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Luthiers & Builders: Hawaii, USA

There are a lot of great luthiers and builders across the USA. Here are the ones LearningUkulele.com has come across in the Hawaii.

Anahola Stringed Instruments

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Michael Sussman, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Master Folk Artist Tradition Bearer, has been building and restoring stringed instruments on the island of Kauai, Hawaii for 40 years. Honoring tradition these ukulele`, guitars and violins are built for today. These seductive custom made Hawaiian Koa instruments possess piercing highs, a big warm midrange and a growl in the bass. With unending sustain, the sound of the Hawaiian Koa can only be described as primal as the rain forest they are born of.

More information available on the Anahola Stringed Instruments's web site.

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Bear Creek Guitars

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In Hawaii, the Ukulele is an important part of the history and culture. It is the instrument that many Hawaiian school children learn, and continue to play throughout their lives. Bear Creek Ukuleles are precisely made, with sturdy but light construction, and fine detail. These are not miniature guitars. Every facet of the instrument is scaled down to the thicknesses and dimensions of the originals, creating a sound that is sweet, punchy and responsive. They’re made with Hawaiian Koa: either highly figured or straight grain Koa is available.

More information available on the Bear Creek Guitars's web site.

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Big Island Ukulele Co

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<img class="float-left" src="/images/logos/H/logo-HonuUkulele.png" alt="logo-HonuUkulele.png" width="61" height="68" />The company was started to fill a need in the market for reasonably-priced, very high quality solid koa ukuleles. Having roots deep in Hawaii in the forestry industry supplying Hawaiian koa to ukulele makers around the world, we felt we could capitalize on our ability to supply high quality koa at an affordable cost for our own line of instruments. Decades of experience in the wood industry working with some of the finest luthiers in the world gave us a special insight into and access to one of the most important parts of an instrument- the wood! You cannot ever build an excellent instrument if you don&rsquo;t start with excellent wood.

This is where our main competitive advantage lies- we are our own source of koa and other local Hawaiian tonewoods. From harvesting the tree to distributing our own instruments- we leave out all the typical middlemen and offer those savings directly to the customer without sacrificing quality! All of our koa is harvested from the Big Island of Hawaii in a manner consistent with best management practices and abiding by the Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC) standards.

More information available on the Big Island Ukulele Co's web site.

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Blue Maui Ukulele

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John (Colly) Norman was born in the late 40&rsquo;s and grew up in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. &ldquo;When I was 18, hanging around as a teenager in Miami, I had a friend named Skip Ruck whose brother was always in their parents&rsquo; garage building guitars. Though I never met the brother, the idea of building a musical instrument intrigued me throughout the next thirty five years of construction, custom woodworking, aviation, and other creative endeavors.&rdquo;

More information available on the Blue Maui Ukulele's web site.

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DeVine Guitars & Ukuleles

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** DeVine Guitars & Ukuleles** have become known as some of the best handmade ukuleles in the world. From the beautiful curly koa they are made of, to the extremely smooth playability, DeVine ukuleles are truly musical works of art.

DeVine Guitars & Ukuleles has called Hawaii home since 1997. We draw a lot of inspiration from our home in the islands. The culture and building materials here in Hawaii are very conducive to instrument building and have been the foundation of DeVine Guitars & Ukuleles.

More information available on the DeVine Guitars & Ukuleles's web site.

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GKU Ukuleles

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GString Ukulele Co

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Located in Halawa Valley, on the island of Oahu, GString Ukuleles continues to build instruments at a high degree of excellence at a competitive price. Our technicians take great pride in their work and endure intensive training in all aspects of the building process.

More information available on the GString Ukulele Co's web site.

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Grimes Guitars

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Steve Grimes has built Archtop and Double Sound hole Flatop guitars for some of the top players in the world. He specializes in custom tailoring his guitars to suit the tonal, aesthetic, and playability requirements of his customers.

Music and woodworking are two very different types of &ldquo;performing&rdquo; arts. Being both a woodworker and a working musician in 1972, I found myself fascinated by the prospect of combining these two professions. After studying with a violin maker and working in the instrument repair trade, I set up my own shop in Seattle, Washington, USA and began making arch top mandolins. For the first two years I made mandolins exclusively, subsidizing my new venture by doing repairs on all types of string instruments. When I was able to increase production of new instruments and get them into the hands of some good players, I was finally able to devote myself fully to building new instruments.

