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”.

Latest News

Maple and Mappa Burl Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Off to the races 2021.  Here is the first of Four new ukuleles completed this year, the Maple and Mappa Burl Tenor Ukulele. All the instruments have the 100 year old Pier Piling Douglas Fir for sound boards.  Hopefully you won't find…

Quilt and Curl Super Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Aloha 2021!  First of the year is this Quilt and Curl Super Tenor Ukulele. I'm still exploring different possibilities here using some unusual compression curl Koa wood and some silvery, quilt Maple wood.  You know I like them both. The…

2020 Ukuleles In Review

I'd like to have called this post "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" but I think we'll just focus on the Good-- 2020 Ukuleles in Review. Color As unique wood supplies become more scarce I am finding new interest in domestic hardwoods…

Last Ukulele 2020 - Custom Build

Happy New Year Y'all!  Here is the Last Ukulele 2020--well, not the last build but the last completed instrument of the year.  It is a concert sized uke with a standard concert scale, a standard depth and volume custom build for a special…

Ukuleles For Sale

mango wood lover's pineapple ukulele

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…

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…

Purple Rain Super Tenor Ukulele - Contact Hale Ukulele

This uke is a preview of some of the builds that I am looking forward to in this coming year.  This is the Purple Rain Super Tenor Ukulele.  This instrument is to be delivered to Hale Ukulele in San Diego Tuesday, December 3rd, and is Hale…

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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