It's hard to see a small instrument case in the overhead, especially for short people, and I've had several try to shove their rolly bags on top of my gig-bag.
    • Ask the flight attendants if they'd like the instrument in the 1st class coat closet so it takes less space. I'm about 50-50 on getting it into the closet and 100% on the flight attendants being helpful and friendly.
    • Put the instrument in the overhead on the opposite side of the aisle as you're on. It's easier to keep an eye on it when others are loading.
    • Look for other instruments to share space with. Several guitars can safely share the same bin, but be careful if it's not by your seat. I stowed mine with somebody else's a few rows in front of my seat, and then ended up exiting from the back. Good-natured passengers helped hand it back to me.
    • Don't be an asshole. This should go without saying. Flight attendants are much more likely to help if you're nice and respectful.


    As for getting a new ukulele home if^H^Hwhen you buy, prepare your travel partners not to overpack and to carry it home for you if you buy one, or budget to have it shipped. If you're looking at expensive ukuleles you don't want to be forced to buy something immediately because you didn't bring one along, and I wouldn't want to play one that I could afford to throw away (YMMV).

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    Thanks guys... but let me say, you guys are a bad influence lol. I will probably end up buying a uke in Hawaii -_-
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