More information available on the Grimes Guitars's web site.

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Hana Lima `Ia

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We are a school for the teaching of Ukulele making to those who have both the interest and desire to build handmade &lsquo;ukuleles.

While learning how to build a ukulele, Hana Lima&lsquo;s purpose is to give you a true awareness and understanding of the procedures and phases involved in ukulele making. Students will construct their own ukulele with step-by-step instruction in a complete workshop environment. Hana Lima &lsquo;Ia is a gathering place for the exchange of ideas and the teaching of methods to promote the art and craftsmanship of ukulele building.... island style.

More information available on the Hana Lima `Ia's web site.

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Hana Ukulele Co

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Heaukulani Ukulele, Dave Heaukulani

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ukulele - build it and play it. "Uncle" Dave of Hilo Hawaii builds custom ukulele and guitars, plays the ukulele [as well as guitar, banjo, string bass, steel guitar, fiddle, and maybe anything with strings once he fiddles with it]. He gives classes on playing the ukulele, writes books, composes music, and shares the aloha of Hawaii.

As a luthier and member of the Guild of American Luthiers he will inspect your stringed instrument for free and give an estimate for any repairs needed. Pick-up installations done as well.

More information available on the Heaukulani Ukulele, Dave Heaukulani's web site.

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Hummingbird Ukuleles

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When I first came to Kauai many years ago I wanted to continue my Classical Guitar lessons and learn to play the beautiful Hawaiian Slack Key music. I had an old classical guitar that I had bought in Germany in 1964 that was made of East German Maple with a spruce top. It had a strong mid range for chamber music. It had traveled the world with me and been through at least four hurricanes so needless to say it was in need of serious repair.

<div class="boxphotos"> Because of the sentimental value attached to it I was very reluctant to let anyone attempt to fix it. So it sat for many years in need of serious fixing. While looking for a person to repair it I met a elderly retired luthier from Arkansas whose specialty was building Classical Guitars in the tradition of Herman Houser and Ramirez. He encouraged me to learn to fix it myself and became my mentor. Through the years he has literally guided me by the hand and basically encouraged me to just do it. I began by reading everything I could find on string instrument repair and&nbsp; putting what I learned to use by doing minor repairs to guitars. &nbsp; </div>

More information available on the Hummingbird Ukuleles's web site.

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Island Ukulele of Kauai

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&ldquo;Growing up here on Kauai, Hawaii I have 20 years of experience selecting the best wood and custom instrument production. This has given me the opportunity to work with top performers and to perfect the instruments for entertainment and for the serious ukulele collector. I know you&rsquo;ll enjoy all my uke&rsquo;s and guitars which will become heirlooms that you can pass down to your kids. Please call us if you have any kine of question.&rdquo; -- Raymond Rapozo, Island Ukulele

More information available on the Island Ukulele of Kauai's web site.

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KP Ukuleles

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Ken Potts has a DVD Building the Hawaiian Ukulele...

More information available on the KP Ukuleles's web site.

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Kaka'ako Instruments

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The inspiration came from the Hawaiian Lap Steel. The bluesy, sweet melodious sound that can only be felt here in Hawai'i. We started building Authentic Hawaiian Lap Steel's & Ukulele's right here in Kaka'ako (Honolulu) and we are now part of a greater movement to bring forth the acoustic square neck design that requires no electricity or amp. Otherwise known as a Weissenborn Style guitar, it is an instrument that becomes so inspiring and personal, you will never let it go. Just like the Ukulele, you will find the same satisfaction, with an unlimited amount of potential.

We now offer high quality handcrafted instruments at an affordable cost. All instruments are specially designed & handled by the company's own Luthier's Mark Iseman and Matthew Nigro, also owner's of Iseman Guitars and Instruments in Honolulu.

All instruments are assembled overseas by our master luthiers. They are then shipped to our shop in Honolulu where we finish the process. Your Ukulele and Lap Steel guitar will be fully set up, intonated, fret filed and specially handled by us. You will get a professional sounding instrument and a beautifully handcrafted instrument that will captivate any audience.

