Our Haleiwa store-front is open from Wednesday - Saturday from 11am - 6pm and on Sundays from 11am - 5pm.
If you have questions or need any assistance our phone lines are open Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm HST (808)622-8000.
You can also email us at [email protected]
This is the first of a master series from Charlie featuring inlays inspired by the Hawaiian Islands. This gorgeous 3-hole mastergrade Big Island koa tenor also has inlays inspired by the Big Island.
The headstock is adorned ohia lehua flowers along with Maunaloa, Maunakea and Kilauea, the three volcanic mountains of th Big Island. The lehua is a beautiful native flower that grows in volcanic rock. This is all done with various shells and recon stone, as well as woods for the I'iwi bird. The smoke plume from Mauna Loa is in pink abalone. The fretboard is koa tree branches with abalone leaves. Side dots are on both sides to easily navigate the fretboard still for either a right or left handed player.
As you can hear from Kalei and Corey's sound sample, this tenor has a very special sound. The sustain and overtones are unreal along with a warmth you hear in only the best instruments.
Pictures and video show the exact instrument now available here.
This is Charlie's classic 3-hole bell shaped tenor design. This provides more soundboard and a wonderful depth, sustain, and a full spectrum of tones and overtones with clarity and power.
Charlie Fukuba is an amazing luthier from our island. He's also a Hoku award-winning musician and he builds with an emphasis on sound along with playability and reliability. This ukulele has a hand-rubbed gloss finish. These features along with his design deliver a big musical sound that will inspire you more than you can imagine.
This is an ultimate custom made Hawaiian tenor ukulele and our package includes this fantastic Oahu hard case and Oasis humidifier.
"The ʻōhiʻa lehua flower is mentioned in many Hawaiian moʻolelo; one of the more significant legends tells of its creation. According to the well-known Hawaiian tale, there once was a beautiful man named ʻŌhiʻa. He was so good-looking he attracted the gaze of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. Unfortunately for Pele, ʻŌhiʻa had his eyes set on a woman named Lehua, who also happened to fancy ʻŌhiʻa.
In a fit of rage, Pele transformed ʻŌhiʻa into an ugly, gnarled tree, and while Lehua tried to convince Pele to change him back, she refused. Lehua then asked the other gods to intervene, and in a compromise, they decided to transform Lehua into a beautiful flower that would adorn the ʻōhiʻa tree, so the lovers could stay together forever. Some say that if you pick the flower from an ʻōhiʻa tree, the two lovers cry, causing the sky to rain down their tears."
* Mastergrade Hawaiian Koa body
* Ebony top & back binding
* Ebony fret board and bridge
* Mother of pearl rosettes
* Custom Big Island Inspired Inlay
* Mahogany neck
* Gotoh UPT geared tuning keys
* Hand-rubbed gloss finish
* Hard shell Oahu tenor case
I’iwi 3 Hole Tenor
Total Scale Length: 17”/43.18cm
Body Length: 11.75”/29.85cm
Overall length: 27”/68.58cm
Nut Width: 1.41”/35.92mm
Saddle Width: 2.44”/61.99mm
Lower Bout Width: 9.25”/23.50cm
Upper Bout Width: 7.125”/18.10cm
Lower Bout Depth: 2.75”/6.99cm
Upper Bout Depth: 2.625”/6.67cm
At Nut: G to C = 9.41mm G to A = 29.36mm
At 12th Fret: G to C = 11.44mm G to A = 34.88m
At Saddle: G to C = 13.31mm G to A = 40.05mm
Other Options (Many found in the essential accessories above)
Current Turnaround Time: Amount of time it takes before shipment-
Full Setup: 7-10 Days
Basic Quality Control: 2-3 Days
BASIC QUALITY CONTROL covers inspecting the instrument for any major defects that would have been missed by the factory and any faults in construction that could potentially damage or limit the functionality of the instrument over time. Any defective instruments are rejected and replaced. We make sure that each Ukulele meets the basic standard for a brand new instrument and will be ready to play once you receive it. A final cleanup is also included after inspection before packing and shipment.
Full Setup - FREE for all Ukuleles $399 and over / $20.00 for Ukuleles from $300-399 / $30.00 for Ukuleles Under $300
-Overall QC evaluation: To find defects in construction as well as to get an overall view of the instrument and note the areas that need extra attention and adjustment during the setup.
