We at Kanile`a `Ukulele aim to Inspire the Soul through music, `ukulele, and the Aloha spirit.  We produce Handcrafted Hawaiian Masterpieces to be Enjoyed for Generations.  With a focus on quality, sound, and leading the industry with innovation, we will continue to push the boundaries of the `ukulele world.  As a Native Hawaiian family, the Souza `Ohana is extremely dedicated to reforestation and has committed to planting a Koa tree for every ‘ukulele that is built.We invite you to join us on our journey to Inspire the Soul!


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Kanile'a 'Ukulele has planted 18,800 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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Limited Edition 2020 Platinum

Since before Kanile’a was founded, Joe was innovating and creating new and sometimes outrageous designs. His first ‘ukulele was a Concert body with a Tenor neck, now known as a Super-Concert or Long-Neck Concert. Other designs that were pushing the boundaries have made an impact in the ‘ukulele world, like the Guitarlele, Super-Tenor, and the 19″ Tenor scale length. Having grown up as an `ukulele player Joe understood what might work, and what wouldn’t, from a player’s perspective. It took years to perfect the craft of playing as well as building. Musicianship was taught to Joe by his late mother and his late Aunt starting when he was in the 4th grade. His training as a luthier began with the late, “Uncle” Peter Bermudez in 1991. Though gone, his teachings will never be forgotten. Now his 3 sons, Kaimana, Iokepa, and Kahiau are actively learning and absorbing the knowledge that has been passed down through many generations. Blending new age abilities and paying homage to the education from previous generations, Kanile’a is proud to present the 2020 Limited Edition Platinum.

Along with the input from Joe, Kaimana, Iokepa, and Kahiau, the Souza men collaborated on this model to create something truly spectacular. This instrument is the first Platinum model that was not solely designed by Joe.

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Kanile`a `Ukulele 2020 Platinum

The 2020 Platinum boasts a whole new tone of Kanile`a featuring the innovation and beauty Joe and the Kanile`a `Ohana have discovered. Get yours today


The perfect combination of technology and craftsmanship to aid you in your journey to spread aloha

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.