More information available on the Kaka'ako Instruments's web site.

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Kamaka Ukuleles

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Since 1916, Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. has prided itself on producing only ukuleles of the finest quality -- durable, exquisite instruments that improve with age. Like the ukuleles, the company itself continues to withstand the test of time. The company's longevity shows its commitment to both customer and employee alike, and reflects other important values as well.

The producers of a documentary entitled"Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka `Ukulele", describes the Kamaka history this way: "Theirs is a story of hard work, fortitude, honesty and creativity as seen through a distinctly Hawaiian point of view, rooted in such concepts as Aloha (unconditional love), Malama (to serve and care for), and Pono (doing what's right)."

More information available on the Kamaka Ukuleles's web site.

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Kamoa Ukulele

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Kamoa&trade; Ukulele Company&nbsp;is dedicated to building high quality bell tone instruments. Our &ldquo;One player at a time&rdquo; philosophy is the basis for the countless experiences that will resonate with you for years to come through the lifelong enjoyment of music on your Kamoa&trade; ukulele. From Exceptional student models priced around $100 up to divine custom masterpieces, we have a tailored Kamoa&trade; experience ready for you whether you are a true beginner or ukulele master.

Kamoa ukuleles are being played by Directors of Opera and Philharmonic Orchestras, Concert Violinists, Pianists, Flutists, the Grammy&reg; Recording Academy, Hollywood Filmmakers, Former Heads of State, and many thousands of satisfied musicians from Punk to Polka, Appalachian Bluegrass to Gypsy Jazz. We have customers in over 20 countries and welcome you to our Global Ukulele O&rsquo;hana.

More information available on the Kamoa Ukulele's web site.

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Kanilea Ukulele

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We specialize in standard to professional grade musical instruments. Each ukulele is finely hand crafted using the highest grade, well-seasoned wood and scaled to produce a perfect intonation. These instruments are meticulously built by skilled craftsmen, under the guidance of Master Luthier, Joseph Souza. Our state of the art, humidity controlled facilities in Kaneohe, Hawaii allows Kanile&lsquo;a &lsquo;Ukulele balance &ldquo;Traditions and Technologies&rdquo;. Every &lsquo;ukulele comes with a 100% customer satisfaction, money back guarantee and our industry leading limited lifetime warranty.

Joe and Kristen were both born and raised in Kailua on the island of O&lsquo;ahu. Joe is the youngest of eight, and Kristen is an only child. Kristen&rsquo;s background is in customer sales and accounting. For Joe, the &lsquo;ukulele has always been part of his life. He can recall, from a very young age, going to family parties and everyone sitting in a circle and jamming Hawaiian music on their &lsquo;ukuleles and guitars. &rdquo;In elementary school is when I first got exposed to the &lsquo;ukulele. It was a requirement for music. Hawaiian language class in High school is when I really started showing serious interest in the &lsquo;ukulele, although, it wasn&rsquo;t until after I graduated that the &lsquo;ukulele started to influence my life.&rdquo;

More information available on the Kanilea Ukulele's web site.

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Ukuleles By Kawika, Inc.

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David Hurd, who majored in chemistry, became an oceanographer in part on a whim. His senior year, he saw his first surf movie &#8212; Bruce Brown’s Surfing Hollow Days &#8212; in McGregory, he recalls. Then he saw an ad for the brand-new department of oceanography at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Still sniffling from his umpteenth bout with the flu and nasty colds, he thought, &#8220;There is a better life. Aloha to Chenango Valley.

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Please note that David Hurd have retired from active ukulele making and are no longer taking orders or doing repairs. David&#8217;s web site is a wealth of ukulele information.

More information available on the Ukuleles By Kawika, Inc.'s web site.

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Ukulele's of Kealia Enterprises

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Keilani by Kelii

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Keokia's Custom Ukulele's

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Ko Aloha Ukulele

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KoAloha is proud to be regarded and recognized as one of the premier ukulele builders in Hawaii. Founder, Alvin S. Okami, has been called by many a modern day &ldquo;Renaissance Man.&rdquo; He is an inventor, an innovator, a composer/arranger, a singer, an accomplished oboist, an industrial designer, graphic designer, and overall brilliant conceptual and spontaneous idea man.

