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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My First 21" Baritone Ukulele

My First 21″ Baritone Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

It's still the year of the Baritone here.  This is My First 21" Baritone Ukulele.   The Woods Body:  Does it get any better?  This is the sister set of curly, Hawaiian Koa shown on the Curly Koa Curly Maple Tenor Ukulele Binding: …
Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele

Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Here is a great combination of tonewoods for small instruments.  This is the Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele. The Woods Body:  Western Claro Walnut.  Good color, good figure and medium low density. Sound Board:  Western Red…
Marble Curl Koa Ukulele

Marble Curl Koa Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

First, my apologies for these photos--I tried and Google isn't helping!  They just don't do this instrument justice.  And, I haven't been out-of-action only overwhelmed with builds starting the first of the year.  Now, I am finally starting…
Curly Koa Curly Maple Tenor Ukulele

Curly Koa Curly Maple Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

The latest instrument to receive strings is this Curly Koa Curly Maple Tenor Ukulele--a Canadian request.   The Woods Body:  Classic color Curly Koa all around. Neck:  Honduran Mahogany with carbon truss rod and curly…

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