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Information about ukulele makers based ind Hawaii.

- A -

Applause Ukuleles
Applause was established in South Korea in 1982 and they are affiliated with Kaman, the maker of Ovation Instruments. The Applause U.S. Office is located in Bloomfield Connecticut. Applause ukuleles have Kaman's trademark molded plastic back and they retail for approximately $200.

Aria Ukuleles
Aria Ukuleles are made by the Japanese company Aria Guitars. Their United States Web site is AriaUSA.com.

- B -

Bean Sprout Banjo Ukulele

Boat Paddle Ukuleles (paddle shaped ukuleles, New Haven Missouri)

Boxalele (box shaped ukuleles, San Francisco)

Braddah Ukuleles
This line of solida mahogany ukuleles was introduced by Mele in 1995. For more information see "Mele Ukuleles" below.

Brueko Ukuleles (Germany)

Bushman Ukuleles (new Palestine, Indiana)

- C -


Ceniza Ukuleles
  • Brand is C. K. Ceniza
  • Established in 1986
  • Located in the Waianae Mountains
  • 3 sopranos: standard, concert, pineapple
  • Husband and wife team
  • Made by hand
  • $500 to $650

    - D -

    DaSilva Ukulele Company (Michael De Silva, Berkeley, California)

    - E -

    Epiphone (made by Gibson)

    - F -

    Famous Ukuleles (made in Gunma, NW of Tokyo)

    Magic Fluke Company
  • Brands: Fluke, Flea, and Fortune
    Established in 1998 (by Jim Beloff I think)
  • Based in New Hartford Connecticut
  • Retail for about $230 to $290

    - G -

    Gibson (see Epiphone)

    GKU (Greg K. Uyehara of Honolulu)

    Glyph

    Gold Tone

    G-String Ukulele Company
  • Established in 1993
  • Located in Aiea, Hawaii
  • Four full time employees
  • loves to build custom ukes, but builds all
  • Koa bodies, harder wood fretboard $480 to $900 price range

    - H -

    Hawaiian Style Ukuleles
  • Established in 1993
  • Located in Aiea
  • Koa bodies, hard wood fretboards and bridges
  • Loves to build ornate custom ukes but builds all
  • Ornate ukuleles sell for $520 to $720

    Hohner Ukuleles
    Ukuleles made by Hohner are sold under the Lanikai Ukulele brand. See "Lanikai Ukuleles" below.

    - I -

    Island Ukulele (Raymond Rapozo of Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii)

    - J -

    Johnson Ukuleles
  • Plywood body
  • Hardwood fret board
  • Made in China
  • $80 price usually includes a gig bag

    - K -

    K.P. Ukulele
    Ken Potts of Lahaina, Maui. Phone: 808-667-0759

    Kala Ukulele
    Mike Upton, Petaluma, California

    Kalia Ukuleles
  • Are these Kalia ukuleles made/sold by Mele?
  • Established in 1997
  • Located Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
  • Are ukes made in Hawaii or Mexico?
  • One of most affordable made of solid wood
  • Mexican rosewood body
  • hardqwood fret board, bridge, binding
  • $205

    Kamaka Ukuleles
    This company based in downtown Honolulu has been making ukuleles since 1916. Kamaka ukuleles have koa wood bodies, rosewood or ebony fret boards, and mahogany necks. Pearl dots are other upgrades are avaialble. Company is run by the original founder's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Kamaka ukuleles typically retail for $550 to $1350.

    Kanilea Ukulele
    Joseph Souza of Kaneohoe Hawaii

    Kapono Ukuleles
  • Established in 1998
  • Made in Ackland New Zealand
  • by 2nd generation fiddle/violin maker
  • Hawaiian koa boadies
  • hardwood fretboard and bridge
  • soprano standard and Soprano pineapple
  • $360

    Kauwela Ukulele
    (Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii)

    Kawika
    David "Kawika" Hurd of Kona, Hawaii

    Kay
    Newport Beach, California

    Kelii
  • Established in 1996
  • Located in Pearl City, Oahu
  • makes abotu 300 ukuleles a month
  • Koa body
  • hardwood fretboard and bridge
  • $350 to $625 Kepasa (Kevin Crossett of Vermont)

    Kiwaya (Made in Japan, US dealer is in Renton WA)

    KoAloha Ukuleles
  • Models: KoAloha and KoAlana
  • Maker: Alvin Okami of Kalihi, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Established in 1986
  • Entirely made of Hawaiian Koa wood
  • $470 to $650

    Koolau
  • Koolau and Pono Brand
  • Established in 1980
  • Located in Kaneohe or Wahiawa?
  • Long-time guitar repair co now makes high end ukes
  • $2000 to $3500

    - L -

    Lahaina Ukulele Company (no Web site)
    335 Hoohana Street, Suite 70
    Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 96732-2967
    Phone: 808-873-7947

    Lanikai Ukuleles
    Lanikai ukuleles are made by Hohner, a company very well known for its harmonicas.

