Product Review (submitted on December 27, 2012):
I own a Kanile'a concert and now a Pono concert. Obviously the Kanile'a's construction and sound are absolutely top-drawer. But if you are looking for a high quality concert with construction and sound that thrills, you really should consider a Pono.
Attention to detail is very high: not a bad fret alignment or sloppy intonation anywhere. The sound is full and the highs resonate very well. Excellent sustain. I have tried Worths, Southcoast and Mahanas on this uke and they all are just fine: try them all to get the sound you like best.
My concert is a flat finish: different from the UV of my Kanile'a, but I like the simple look. All edges in construction are extremely smooth and the finish is consistent; Quality control is very very good on these instruments.
The neck is somewhat thin and rewards fast fingering. Easy picking and strumming.
I would say that the Pono sound is balanced and clear. It really carries well. If you're looking for a moderately-priced concert uke you owe it to yourself to look at the Pono line. Watch and listen to the HMS videos. This line would be a great present to someone who is intermediate and wants a high quality uke to keep improving. Highly recommended!