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The first thing you notice when you pick up a Nalu ukulele is how solid they feel. Even before you play a note, you notice the craftsmanship, quality of the wood and beauty of the instrument. But then you play it and you realize how great the intonation is, how our necks are designed for players, and how wicked great they sound. This is what we strive for at Nalu - for you be blown away by just how great they are.

When you pick up one of our ukuleles to play, there have been many, many ukes that have come before it. We prototype, then we prototype again until it's just right. By the time our ukuleles reach your hands, we've tried out a number of wood combinations, swapped out components, and tried various bindings, nuts, saddles and strings. The ukulele you're playing represents the perfect intersection between the quality of the sound, the integrity of the construction and the accessibility of the price.

We are absolutely in love with these ukuleles and know you will be too.

Hokua

These solid-mahogany ukuleles have beautiful abalone inlay, a well-balanced tone with an emphasis on the midrange, and a nice dynamic range. They are also our broadest line of sizes, styles and finishes.

Papakea

The combination of Sitka Spruce (top) and Rosewood (back & sides) give this beautiful ukulele a warm, rich, balanced sound with great resonance and volume.

Kaiko'o

Well-defined basses and trebles, good volume and excellent distribution of voices provided by the Sitka Spruce (top) and Zebrawood (sides & back) make the Kaiko'o one of our most popular ukuleles.

Ahua

Make no mistake, our "entry-level" ukes are built for players. These solid-mahogany ukes appeal to a broad range of players who like a well-balanced tone and a nice dynamic range.


So what do all the names mean?

If you haven't guessed by now, Nalu means "wave." You see, all of the Nalu partners have a special connection with the ocean, even our poor land-locked partner. So, when it came time to name the company, Nalu, or "wave," just felt like the right thing to do.

As for the other names, we couldn't just let them not be a part of the ocean too: "Ahua" is the beginnings of a wave; "Hokua" the tip of a wave; "Kaiko'o" means powerful wave and "Papakea" is the white cap of the wave.