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Kanile'a Maoli No Premium Koa Tenor (#19)

Kanile'a Maoli No Premium Koa Tenor (#19)
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Kanile'a Maoli No Premium Koa Tenor 19

The Hawaiian-made tenor pictured and in the video is "the one" now available! (If it says "In Stock".) 

This is a new limited edition Kanile'a model. This ukulele is special in many ways and has a deep message behind it.

The Maoli No was born out of a commitment Kanile'a has made to the reforestation of Hawaii and protection of the environment. Maoli No means "truly native” and this ukulele was made using the dead fall of endemic Hawaiian hardwoods. The fragrant `iliahi, abundant`ōhi`a lehua and prized koa make up the body, neck and key features of this stunning instrument. No live tree was cut and it was made by Kanile`a in a carbon-neutral process through Hawai`i Legacy Hardwoods' Legacy Carbon program. This innovative program offers certified carbon credits for the permanent reforestation of koa.

The rosette inlay uses Kailua Beach white sand and says He ali`i ka `āina; he kauā ke kanaka, which means “The land is Chief; man is its servant”. This is an ancient Hawaiian saying and the wisdom behind it is what helped them survive for many years in the worlds most isolated islands. Sand was also used for the fretboard markers which are kahili (a symbol of the Hawaiian aliʻi chiefs signifying power from the divinities), and are shown with two crossed hoe paddles.

The idea and design of this ukulele is something we are proud to share with you. It reminds us of the importance of our land and signifies sustainability of our resources for future generations in a beautiful way. Plus, the tone!!

Our sound samples are completely dry and we are dedicated to showing true tone. Use quality speakers or headphones for the most accurate listening.

In 2014, Kanile`a `Ukulele acquired a tract of native Hawaiian forest in Kona, Hawai`i. After an assessment of the property, 38 native Hawaiian species of flora were identified including hardwoods like koa (Hawaiian Acacia), `ōhi`a lehua (Hawaiian Myrtle), lama (Hawaiian Ebony) and understory plants such as `iliahi ( Hawaiian Sandalwood), mamaki, ko`oko`olau, naio, māmane, kōlea and ferns. Understanding their responsibility of stewardship for this land, Kanile`a `Ukulele locked arms with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) to better learn how to protect and propagate these native species. Through these organizations, Kanile`a `Ukulele is able to provide seeds for propagation and replanting in other areas thus aiding in restoring the native Hawaiian forests all over Hawai`i Island.

For each Maoli Nō sold with the Makana o Maoli Nō reforestation project, a koa tree along with an understory tree will be planted. The owner of the `ukulele will be given an authentic Certificate of Planting that will list the exact set of geographical coordinates per tree. These plants can then be located using GPS tracking applications online like Google Earth.

Beyond all of its totally unique features, this is just an awesome looking and sounding ukulele. It sounds big and warm and projects with power. It feels perfect and this one is actually the very first to get made so it makes it that much more special. Don't hesitate to add this amazing instrument to your collection!

Includes a hardshell case and humidifier.

Essential Accessories & Popular Customizations

Maoli Nō Features:

  • Tenor 4-string `ukulele
  • Premium Curly koa body
  • `Iliahi TRU bracing
  • Ōhi`a lehua lining
  • Koa tail & heel blocks
  • `Ōhi`a lehua front and back binding
  • “He ali`i ka `āina he – kauā ke kanaka” rosette in koa and sand
  • Koa neck with an `ōhi`a lehua center strip
  • `Ōhi`a lehua fretboard and bridge
  • Kahili with crossed hoe position markers in sand
  • Koa head plate with logo in sand
  • Open Geared Gold tuners
  • Black Tusq nut and saddle
  • Ebony bridge pins
  • Aquila Corde strings
  • UV Cured High Gloss finish

Measurements: Tenor
Total Scale Length: 17”/43.18cm
Body Length: 12”/30.48cm
Overall length: 27”/68.58cm
Nut Width: 1.5”/38.15mm
Lower Bout Width: 9.25”/23.5cm
Upper Bout Width: 6.75”/17.15cm
Lower Bout Depth: 2.75”/6.99cm
Upper Bout Depth: 2.5”/6.35cm

String Spacing
At Nut: G to C = 10.5mm  G to A = 29.5mm
At 12th Fret: G to C = 12.5mm  G to A = 36mm
At Saddle: G to C = 15.5mm  G to A = 44.5mm

More Information

We interviewed Joe at NAMM 2016 when they released this model-


This ukulele comes with the Kanile'a custom gig-case.
Much more rugged than the average gigbag, this heavy-duty "gig-case" comes with more padding and reinforcement panels built-in for extra protection and support.
Heavy-duty zippers, backpack straps, two front storage compartments, as well as padded neck support with a velcro strap to secure the neck during travel. The exterior has a multi-layered construction to provide a durable barrier between the instrument and any kind of moisture.
Humidifier (Options at the "Humidifier Options above)
Another option is to add a ukulele humidifier. This is required if you live in a low humidity area or if you use indoor heating/cooling, especially for areas with winter seasons or hot summers. If you are heating the air in your house, the air will become extremely dry. Regardless of the outside humidity levels, the indoor humidity levels will drop dramatically once the air is heated. The same is true for air conditioning, usually not as drastic of a humidity drop as a heater, but it will remove a significant amount of moisture from the air as well. In either case, it is always a good idea to supplement with a humidifier that you store in the case with the instrument while not in use. This is usually a requirement by Ukulele manufacturers in order to keep the instrument covered under warranty. In order to humidify the instrument, you will need a case for the humidifier to work properly and you will need to maintain the humidifier by refilling it as needed.

Other Options (Many found in the essential accessories above)
Another option is to switch your string set or change from high G tuning to low G tuning or vice-versa. Just buy add the strings you want and choose the restring option at the string listing. 
After adding this instrument to your shopping cart, you can add extra accessories from the website or from this page. installation of strap button(s) if you like to use a strap
Add a pickup installation so you can play through an amplifier.
Get a free shipping quote by adding this to your cart. If your cart reaches $500 dollars or more, domestic US orders will receive free FedEx 2 day shipping. (2 business days is the time in transit once the instrument departs)
There is a special instructions box where you can add notes or preferences that our setup or shipping department needs to be aware of.
Before being shipped, your instrument will first go through our setup department. The processing time before shipment will depend on the setup option chosen. See additional tabs for more information on our setup process, turnaround time, and shipping. 

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Setup Options


Current Turnaround Time: Amount of time before shipping-
Full Setup: 7-9 Days
Full Setup RUSH: 2-4 days
Basic QC Only: 2-4 days

Basic Quality Control - $0.00 (Always Free)

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 - $40.00 for Ukuleles Under $399 / Free for Ukuleles $399+ 


-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. 



Shipping Information


For more even more details and FAQ visit our Shipping Page under the Company Info tab at the header menu.

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 ( veronica@theukulelesite.com). 

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. 


*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.

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