    Lehua Ukuleles
  • Estabished in 1997
  • Based in Hilo (or San Diego???)
  • Made in Mexico (or Portugal???)
  • Plywood body
  • Hardwood fret board
  • Ukuleles retail for about $360

    Likeke Strings (Rich Smith of Vermont)

    Leonard Young (see Young Ukuleles)

    LoPrinzi, Augustino

    - M -

    Martin Ukuleles
  • Company Name: C. F. Martin
  • Established inf 1833
  • Located in Nazareth PA
  • No longer mass produced
  • A few custom ukes still produced in PA factory
  • Vintage instruments still available
  • Martin Ukulele History

    Maui Music
  • Estabished in 1896
  • Located in Lahaina, Maui
  • Recent Fire burned their factory to the ground
  • Owner's hand severely burned (!)
  • Hawaiian Koa Bodies
  • Arched Rosewood fret board
  • $480 to $610

    Mele Ukuleles
  • Brands: Mele, Braddah, and Hula
  • Established in 1992 by Michael Rock
  • Made partly in Maui and partly in the Philippines
  • Factory is located in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
  • Every size ukulele in koa or mahogany
  • Typical price range: $245 to $480

    Moore Bettah Ukuleles (Chuck Moore, Big Island, Hawaii)

    - N -

    National Ukuleles
  • Established in 1927
  • Located in San Luis Obispo
  • Resonating cone design has unique sound
  • metalic body - O -

    O Kona
    The O Kona ukulele company is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. (Note that their Web site at ukulelesofkona.com is no longer online.)

    - P -

    Palm Tree (John and Pam Ramsey, Colorado Springs)

    Pegasus Guitars Ukuleles

    Peter Howlett Ukuleles (South Wales UK)

    Po Mahimna Ukuleles (made by Dennis Lake on the Big Island)

    Pohaku Ukuleles (made in Berkeley CA by Peter Hurney)

    Pono Ukulele (see Koolau)

    - R -

    Risa Ukuleles (Germany)

    - S -

    Samick

    Shimo Ukuleles (Takahiro Shimo of Japan)

    - T -

    Tangi Ukuleles
  • Established in 1993
  • Located in Honolulu Hawaii
  • Made "overseas" (where?)
  • Koa and Mahogony available
  • Ebony fretboard
  • gig bag included
  • $200 to $650
    (tangiukuleles.net no longer online)

    Tanglewood Ukuleles (United Kingdom)

    Tony Graziano (Santa Cruz, California)

    - U -

    Uke Brand (Hill Guitar of Felton, California)

    - Y -

    Young U&kuleles Leonard Young died October 9, 2007

    Others:
  • Carlos Ukuleles (made in New Zealand)
  • EleUkes (made in Korea) Fujii
  • Honu Ukuleles
  • Hamano Ukuleles
  • Harley Benton Ukuleles
  • Keilani Ukuleles
  • Kelii Ukuleles
  • Mahalo Ukuleles
  • Mario Maccaferri
  • Maui Music
  • Maxtone Ukuleles
  • Nakanishi Ukuleles (1958-2006, nakanishi-ukulele.com is gone))
  • National Stribng Instrument Corporation Ukuleles
  • Ohana Ukuleles
  • Oscar Schmidt Company Ukuleles (built by Applause in Asia)
  • Ovation Guitar Company Ukulel3es
  • Stagg Ukuleles
  • Tension Ukuleles
  • TT (Tadashi Oguma of Hilo)
  • (ttukuleles.com web site is gone)
  • Vineyard
  • Yahama Ukuleles
    EARLIEST UKULELE MAKERS
  • Augusto Dias
  • Jonah Kumalae
  • Manuel Nunes and Sons - one son was Leonardo nunes

    See also:
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