His musical background has provided him with all the necessary experiences to enable him to design and create an ukulele of unsurpassed quality. From the very beginning, he has been obsessed with the pursuit of producing the finest ukulele available in the market today. As a musician and craftsman, he would accept nothing less than handcrafting the most beautiful and best sounding instrument.

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Ko`olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

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Ko'olau Guitars and 'Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko'olau Mountains.

<img class="float-left img-thumbnail w-48 mr-2 " src="/images/CS-Tenor.png" alt= "CS Tenor">For many years Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele has been building some of the finest quality ukes money can buy, allowing the customer to pick from many woods and decorative options. The company was founded and is still run by John Kitakis, whose career began as a furniture maker. He moved from the mainland US to Hawaii forty years ago, then for a period of time went back to the mainland doing warranty repair work for Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Guild and other guitar manufacturers, and in between built custom guitars and mandolins. Eventually he, his wife and children returned to Oahu to begin Ko'olau Guitar & Ukulele Company. All of John's children worked in the family business, from sorting screws to sweeping floors. His oldest son, Noa eventually chose to pursue stringed instrument making, and now manages all Ko'olau production. His youngest son, Andrew also joined the family doing repairs and assisting in Ko'olau construction and finishing, but eventually established his own retail guitar and 'ukulele business.

In the mid 90's John, Noa, and Andrew moved back to Hawaii and started Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele. They had already repaired and refinished thousands of high end stringed instruments. And on a custom basis, built acoustic guitars. They knew what works, and now was the time to change the entire scene of `ukulele making. High end 'ukuleles, up to the early 90's were unknown, still not appreciated as a professional stringed instrument.

But the performers were there, and Ko'olau soon became known as the 'high' end ukulele. Finally the ukulele was respected, not as just a fun 'toy' but instead earning it's place in the world of professional music. Early on, the real 'old timers' like Lyle Ritz, Benny Chong, Led Kaapana, Ned Kaapana, Ernie Cruz, Chino Montero, Kimo Hussey, Mike Keale, Roy Sakuma, and Tracey Terada bought Kola's and were exposing others to the quality coming from the foothills of the Ko'olau mountains. In time the new and upcoming `ukulele masters, such as Abe Lagrimas, Craig Brandau, and Paul Hemmings discovered Ko'olau. And so, the beginning of a legend.

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Lehua Ukuleles

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We manufacture four sizes of instruments: standard or soprano, long neck soprano, concert and tenor. All our instruments are made in Portugal from beautiful Australian Blackwood, botanical name Acacia Melanoxylon, with very similar tonal and appearance characteristics to Koa Acacia, a close relative, the material of choice for Hawaiian ukuleles. All our ukes are solid wood, no laminates or plastic anywhere.

They are manufactured exclusively in Portugal. Our necks are made from seasoned mahogany, for strength, and have a rosewood or wenge fretboard with accurate fret placement. The bridges are also rosewood or wenge, depending on availability. Both wenge and rosewood are very attractive hardwoods that make excellent fretboards and bridges. We use only high quality gold plated tuners which hold their tune very well. All instruments have a great looking durable matte finish. They are all strung with the traditional style of black nylon strings.

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Lymana Ukuleles

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MS Ukuleles

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My journey in ukulele building started with classes from a local Kona luthier, the late, much respected, Andy Berard. The original class was to build only a single ukulele for myself, but I found I enjoyed building them so much I kept going and soon needed to start selling them or buy a bigger house. Over the years I have evolved my own techniques but the emphasis on quality and willingness to experiment is directly descended from Andy&rsquo;s philosophy of building.

Basically I build every part of the instrument myself except the strings, tuners, fret wire and pegs if I use them. None of my ukuleles are the same, for instance I hand shape the necks with draw knives and spoke shaves until it feels right, if I can free hand it, that&rsquo;s how I&rsquo;ll do it. I prefer feel to copying.

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Maui Music Ukuleles

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Maui Music ukuleles are hand crafted from the finest Hawaiian Koa woods. The craftsmanship, and attention to detail, make these instruments look and sound exceptional. Each Maui Music ukulele is personally made by luthier Peter Lieberman, who has been crafting fine ukuleles for over 25 years.

