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Features

Kimo’s standard ukulele features.

Construction

Personally built from solid woods & custom specs.

Woods

Special Woods, colors, artwork, shapes, etc.

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Curly Koa

Steve's Curly Koa Tenor Ukulele

Steve's got curl.  No, not his hair,  but  his new Curly Koa Tenor Ukulele.  Steve picked out this spectacular set of koa from my stash of salvage wood from the big island of Hawaii.  The final product was slightly more than I anticipated. As with…
custom Koa Tenor Ukulele for Hale Ukulele in San Diego
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Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele for Hale Ukulele in San Diego

Here's a Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele for Hale Ukulele in San Diego.  For this custom tenor ukulele I have used another set of salvage Koa from the Big Island of Hawaii.  This particular set of Koa does not have a really strong curl but what…
Custom Tenor Ukulele

Custom Tenor Ukulele

Here's another of my Custom Tenor Ukulele featuring alternative woods.  I've used the last of this particular set of Claro Walnut for back and sides and the second and last set of a very unusual, curly Koa for the sound board (see "Moonscape…
Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele

Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele

Here's a new Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele built especially for a client who has a bit of arthritis and a very light touch. We wanted an instrument that would be easy to play without a lot of effort by either the right or left hand.  After some…

Available Ukuleles

custom Koa Tenor Ukulele for Hale Ukulele in San Diego
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Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele for Hale Ukulele in San Diego

Here's a Custom Koa Tenor Ukulele for Hale Ukulele in San Diego.  For this custom tenor ukulele I have used another set of salvage Koa from the Big Island of Hawaii.  This particular set of Koa does not have a really strong curl but what…
Koa Concert Ukulele
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Koa Concert Ukulele

If you have followed my posts for some time you might wonder why I only show tenor ukulele.  Well, the tenor is the most popular model that I make and sell.  But, recently, there have been increasing requests for Koa Concert Ukulele and…
Blond Curly Koa custom tenor ukulele
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Blond Curly Koa Custom Tenor Ukulele

Personally, I think Blonds can have more fun.  Here's a Blond Curly Koa custom tenor ukulele just delivered to Hale Ukulele in San Diego.I love the look of blond curly koa.  Yeah, there's some dark roots showing but hey, I'm not that picky.…

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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