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Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
USA

tel: 808-622-1064
fax: 808-622-1646

Latitude: 21.502045
Longitude: -158.026917

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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.

Ko'olau Guitar and UkuleleFor 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.

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Kaka'ako Instruments

875 Waimanu St.
Suite 304
Honolulu, Hawai'i USA 808-799-6913

kakaakoukulele@gmail.com

Latitude: 21.299461
Longitude: -157.854401

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from the Kaka'ako Instruments web site

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.

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Kala Brand Music Company

P.O. Box 751149
Petaluma,California 94975-1149
USA

tel:1 877 Uke Duke

Latitude: 38.32
Longitude: -122.639999

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Mike Upton is the founder of Kala Brand Music Co. in northern California. Established in 2005, Kala builds 120-plus models of ukulele, including travel and bass variations.Kala and Makala brand of ukuleles.

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Kamaka Ukuleles

Kamaka Hawaii ,Inc.
550 South Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
808) 531-3165

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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,” describe 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).”

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Kamoa Ukulele

4-1310 Kuhio Hwy
Kapa’a, Hawaii 96746
USA
Phone: (808) 652 9999

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from the Kamoa Ukulele web site

Kamoa™ Ukulele Company is dedicated to building high quality bell tone instruments. Our “One player at a time” 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™ ukulele. From Exceptional student models priced around $100 up to divine custom masterpieces, we have a tailored Kamoa™ experience ready for you whether you are a true beginner or ukulele master.

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Kanilea Ukulele

46-216 Kahuhipa Street #3
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
U.S. toll free number: 1-866-334-2868
Office number: 1-808-234-2868
Fax number: 1-808-234-2868

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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‘a ‘Ukulele balance “Traditions and Technologies”. Every ‘ukulele comes with a 100% customer satisfaction, money back guarantee and our industry leading limited lifetime warranty.

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Kapono Ukulele Company

New Zealand

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Kaua`wela Ukulele Company

318-A Kuulei Road
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
USA
(808) 216-6887

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Ukuleles By Kawika, Inc.

David C. Hurd (aka Kawika)
1626 Kino’ole Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720-5021
phone/fax 808-969-7751

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from the Ukuleles By Kawika, Inc. web site

David Hurd, who majored in chemistry, became an oceanographer in part on a whim. His senior year, he saw his first surf movie — Bruce Brown’s Surfing Hollow Days — 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, “There is a better life. Aloha to Chenango Valley.


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

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Kay Guitar

PO Box 8798
Newport Beach, CA 92658
USA

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Ukulele's of Kealia Enterprises

Richard Godin PO Box 68
Honaunau, Hawaii 96726
USA

808-328-0262

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Keilani by Kelii

Available at
Bounty Music Inc.
111 Hana Hwy. #105
Kahului, Maui Hawaii 96732
USA
Phone: (808) 871-1141
Fax: (808) 871-1138

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Keokia's Custom Ukulele's

Haliewa, **Hawaii
**USA
808.348.7567
808.549-7998 pager

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Kepasa Ukulele

Kevin Crossett
Middlesex, VT ;05601
USA

Phone: (802) 249-2240

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from the Kepasa Ukulele web site

Kepasa Ukuleles are custom made by Kevin Crossett in Middlesex, VT. Kepasa Ukuleles are available in soprano, concert and tenor models, many of which are inspired by vintage ukuleles such as the LeDomino, Hollywood, Vita, and other makes and models from the mainland yesteryear. The Kepasa Madeira is influenced by the Dias style soprano, and the Kepasa Gypsy Rose is influenced by the early Selmer-Maccaferri gypsy guitars. All models are optionally available with the Mi-Si Acoustic Trio pickup system, as well as other pickup options. Kevin is also the owner of The GuitarSam music store in Montpelier, Vermont

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Kimo Ukulele

Hank Johnson
535 Chesterfield Circle
San Marcos, California 92069
USA
Phone: (760) 585-6352 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (PST)

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My second home, Maui, and many years in ocean sports both on the mainland and the Islands naturally led me to the beauty of the Polynesian culture including slack-key guitar and ukulele.

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Michael J. King

Cheltenham, England
emj@michaeljking.com

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Michael J King’s Modern MJK Soprano ukuleles instruments are inspired by the Martin 3/5K models of the 1930’s, though with less inlay on the fingerboard(just abalone side markers) and Maple bindings rather than plastics.

