Aloha! We have a new look! It’s been a long time since we added things to the website, but many things have happened to make change now possible, for example weaving lauhala.
It’s something my wife Helen and I did many years ago. And after being gifted many weaving articles by family members, we’ve started up again. So please enjoy these new articles.
YES, we’re still selling copies of my book “Left-Brain Lutherie” for $55.00 plus shipping.
The Ukuleles by Kawika website is a place for anyone who also loves the ukulele. You’ll find:
Making Compliance Measurements;
The Compliance Mapping Process;
sound files of all sizes of our ukuleles;
free listing of old ukulele song books;
pictures of old Hawaiian ukuleles; (NEW!)
free lutherie calculation spreadsheets;
methods for making useful wood properties measurements;
the application of these measurements to lutherie;
a discussion of instrument tunings and acoustics;
free shop tips for ukulele and guitar construction;
a beginning guide to Hawaiian ukulele identification with hundreds of useful measurements;
guest artists playing our ukuleles and guitars;
photos and a naturalist’s description of koa wood;
If you’re interested in applying technology to the making of guitar family instruments, please consider purchasing by book: “Left-Brain Lutherie: Using Physics and Engineering Concepts for Building Guitar Family Instruments: An Introductory Guide to Their Practical Application”. Details can be found here.
Because I like Birding and Fishing, I’ve also included pages regarding those subjects.
Please note that we have retired from active ukulele making and are no longer taking orders or doing repairs.
I hope that the site is informative and fun for you. That’s really what it’s all about.