Kanileʻa ʻUkulele has been in operation for 23 years and we manufacture ʻukulele in Hawaiʻi on the island of Oʻahu.  We focus on synchronizing a traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture through the way we conduct ourselves and partner with those around us.  As a family owned and operated business our core values reign supreme.  We pour every ounce of passion that we have into each and every instrument that we produce and we take that passion right back to where it all starts… the forest!  We have dedicated ourselves to plant a Koa tree for every instrument that we build.  


Limited Edition 2021 Platinum

Continuing the tradition of innovation, we are proud to present the all-new 2021 Platinum Limited Edition Tenor.  Unlike any other ‘ukulele you have ever seen, this instrument is truly a masterpiece to look at as well as to play.  Diving right into what makes this so unique, we present the TRU-Relief body.  A Tenor body that is thicker in the “3 corners” than a normal tenor, but has a taper at the lower bass bout which thins the body out for an unbelievably comfortable playing experience.  The edge of the instrument under your arm melts away and fits right into your arms.  This allows you to forget about holding the instrument and focus on what matters… playing.

Stemming from the 2020 Platinum, the off-centered soundhole has really struck a chord and is here to stay.  The 2021 model boasts a new unconventional sound hole patterning still in combination with a side port.  Paying respects to what drives us, Koa.  You can find Koa leaves in the shape of the soundhole and side port, as well as inlaid on the fretboard, head-plate, and for the first time ever, inlaid on the bridge.  Having the unconventional sound holes allows for the soundboard to vibrate and give off the most wonderful tones.  But also provides challenges in accessing the interior of the body for things like pickup installations or bracing repair.  Joe and Kahiau thought long and hard about how to alleviate this and have designed the first-ever magnetic back access panel.  The access panel is hardly visible and that is thanks to the careful engineering to ensure that the radius of the back is followed with a bracing piece as part of the access panel.   And what we have to mention that you don’t see is the brand new TRU-R V3 Bracing system.  Redesigned AGAIN, there are new supports in key areas to balance the weight to stability ratio, as well as a new mass reduction system which we etched away certain areas of the interior of the soundboard to let the Koa do its thing.

Kanile'a 'Ukulele has planted 22,040 Native Hawaiian trees since 2017

Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele has committed to planting one Koa tree for every ‘ukulele created with our non-profit organization, Reforest Hawaii. Read more about our mission, and learn how you can support our Hawai’i reforestation program.

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Kanile`a `Ukulele Concert CD & MP3 Download

OLA KA ‘ĀINA – Purchase the CD Now

Ola Ka ‘Aina CD is a compilation of various Kanile’a artists.  The cd consists of all original compositions which are inspired by their own personal experience with reforestation and sustainability.  This CD features Willie K, Kapena, Keauhou, Cody Pueo Pata, Kalehua Krug of Hi`ikua, Lina Langi of Na Wai Ho`olu`u O Ke Anuenue, Bruddah Sam of Vaihi, Karlie G, Ben and Maila, Aldrine Guerrero, Craig and Sarah, Gibson Ohana, Kahiau Souza, Kenneth Makuakane, Joe Souza and Derick Sebastian!  100% of the proceeds benefit our native Hawaiian Forests.  Your generous support is appreciated. This is a CD you gotta have!  

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Video Gallery

Kanile’a ‘Ukulele Koa

We at Kanile’a utilize sustainable practices in order to provide the best looking and sounding Koa in the industry.  Enjoy this video about how we grade our Koa.  


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Reforest Hawaiʻi

Kanileʻa ʻUkulele is committed to reforesting Hawaiʻi, For every Kanileʻa ʻUkulele built, a native Hawaiian tree is planted. This brings a healthy environment and preserves the history of Hawaiʻi for generations to come.