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    You really need to check the airline you are flying. Airlines have different policies. United allows a carry on, a personal item, PLUS a musical instrument. Some consider it your personal item or carry on. Some make you buy a seat if it exceeds carry on sizes.

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    I actually read that rule and they don't require it be allowed regardless of size if it exceeds airline size guidelines, it requires they accept the instrument as long as it doesn't exceed size specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestyShane View Post
    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.
    I must be there at the wrong time. I have seen people asking for kamaka at several shops along Waikiki such as the one at Sheraton, inside Hyatt . Same answer no inventory. Same with HMS in the north shore. Went to kamaka factory , we were told you can place an order but nothing in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle23 View Post
    Thanks guys... but let me say, you guys are a bad influence lol. I will probably end up buying a uke in Hawaii -_-
    I hope to someday visit Hawaii and purchase a Hawaiian-built 'ukulele. It doesn't matter to me if I have it shipped back, but I'd like to pick it out while I'm there.

    It does matter to me that it be made in Hawaii. I don't see any point in bringing home an 'ukulele imported to Hawaii. I already own several imported 'ukuleles purchased from other sources. Travel to Hawaii will cost me too much to come home with an import I can purchase elsewhere. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestyShane View Post
    I agree that it would make a lot of sense to buy a uke, even a cheap beater, on island and bring it home.
    When I visited the Big Island in 2002, I bought a cheap uke at an ABC store. That's a "genuine Hawaiian ukulele" , and I'll never get rid of it. It was my first ukulele, and it got me started on this adventure.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    I visited Oahu in November and the Kamaka and Koaloha tours can de done on the same day Kamaka in the morning KoAloha in the afternoon as they are a short bus ride from each other and time enough for lunch in between. And yes indeed not all Hawaiian stores (I visited 13 stores there last year on three islands) have new Kamaka stock. But the two I visited in Waikiki - Bob's Ukulele in the Royal Hawaiian Centre, and The Ukulele Store in Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers had several models of all sizes. I ended up buying an old beat up Lili'u at Bob's. The number of ukes from luthiers that I have never heard of in these stores was impressive. I did not get around to visiting Kanilea, but their ukes are also fairly common in stores throughout the islands.

    Oh and taking the uke in an old case as carry-on was no problem at all with WestJet, though I was worried a lot.

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    I brought a ukulele back from Hawaii this past fall. I bought it at the Ukulele Site (fantastic place!). I flew United Airlines. When I got on the flight from Honolulu and again on my connecting flight I carried my tenor uke in a soft gig bag as one of my carry on items (a backpack being the other). I had a window seat on both flights and I was able to put the uke on the ground between me and the wall without problem. No one gave me any trouble about it.

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    Hi merlin66

    When you say “old beat up” at bob’s does that mean secondhand? I also have a trip to Hawaii in my five year plan but I was planning by on buying from hms and have them set up and ship; I just wanna strum before I buy to make the optimal choice. But if the stores have second hand that opens up way more choices

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    Hawaii is not a good place to carry uku on.

    Last edited by zztush; 01-31-2019 at 08:35 PM.
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    I already have many great ukuleles. I don't need another one. The trip to Hawaii is enough for me, I don't need to have an extra "but i got this uke there!". I'd be happy bringing my favorite Hawaiian made uke back to Hawaii and playing it there and then coming back home with it.
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