About Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele

We specialize in standard to professional grade musical instruments. Each `ukulele is finely hand crafted using the highest grade, well-seasoned wood and scaled to produce a perfect intonation. These instruments are meticulously built by skilled craftsmen, under the guidance of Master Luthier, Joseph Souza.  Our state of the art, humidity controlled facilities in Kāne`ohe, Hawai`i allows Kanile`a `Ukulele to balance “Traditions and Technologies”.  Every ‘ukulele comes with a 100% customer satisfaction, money back guarantee and our industry leading limited lifetime warranty.

Kanile`a means “Joyful Sound”. Experience this joyful sound for yourself, a heartwarming reflection of these Hawaiian Islands that we call home.

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About Kristen and Joe

Joe and Kristen were both born and raised in Kailua on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Joe is the youngest of eight, and Kristen is an only child. Kristen's background is in customer sales and accounting. For Joe, the 'ukulele has always been part of his life. He can recall, from a very young age, going to family parties and everyone sitting in a circle and jamming Hawaiian music on their ... MORE>

Reforestation Project

In 2014, Joe and Kristen Souza adopted a plot of land on Hawaii Island with the hopes to pass down a sustainable legacy of ukulele production to their sons. This project, once thought of as a side investment grew into story much bigger and they expected ... MORE>

Frequently Asked Questions

  How do I order a Kanile`a `Ukulele? We at Kanile’a ‘Ukulele want to make purchasing or ordering your new instrument as easy as possible. If you feel more comfortable making a purchase over the phone, call us at 808-234-2868 to speak with our incredible office team. They can answer any questions you may have. […]MORE>


Kanile’a ‘Ukulele and Islander by Kanile’a (www.islanderukulele.com) have been featured in numerous magazine ads over the years. Here are some of our favorite magazine ads featuring our hand-crafted instruments! Click on the photo to enlarge.MORE>

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Check out our calendar and come visit us at our next special event. We can't wait to meet you ... MORE>

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The FDNY Tenor

Kanile'a 'Ukulele was very fortunate to be part of a heart touching event. Most people know of Joe Souza the Master Luthier, but not too often do our customers get to know Fire Fighter II Joseph N. Souza III from Ladder 17. Joe has been a proud member of the Honolulu Fire Department for over fifteen years. When a colleague of his, Lopaka Ho'opi'i mentioned he wanted something special to .... MORE>

Spread Aloha through Music

  • Ke kanile‘a maika‘i pū kākou!
  • The joyful sound that is pleasing to all!
    Ua hana i Hawai‘i nei
  • Made in Hawai`i