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    Aolani means cloud from heaven. Kind of a strangle moniker for an 'ukulele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wqking View Post
    I heard that some Chinese factories pretend to be American brand (they just need to register a company in the US, that's pretty simple.).
    Lanikai pretends to be Hawaiian this way. Their Hawaiian "facility" is just a teeny import office on the pier.
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    It seems that tenors are far more common from custom shops. Some will make other sizes, but many only do tenors because that's where the demand is.

    Mainland Ukes has done this for years. Have ukes made to their specifications and then have the final fittings and details done in the USA. They also sell ukes made and completed in China as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelrie View Post
    Lanikai pretends to be Hawaiian this way. Their Hawaiian "facility" is just a teeny import office on the pier.
    I know there is a Lanikai neighborhood in Honolulu, but I had no idea that Lanikai Ukulele was ever located there. The "contact us" address on the Lanikai Ukulele website is in Tennessee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    It seems that tenors are far more common from custom shops. Some will make other sizes, but many only do tenors because that's where the demand is.
    Yup, this certainly seems to be true and is probably the reason why I have yet to find that special uke for myself. I can't recall any other brand aside from KoAloha whose custom shop really even does concerts. I think Ko'olau does as well but those seem to be really rare as I mostly see tenors from them. One day I'll have to hunt down a spruce top KoAloha red label and be done with buying ukes ever again (yeah right...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    I know there is a Lanikai neighborhood in Honolulu, but I had no idea that Lanikai Ukulele was ever located there. The "contact us" address on the Lanikai Ukulele website is in Tennessee.
    Interesting, it's not on my google map anymore either for Honolulu. Maybe they closed it during the pandemic, or decided the rent wasn't worth it because nobody was fooled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelrie View Post
    Interesting, it's not on my google map anymore either for Honolulu. Maybe they closed it during the pandemic, or decided the rent wasn't worth it because nobody was fooled.
    Lanikai is a small town famous for its fine grained sand beach near the larger town of Kailua on the island of Oahu. The ukulele brand is owned by the German Hohner company and ukes are made in China by various mass producers.
    Last edited by merlin666; 05-14-2021 at 09:20 AM.

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    Looking forward to hearing additional sound samples. He's hitting those strings hard so I couldn't tell much about sound quality. Treated them more like beater ukes. He's definitely a high energy guy.

    I've always liked the looks of Cornerstone Ukuleles, so the general design is pleasing and not overdone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Yup, this certainly seems to be true and is probably the reason why I have yet to find that special uke for myself. I can't recall any other brand aside from KoAloha whose custom shop really even does concerts. I think Ko'olau does as well but those seem to be really rare as I mostly see tenors from them. One day I'll have to hunt down a spruce top KoAloha red label and be done with buying ukes ever again (yeah right...).
    The hunt is over:

    https://ukulelestorehawaii.com/index...label-concert/

    I would also consider contacting KoAloha directly as their recent red labels for their 25th anny cost less than this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Lanikai is a small town famous for its fine grained sand beach near the larger town of Kailua on the island of Oahu. The ukulele brand is owned by the German Hohner company and ukes are made in China by various mass producers.
    Yes, I know. I live on Oahu. But until recently, Lanikai Ukuleles claimed to be a Hawaiian company, and their sole reason for being able to claim that was they rented a 10x15 import office on the docks. If you need proof it was there at one time, go watch a Baz review of a Lanikai ukulele. He mentions it.

    I'm only mentioning them because I was agreeing with a previous poster that a number of companies who make their ukuleles in China will do some tiny little thing to the uke somewhere in America and then claim it's an American ukulele.
    Last edited by Kaelrie; 05-14-2021 at 09:55 AM.
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