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Ko`olau Guitar and Ukulele Company
401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
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from the Ko`olau Guitar and Ukulele Company web site
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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How About More Uke?
Motivated by our love of jazz and improvisation. The Curt Sheller Trio - Eric, Ed and Curt explore a traditional and contemporary jazz repertoire with a sprinkling of originals, showcasing the ukulele in a non traditional setting.
Curt - In the summer of 2003, I fell in love with the ukulele and all its possibilities. My journey exploring the ukulele began on a CampFire USA trip to South Dakota planned by my wife, Bernadette. I'd searched the Internet for a small travel guitar to bring with me, and rediscovered the ukulele instead--after a twenty year break. - Curt
All tracks where recorded with a Ko'olau CS Tenor with the exception of Milestones where I used a Pono Pro Classic Thinline Mango Tenor as a string broke on the Ko'olau during the previous song's fadeout. For the lite guitar backing on Glen's Cove and Summer's Dawn I used my American Archtop Legend 7 string made by Dale Unger.
10 Minute Demo of How About More Uke? CD
The Curt Sheller Trio
Curt Sheller - Curt has been performing and presenting ukulele workshops at various ukulele festivals for the past 10 plus years and has authored over 30 books for ukulele and is the creator and maintains the popular web site LearnignUkulele.com with over 600 lessons for ukulele.
Eric Schreiber - Eric is a Philadelphia area based musician and composer. He currently performs regularly in numerous jazz, rock, and classical ensembles.
Ed Rick - Ed is an experienced and versatile drummer who has played in a wide range of professional situations. Besides his playing, Ed devotes a good deal of time to his teaching practice.
Back in 2002 I released a Midnight a the Jazz Cafe CD, a guitar bass and drums CD. I recorded both Milestones and My Favorite Things. I also recorded both these songs for the How About More Uke? CD.
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2002 - Midnight at the Jazz Cafe
2015 - How About More Uke?
2002 - Midnight at the Jazz Cafe
2015 - How About More Uke?
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