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Kanile'a


Kanile'a Concert K1 Ukulele
Early Concert (old logo)
Kanele'a Custom Concert
"Aldrine Guerrero" Concert
Kanile'a Islander MT4 Tenor Ukulele
Islander MT4 Tenor
Kanile'a means "joyful sound" and their Ukuleles are hand crafted under the guidance of master luthier, Joseph Souza at their factory in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Joseph started to learn the art of luthiery working as apprentice to Peter Burmudez in 1991. The firm was started in 1998 in the garage of Joe's house so they early models were all made by him, but as time has gone on it has expanded greatly employs a lot more people and is one of the Hawaiian "big K" firms. The also have a laudable promise of planting a new Koa tree for every Ukulele made.

They make 3 standard ranges K1 to K3 (there use to be K4, but that has expanded into all of the limited edition, semi custom and endorsee ranges), with varying levels of decoration, in all scales except Sopranino, including the Super Scales. They also make Lili'us, Taropatchs and Guitaleles, Ukuleles decorated with laser etching or inlays, plus a lot of custom or semi-custom options. For a while they had a very top end semi-custom range they call Po'okela but this has gone as a branding now.

Islander

This is Kanile'a's budget line imported from China, (which I suppose in part of a big island?). They come as laminate or solid and a selection of woods, as Soprano, Concert or Tenor scales In 2013 they added Bass Ukuleles to the Islander catalogue. This has been discontinued now but they have introduced Guitaleles and Requinto size Mini Guitars
This branding has nothing to do with the old Maccaferri Plastic Islander Ukuleles or the Singapore Maestro Islanders

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