-Saddle Adjustment: The height of the saddle is lowered to reduce the distance between the strings and the fretboard, making it easier to play than the factory setup, especially higher up the fretboard.
-Nut Slot Adjustment: The depth, width, and angle of the nut slots are adjusted to create a more comfortable playing experience especially on the lower frets.
-Fret Dressing: After adjusting the nut and saddle heights, high spots in the fretboard or uneven frets will potentially cause fret buzz, dead spots, or other unwanted problems. The frets are filed to create a more consistent level across the fretboard. We then crown the frets to return their rounded curvature back to the top of each fret creating a clear contact point for each string. We then smooth and polish the frets and condition the fingerboard to bring them back to new condition.
-Final Cleanup: We always do a final overall cleanup of the instrument to make sure it is in new condition and ready to play before it is prepared for shipment.
Rush Setup & Delivery - Additional $50.00
The RUSH SETUP AND DELIVERY service is for customers who would still like to receive everything included in the full setup but on a shorter time frame. One of our setup technicians will work overtime outside of normal business hours to complete the setup within 2-3 days of the order being placed and immediately hand it over to the shipping department for packing and shipment. The $50.00 rush charge is in addition to the cost of the full setup.
Additional services (see individual product listings to add these services to your order)
Re-stringing: We will replace the factory installed stock string set with a new set of your choosing. Select the “replace stock strings” option when adding your desired string set to the shopping cart.
Strap Button Installation: 1-2 buttons are installed to allow the use of a strap. Color options available.
Pickup installation: for players who would like the option to play or record with amplification.
Friction Tuner Upgrade (friction tuners only): We offer upgrade options for select instruments with friction tuners to be retrofitted with new geared tuners for better precision and comfort when tuning.
Left-handed Setup: Left-handed setups are also available upon request. Occasionally an additional charge may be added for compensated saddles on select models.
For more even more details and FAQ visit our Shipping Page under the Company Info tab at the header menu.
SHIPPING CARRIER OPTIONS:
FedEx is our primary shipping carrier, all orders that qualify for free domestic shipping will be sent using FedEx. UPS and DHL can also be chosen as alternative options upon checkout, USPS is only used for smaller accessory orders.
As soon as the shipping label is created you will be automatically notified via email with tracking information. All packages will be shipped with a signature requirement by default. If you do not wish to have a signature requirement you will need to notify us, either by leaving a note in the “special instructions” when adding the item(s) to your shopping cart or by emailing our shipping department directly. Any shipping related requests (hold/delay/address change) should also be directed to our shipping department ( [email protected]).
NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: You may also be required to pay import duties/taxes, this will vary depending on your location and the value of the item(s). To estimate these taxes, you can contact your local customs office. Fedex also offers a helpful estimation tool: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/international.html
UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE PERMIT: If your ukulele contains any amount of shell inlay (abalone or pearl) it will require a permit to be shipped internationally. The cost of this permit is $93.00 USD. We will handle the paperwork and file the permit for you, but the cost of all duties and fees are the responsibility of the customer.
SHIPPING COST will vary depending on the size dimensions and weight of the package as well as the destination. To get a quote, use the “Calculate Shipping Cost” link located next to the “Add to Cart button” on each listing.
This is made even easier when you are already logged in to your customer account. Follow this link to create an account if you don’t already have one go HERE.
FREE SHIPPING: All orders within the USA with a total over $500 will qualify for free FedEx 2-day air shipping.
SHIPMENT AND TRACKING NOTIFICATIONS are sent automatically via email as soon as the shipping label is created so please make sure your email address is accurate when placing the order. Outgoing shipments are picked up by our shipping carriers Monday through Friday.
ACCESSORY AND CASE ORDERS: While non-instrument orders for cases and accessories do not require the same processing time needed for instruments, they do require time for processing and packing. The typical processing time for accessory/case orders is (1-4 business days) depending on current order volume.
CURRENT SETUP PROCESSING TIMES AND DETAILS ARE LOCATED UNDER THE “SETUP OPTIONS” TAB.*
*If you would like to receive your instrument as soon as possible you can forego the full setup process by selecting the “Basic QC Only” option or by selecting the “Full Setup RUSH” option when adding instruments to your shopping cart. More details are available under the “Setup Options” tab.