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Five String Super Tenor Ukulele

A rare (well maybe not that rare) alternative string combination is this new Five String Super Tenor Ukulele. The project started as a standard build, the only request being a wider than average neck.  The  Koa back and sides were…

Moon Bear Super Tenor

    Delivered late last year is this Moon Bear Super Tenor ukulele. The woods selected for this build are compression Koa for back and sides and Canadian Bear Claw sitka spruce for the top.  It's hard to get a good picture…

Bear and Rose Tenor Ukulele

I don't use the classic woods of guitar very often.  This is because of the demand for ukuleles made with the traditional wood-- Koa.  This Bear and Rose Tenor Ukulele, a custom request, gets me back to tradition. The back and sides…

Om Shanti Tenor Ukulele

Here is a fun project, the Om Shanti Tenor Ukulele.  It's a standard tenor shape not the super size "J" that I have made so many of lately. The request was for Mango.  This is the second instrument that I have made from mango I received…

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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…

Hale Holiday Fare 4

Another new tenor pineapple.  This is Hale Holiday Fare 4.   This instrument is now at Hale Ukulele . Ric asked for another tenor pineapple for the shop.  This one is all Koa--no abalone, no inlays just Koa. I like green as the…

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…

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…

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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