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”.

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Dark Star Concert Ukulele - For Sale $1650

Here's the latest new instrument, the Dark Star Concert Ukulele.   This is a long neck or tenor scaled instrument with a concert sized body.   I've horded this beautiful set of  curly Koa from Hearne Hardwoods for a few years…

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Koa Tenor Pineapple Ukulele Madness - For sale $1450

I felt the need to have at least one Koa Pineapple Ukulele on stock since I've made a lot in Mango lately.  Here's the Koa Tenor Pineapple Ukulele Madness just finished. Yes, all Koa.  I even added a curly blond sapwood Koa for the…
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Dark Star Concert Ukulele - For Sale $1650

Here's the latest new instrument, the Dark Star Concert Ukulele.   This is a long neck or tenor scaled instrument with a concert sized body.   I've horded this beautiful set of  curly Koa from Hearne Hardwoods for a few years…
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Mmmmmm! Fresh mangos with this Mango Wood Lover's Pineapple Ukulele. I'm using Mango Wood 3 ways here:  you've got your basic chocolate marble figured sound board, your basic curly, spalted figured sides, and your basic…
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