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Mele Ukulele

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Mele Ukulele&nbsp;builds and sells fine ENTIRELY HAND MADE ukuleles and guitars at incredibly low prices. Our ukuleles feature great tone and playability, top quality Hawaiian koa and other fine SOLID tonewoods, and detailed inlay work. For nearly 20 years, Mele Ukulele continues to offer what can be considered among the best value in instruments today

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Moore Bettah Ukuleles

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Custom made koa ukuleles built on the Big Island of Hawaii by Chuck Moore

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O Kona Ukuleles

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O Kona Ukuleles & Guitars offers an extensive 10 week course with classes held on Saturdays that last for 4 hours. All material is provided to allow the student to build a professional quality 4 string tenor ukulele. Options are available for different types of instruments as well as numbers of keys and tonewood for the top.

<ul class=""> <li><a href="http://www.ukulelesofkona.com/ukulele_building_class.htm" target="_blank">‘Ukulele Building Class</a></li> </ul>

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Pegasus Guitars And Ukuleles

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Pō Mahina - 'Ukulele & Guitars

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My name is Dennis Lake and here you‘ll find photos and information on the Custom ‘Ukulele and Guitars I make at my home shop here on the southern slope of Mauna Loa, in the remote and rural Ka‘u District of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. This is a very small shop. I work alone, with an occasional assist from a talented friend. Since all of my instruments are individually made, and most are custom orders, each is really “one of a kind”.

#####Island Jazz & Island Jazz Cutaway##### <img class="top" src="//curtsheller.com/csp/app/assets/images/uke_images/PoMahina_d-hole.jpg" alt="" width="56" height="75" align="top" />Django Rheinhardt. Striking curly koa back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, ebony peg head overlay, bound top and back with grained ivoroid, Po Mahina inlay in peg head, abalone position markers at 3,5,7,10,12,15 and abalone inlay around small oval sound hole. Slightly longer scale than regular models.

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Pono

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Pono instruments are professionally designed and handcrafted by the Ko'olau Guitar and `Ukulele Company and on the Island of Java , with final adjustments and set-up on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Here is what the Kitakis familay says about a Pono vs. their higher end Ko'olau, and I whole heartily agree.

". . . And our Pono workers have the same meticulous and conscientious attitude that we have in Hawaii. We consider our Pono and Ko'olau ukuleles similar to the duo level auto makers such as Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infinity, and Honda/Acura. Both are made by the same manufacturer, but made in various locations around the world, and both are very high quality."

> I've owned five or six Pono ukuleles in the past before I got my first Ko'olau and we opened our Funky Frets music store. These are amazing instruments for the cost. - Curt Sheller

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Pulelehua Ukulele

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Les Rietfors

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Les Rietfors Age 53, called to God February 17, 2005. A life-long resident of Kailua, he was born there on October 3, 1951. Les passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after a short illness. A loving and devoted husband and father, he is survived by Cheryl, his wife of 25 years, and daughters Amanda Rietfors and Ashley (Ken) Casazza of Fresno, California. He is also survived by his father Fritz (Lois) Rietfors, jr. of Kamuela and brothers Ron nieces. His mother, Esther Hodde Rietfors, preceded him in death.

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Scheurenbrand Guitars

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I work with a variety of tonewoods, and treat each piece individually to ensure that the wood&rsquo;s voice is maximized. Living in the Islands, I have direct access to acacia koa, the precious hardwood of Hawaii. Koa trees exist naturally nowhere else on earth but Hawaii. Koa is an exceptionally beautiful wood, and for decades has been recognized as a quality tonewood. I also build with Hawaii-grown Cuban mahogany, another quality tonewood.

A variety of body sizes, styles, tonewoods, and appointments are available for your selection. Together we will create a one-of-a-kind instrument.

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Sonny D Ukuleles

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Create work of art handmade custom ukuleles. Starting with Sonny D standard production ukuleles to Sonny D signature series ukuleles.

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TT Ukuleles

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Tangi Ukuleles

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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

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Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II. 35 years ago. Man, does time fly.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, Luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often. I really do need to get out more ;-)