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sinker redwood and myrtle tenor ukulele

Sinker Redwood and Myrtle Tenor Ukulele

My myrtle wood supplier in southern Oregon sent me some of his personal stash of curly myrtle and sinker redwood for his build.  Here is a Sinker Redwood and Myrtle Tenor Ukulele. Sinker Redwood--you know, that stuff that's been laying…
the donna tenor ukulele

The Donna Tenor Ukulele

World traveler Donna saw the plumeria flowers on Zoey's ukulele and had to have them on her's as well.  This is The Donna Tenor Ukulele. This set of Koa was personally picked by Donna for a standard tenor ukulele.  This Koa may not…
swiss moon spruce and pomelle bubinga baritone ukulele

Swiss Moon Spruce and Pomelle Bubinga Baritone Ukulele

Last year I got my hands on some unusual woods:  Swiss Moon Spruce and some Blonde Pomelle Bubinga.  This is the Swiss Moon Spruce and Pomelle Bubinga Baritone Ukulele for Joseph. Here's the link for the story on the Swiss Moon Spruce. …
tri-color koa baritone ukulele

Tri-color Koa Baritone Ukulele

Happy New Year y'all!  Here's another ukulele from 2018 year end--a Tri-color Koa Baritone Ukulele. A few posts back I showed a super tenor made from wood cut from the same billet.  That one didn't last long at Hale Ukulele and this…

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christmas koa tenor pineapple ukulele

Christmas Koa Tenor Pineapple Ukulele

Another of my recent deliveries to Hale Ukulele in San Diego is this Christmas Koa Tenor Pineapple Ukulele. This Koa tenor pineapple ukulele exhibits what I call "tiger curl" .  This type of curl occurs when the wood is cut off perpendicular…
long neck koa concert ukulele

Long Neck Koa Concert Ukulele

I may have turned the corner on concert ukulele design.   After reluctantly making a few long neck concerts (tenor 17" scale), I have decided to make them all with this scale length.  Whether they are tuned high or low "G" they are bright…
bees wing curl koa tenor ukulele

Bees Wing Koa Tenor Ukulele

Whether its straight, stacked, rift, crinkle, quilt or bees wing curl you just can't beat the beauty of Koa Wood.  Here's a Bees Wing Koa Tenor Ukulele exclusively built for and recently delivered to Hale Ukulele in San Diego.  Rich, warm…
moonlight mango concert

Moonlight Mango Concert

Now at Hale Ukulele, the Moonlight Mango Concert.  This really nifty set of Mango Wood was passed over by a potential client a couple of months ago and I immediately snatched it up for myself.  I didn't even know that I had it until I dug…

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”.

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.

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