Kanile’a ‘Ukulele is the sister company of Islander ‘Ukulele and specializes in standard to professional grade musical instruments. Each `ukulele is finely hand-crafted in Hawai’i using the highest grade, well-seasoned wood and scaled to produce a perfect intonation.


1 Koa Tree for 1
Islander Program

In 2019, Islander ‘Ukulele has committed to planting one koa tree for every Islander ‘Ukulele built. 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

100% of the Proceeds Benefits our Native Hawaiian Forests

Ola Ka ‘Āina CD is a compilation of  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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your instruments different than all of the others at this price point?

Every Islander `Ukulele is is accurately measured, fitted and built to the specs of a Kanile`a. This ensures you receive decades of R&D from Joseph Souza himself for a price we know you can love. Islander Specs listed below…

  1. Kanile`a 1st Generation Bracing System
  2. 1 ½ inch at the Nut
  3. Bridge Pin Method of Fastening the Strings
  4. Highest Quality Parts Used
What are the most popular Islander ‘Ukulele instruments?

Our most popular Islander ‘Ukulele instruments are the  MC-4 and AC-4 concert ‘ukuleles, GL-6 guitarlele, and the ASMG mini guitar.

However, all Islander ‘Ukulele instruments are designed with the same trusted quality and sound of Kanile’a ‘Ukulele. Browse through all Islander ‘Ukulele instruments in our Shop page.

Which strings do Islander `Ukulele use?

Islander utilizes an Italian-made Aquila Corde Super Nylgut `ukulele strings. These Super Nylgut strings are designed as a contemporary synthetic string that carries the same acoustic properties as a traditional gut string with the durability and longevity expected of a modern string. Many of our customers and dealers prefer the “white” Aquila strings because of the brilliant tones they produce which aid in giving that unique Islander tone.

We understand that each `ukulele player has their own vision of a sound they would like their instrument to produce. We urge all `ukulele players to outfit there Islander to the strings they prefer.

Our Guitarlele and GL-6 are outfitted with custom GHS Strings. Very few retail stores and online stores carry such strings. You are able to purchase GL-6 Strings at https://www.kanileaukulele.com/product-category/accessories/accessories-strings/

Do you really reforest?

Yes, our reforestation project is in Kealakekua, Kona, located on the Big Island of Hawai`i. Islander `Ukulele made a commitment in 2019 that for every Islander `Ukulele built, we will plant 1 Koa Tree. If you would like to learn more about our reforestation project, or you would like to sponsor a Koa Tree, visit https://reforesthawaii.org

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