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carol's honu tenor ukulele

Carol's Honu Tenor Ukulele

Delivered the week before last is Carol's Honu Tenor Ukulele. Carol really took a liking to this set of chocolate mango wood.  As with some of the other instruments from the same billet of wood, this set shows a little bit of everything--color,…
paua moontenor pineapple ukulele

Paua Moon Tenor Pineapple Ukulele

This Paua Moon Tenor Pineapple Ukulele didn't last long at Hale Ukulele.  A nice gal from the Bay Area decided to take it home last week. This ukulele is made from an unusual set of drippy, curly, blondish Koa that just screamed " make…
Honu Tenor Ukulele

Honu Tenor Ukulele

Recently delivered is Sara's Honu Tenor Ukulele.  Blond, curly Koa and Blue Paua abalone are the highlights for sure, but Larry Robinson's "Honu" head stock inlay in bronze mother-of-pearl is the icing-on-the-cake. I added Sara's…
a new hula hips tenor ukulele

A New Hula Hips Tenor Ukulele

I'm, again, behind in my posts.  Here's A New Hula Hips Tenor Ukulele delivered the week before last.   I'm starting to drift a bit towards more standard guitar type builds of late.  Maybe it is just boredom looking at all Koa--…

Available Ukuleles

pale moon pineapple ukulele

Pale Moon Pineapple Ukulele

This  custom made Pale Moon Pineapple Ukulele is now at Hale Ukulele in San Diego California. The last one I delivered in April didn't last but a week and I was really caught short.  This is the first of two instruments for replacement. All…
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…
hale ukulele koa tenor ukulele

Hale Ukulele Koa Tenor Ukulele

Here's a new tenor ukulele delivered to Hale Ukulele in San Diego.  The Hale Ukulele Koa Tenor Ukulele exhibits some Koa wood that I obtained from Notable Hardwoods early last year This Koa was sourced from the Big Island over 20 years ago…
koa tenor ukulele

Koa Tenor Ukulele

Ric at Hale Ukulele says "I need more"!  So here's a Koa Tenor Ukulele ukulele that I built per his request. This alternative curl, curly dark Koa has a lot of visuals going for it.  I have straight curl Koa in stock but, honestly,…

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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