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Kanilea Ukulele Factory Tour

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Address: 46-216 Kahuhipa St Rm 3, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-3900
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A Tour Well Worth the Time for Ukulele Lovers

I had the opportunity to visit Kanile'a Ukulele last week. Kristen Souza took us on a tour of their manufacturing process. We saw how they store the Hawaiian koa wood for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 28, 2016
Mitch J

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

I had the opportunity to visit Kanile'a Ukulele last week. Kristen Souza took us on a tour of their manufacturing process. We saw how they store the Hawaiian koa wood for the ukulele body, the rosewood for the fretboard, and the mahogany for the neck. We saw how they book match the wood for the soundboards. In essence, we learned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Coming to Hawaii with the intent to purchase a new ukulele, I set out to visit as many ukulele dealers and ukulele builders as possible. I had visited nearly every dealer on Oahu, and several builders including Kamaka and Koaloha. The moment I walked into Kanilea there was a feeling of family. It was more than just the beautiful ukuleles... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Parking is a challenge for there are only 4 available at the store. You must get there before 10:30 a.m. only one tour a day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

This free tour of a ukulele factory was a lot of fun. We had no idea of the contents and craftsmanship that went into this quality instrument. The description of the finishing process alone was fascinating. The tour takes about 45 minutes and involves some stairs, but it's worth the effort. Call ahead for tour times; the first one was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

Toured the Kanile'a ukulele factory after a tour of the Kamaka factory. While both tours are informative, the personal engagement of owner Joe Souza, his knowledge, and his aloha make the Kanile'a experience exceptional. Located in Kaneohe, the factory is easy to find and has good parking. The 15-20 workers are friendly and well informed. And the product they produce... More 

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