Author Archives: Kanilea

The United Nations Recognizes Kanile`a `Ukulele

Joe Souza on the UN's "Lid is On" podcast series

KĀNEʻOHE, HAWAIʻI – Kanileʻa ʻUkulele, Hawaiʻi’s premier ʻukulele company, is featured in the latest United Nations “Lid is On” podcast series. Reporter and podcast host Daniel Dickinson interviewed master luthier and company co-owner Joe Souza for an in-depth look at a small business that operates daily to prove “sustainability and profitability can co-exist.” “Planting a […]


KĀNEʻOHE, HAWAIʻI – Kanileʻa ʻUkulele, Hawaiʻi’s premier ʻukulele company, is excited to partner with Affirm, Inc. to provide online customers the ability to play now, pay later. By using the new, easy monthly payment program now at the checkout, any  ʻukulele player can have the handcrafted playable masterpiece of their dreams without the wait. […]

Kanile`a Factory Tours Suspended for Health and Safety Reasons

Factory Tours suspended 'til further notice

Kanileʻa ʻUkulele factory tours are suspended until further notice. The retail store on Kahuhipa Street in Kāneʻohe will also be closed. This decision was made for the health and safety of our visitors and our employees.

Kanileʻa ʻUkulele Sponsors the International ʻUkulele Contest & Hula Show

KĀNEʻOHE – Kanileʻa ʻUkulele is proud to sponsor the International ʻUkulele Contest & Hula Show offering up over $8,000 in prizes. See amateur players of all ages from around the world compete for top prizes at the Waikīkī International Marketplace main stage on Saturday, February 15, 2020 starting at 10:30 a.m.   Kanileʻa ʻUkulele will […]

Kaimana Souza: Director of Sales & Marketing

Kanile`a `Ukulele is proud to announce Kaimana Souza as the new Director of Sales & Marketing. This change in leadership is effective now. Kaimana Souza can be reached at (808) 234-2868 or


You helped us hit 10,000 followers on Instagram so we’re giving you a chance to win a sweet prize that includes a gorgeous Kanileʻa K-3 Concert Premium ʻukulele! Enter to win by October 31. We pull one lucky winner the next day on November 1, 2019. Good luck and mahalo!

Living Legend Willie K is Saving Hawaiʻi’s Forests with Every Strum

On June 14, 2019, award-winning singer/songwriter Willie K acquired a Kanileʻa one-of-a-kind ʻukulele called the ʻIʻiwi Honi Koa to raise awareness of the plight of the native Hawaiian species of flora and fauna and to raise funds for Saving Hawai`i’s Forests, a 501 (c) 3 organization.

Kanile`a `Ukulele Will Attend Aloha` Festival in Seattle

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival @Seattle Center September 8th, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kanile`a `Ukulele, along with Islander `Ukulele, and Reforest Hawai`i will be attending this years Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival in Seattle, Washington. If you are interested in anything Hawaiian, then you should stop by. There will be a whole […]


Reforest Hawaiʻi and “Nani ʻEkolu” to be recognized at the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation’s 2019 Preservation Honor Awards on May 31, 2019 at the YWCA Laniākea’s Fuller Hall in Downtown Honolulu.

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