postcardAloha! 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.

The Ukuleles by Kawika website is a place for anyone who also loves the ukulele.  You’ll find:

Assemble the Compliance Jig

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.

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I hope that the site is informative and fun for you.  That’s really what it’s all about.

Ukuleles by Kawika
Making tomorrow’s vintage instruments…today

Ho’olono ana i ke kani honehone a ka ukulele
(pause to listen to the sweet sound of the ukulele…)