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John S. Kinnard Ukuleles

7130 Surfbird Circle
Carlsbad, California 92011
USA
Phone: 760 271-8334

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Nestled in the foothills of northern San Diego County, just inland from the coast, sits the small village of Fallbrook, California. Known for its mild climate and laid back lifestyle, artisans of different genres cultivate their craft inspired by the beauty of the valleys and mountains that surround the town.

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Kiwaya Ukuleles

Takumi Ukulele Company
300 Kirkland Place SE
Renton, WA 98056
USA
Toll free : 877.4.KIWAYA (877.454.9292)
Fax : 425.277.2282

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On November 1, 2011, Kiwaya USA changed its name to Takumi Ukulele Company. As Takumi Ukulele Company continues to build a strong company to supply and service our customers around the world, we feel it is important to present a clear consistent image and direction.

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Ko Aloha Ukulele

744 Kohou Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
USA
(808) 847-4911

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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 “Renaissance Man.” 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.

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Koll Guitar Company

Saul Koll
2402 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 95436
503 235-9797

Latitude: 45.516338
Longitude: -122.641357

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Saul Koll grew up in southern California just north of Los Angeles in a town called Newhall. He always had an interest in how things were made and what made things work. While other kids were playing sports, Saul was in the garage taking expensive toys apart and gluing the components into new weird new contraptions. At 12 he started to play the guitar and his compulsive tendencies were then directed to learning the instrument. It was about this time that he found a book on guitar making at the library in Redondo Beach. It was Classic Guitar Construction by Irving Sloan. One of the earliest writings on the subject and as it turns out eventually very influential.(Notice how even at the beach, Saul was at the library!) Saul found the book intriguing but beyond his skills at age 12. He continued his guitar studies and school and all the usual teenage stuff.

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Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
USA

tel: 808-622-1064
fax: 808-622-1646

Latitude: 21.502045
Longitude: -158.026917

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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.

Ko'olau Guitar and UkuleleFor 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.

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Andreas Kapkes

PENDENNIS handmade Folk Instruments
Augustental 38
24232 Schönkirchen
Germany Tel./Fax: +49 (0) 4348 8385

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Whatever You’d like to ask for - perhaps a jazz-mandola, bouzoukis, speciality guitars small or big, A or F mandolins, tenor guitars, ukuleles, a mando-uke, banjos, electric guitars and mandolins, carved tops and backs, fancy woods, custom inlays, french polish... whatever you’ve seen in the books or heard of... don’t hesitate to ask for your own special instrument. There will be a way to make your dream come true at a reasonable price!

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KP Ukuleles

Custom Ukuleles and Repair
Luthier: Ken Potts
Lahaina, Maui **Hawaii
**USA **

Ken Potts - Luthier
808-344-0268

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

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Orpheus Valley Guitars and Kremona Studio

KREMONA NORTH AMERICA
11300 Sanders Drive, suite 30
Rancho Cordova, California 95742
USA
Phone: (916) 853 5606

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Orpheus Valley Guitars and Kremona Studio violins are the product of Bulgaria’s venerable Kremona lutherie, established in 1924. Enjoying continued success in many parts of the world, Kremona now offers their traditional European craftsmanship to North America. Recognized for superb build quality and solution-oriented pricing, Kremona musical instruments remain one of the industry’s astonishing values.

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Koki'o Ukulele

RISA Musical Instruments GmbH ** Pferdsbachstr. 31
D-64823 Gross-Umstadt
**Germany

Phone: +49-(0)6078-911183
Fax: +49-(0)6078-911176

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koki’o is the brand-new Asian series of the German quality manufacturer RISA Musical Instruments. RISA has been number one for electric Ukuleles worldwide for more than 10 years. We consequently follow our target to offer high quality instruments for a reasonable price with this new series of acoustic Ukuleles. The specification contains product features which are unknown for Ukuleles in this price range. Even the reasonable colored entry series features many highlights for a low price:

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Klos Guitars

Provo, UT

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KLOS Guitars was born as an answer to the question of why are carbon fiber guitars so expensive. Hand crafted with extreme precision in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, our guitars blend the practical with the elegant. We keep the neck out of mahogany and blackwood so that your fingers have a familiar feel while making the body and soundboard out of durable carbon fiber. This hybrid wood and carbon fiber approach lets us keep the price well under $1000 for our acoustic model, while still producing a compact, durable, and great sounding travel guitar. Our #keepitKLOS philosophy is that music is meant to always be around us, so grab your guitar and take it with you everywhere you go!

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