About Kimo Ukulele

I lost part of my heart to the sea and to Hawaii when I first tried surfing at age 13 in Waikiki. It was only a matter of time before I discovered the musical beauty of the Hawaiian culture including slack-key guitar and ukulele. I have always enjoyed designing and building for my personal use–the guitar and ukulele being no exception.

In 1999, I made the decision to initiate this process and was fortunate to enlist the help of master luthier John Greven (www.grevenguitars.com). I was thrilled with the instruments I was able to make and intrigued with the process of construction and the design possibilities.

The journey is far from complete since the variables seem limitless. My focus is to produce distinctive, custom ukuleles that are not only pleasing to the ear but emphasize the natural beauty of the woods of the world that I use in construction and to promote that ukulele “fun factor”.

To that endeavor, most of my builds have simple embellishments that will not detract from this natural beauty. My Aloha is in the hand crafting of each custom ukulele.

The tone is SO GREAT I’m loving it.  Your craftsmanship is perfection…

I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing uke.

The new uke is absolutely gorgeous!

This is a stunning instrument.

I love my new uke. . .it sounds delightful.

Thank you for making such gorgeous instruments!

…what a wonderful job you did on my ukulele.

I love my ukulele—it’s gorgeous!!!

…it has given me more joy than any other instrument I have previously owned. I am totally thrilled with this ukulele’s playability and sound.

People around me played it and commented on how easy it was to play, that their fingers just seemed to be guided to their proper place.

…simply exquisite from the woods to the finely crafted details to the superb sound.  We are happy to join the Kimo family.

…I was hooked…incredible warmth and voice.

…at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I knew I could count on my trusty Kimo ukulele.

It has brought me joy every day.

Thank you for building me a great Ukulele.  As for the woods, WOW!

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Kimo’s Philosophy

My mission is to produce distinctive instruments that are not only pleasing to the ear but emphasize the natural beauty of the woods used in construction, and to promote that ukulele “fun factor”.

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port orford cedar and claro walnut ukulele

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Here's the latest instrument to leave the shop. This is a Port Orford Cedar and Claro Walnut Ukulele.  A custom Super Tenor shape. This project was proposed with the client researching and purchasing the woods for the ukulele.  After…

Koa Moon Super Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

This is the Koa Moon Super Tenor Ukulele. Where's the Moon you ask.  Well, the sound board is Swiss Moon Spruce.  Did I mention that it was BearClaw? The back and sides are curly Hawaiian Koa from Hearne Hardwoods. The…
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Earthtone Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Here's the newest instrument to get strings.  It is an Earthtone Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Tenor Ukulele.  It is a standard tenor shape. This is only the second time I have used Earthtone Cedar from Alaska Specialty Woods.  Brent, the…
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Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Here's the first spec instrument of 2021.  This is another of my Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele. When I started serious building I wanted to concentrate on instrument sound and the beauty of the wood, but I also wanted to keep my builds fun and…

Ukuleles For Sale

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Mango Wood Lover’s Pineapple Ukulele - Available at Hale Ukulele

Mmmmmm! Fresh mangos with this Mango Wood Lover's Pineapple Ukulele. I'm using Mango Wood 3 ways here:  you've got your basic chocolate marble figured sound board, your basic curly, spalted figured sides, and your basic…
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Hale Holiday Fare 5 - Contact Hale Ukulele

The last instrument delivered last week to Hale Ukulele is this all koa, long neck concert ukulele.  It is Hale Holiday Fare 5. Pretty much a straight forward build--it is a blend of moderate to severely curly koa. It has an extended…
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Mango and Pineapple Tenor Ukulele - Contact Hale Ukulele

I just love these instruments made from mango wood.  Here is a new delivery to Hale Ukulele--the Mango and Pineapple Tenor Ukulele. The wood is nice and curly but I really love the golds offset with the blacks in this particular set…
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Blue Soprano Pineapple Ukulele

I delivered this Blue Soprano Pineapple Ukulele baby to Hale Ukulele the week before last and I think it is still available.  Not a lot of bling but a lot of blue in the form of fiber accent to the India Rosewood binding. Of course,…
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