OluKai Ho’olaule’a Ukulele Aloha Award
Ok kids, git yer dancin’ shews on! It’s almost time for the 8th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a on the beautiful island of Maui. This years event will be held on the last weekend of April at Kanaha County Park. Food and fun events are planned for all ages with the highlight events being world class, open water, downwind stand up paddle board and outrigger canoe races from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha. This event is a showcase of Hawaiian culture, ocean culture and is just one event of the Ama OluKai Foundation. To one recipient will go the OluKai Ho’olaule’a Ukulele Aloha Award.
This years award ukulele is constructed of Hawaiian Koa reclaimed salvage from the Big Island and Mango accents. These Koa sets might not be perfect but my understanding is that this wood does not come from newly cut trees. The binding is India Rosewood accented with green/black purfling. Laser logo and inscription is done by my friends at SD Trophy. I back fill the laser cut so that it will be flush to the surface of the ukulele since my finishes are all gloss. The neck is Honduran Mahogany with internal “passive” carbon fiber truss rod. And lastly, the the fret board and bridge are constructed of Amazon Rosewood.
A paua abalone petroglyph decorates the peg head along with Gotoh planetary tuners.