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

blue thing tenor ukulele

Blue Thing Tenor Ukulele - Sold

Third in my series of stained wood builds is the Blue Thing Tenor Ukulele.   The Body:  First purple, then red and now blue (actually black and blue like the bruise).  This is some very light weight, curly, western Maple for…
super curly super quilty super tenor

Super Curly Super Quilty Super Tenor

Hey gang!  Two posts this week.  I just couldn't wait to show off this new ukulele since it is leaving the shop today.  This is a Super Curly Super Quilty Super Tenor. My client likes concert sized ukuleles but after playing the "house"…

Myrtle and Bear Cutaway Ukulele

Just put strings on  this Myrtle and Bear Cutaway Ukulele Tuesday.  They are not set yet but this is sounding like a promising instrument. This is a Super Tenor shape with a florentine-style cutaway.  The sides and back are curly,…

Curly Mango Baritone Please

I'd like a Curly Mango Baritone Please.  That was the request and fortunately I have lots of curly sets on stock at the present.  This particular set of Curly Mango has a little bit of everything--good chocolate colors, some spalt and lots…

Ukuleles For Sale

Quilt Maple Super Tenor Ukulele - $1575

Currently for sale with hard case for $1575. Tired of the same old Koa thing?  Here's a new build that I'm pretty excited about.  This is a Quilt Maple Super Tenor Ukulele.  No stain, just natural--it's all about the wood! Maple…
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Hale Holiday Fare 5

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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Purple Rain Super Tenor 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…
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Hale Fare #2

Ok, here's holiday fare #2 going to Hale Ukulele this coming Tuesday.  This one I'm calling Hale Fare #2 and it's another of my curly Ambrosia Maple super tenor ukuleles topped with the 3000 year old Alaskan Ancient Spruce. I used turquoise…
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