Hawaiian Makers from the early days to WWII click for more

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Hawaiian Ukulele Co. Soprano
Hawaiian Ukulele Co.
In researching the early period of Ukulele manufacture in Hawaii from 1890 to the Second World War, I come across a lot of referenced to small or short lived manufacturers some of whom were one man luthier shops, some tried to be big business but now there is not much to show from them beyond footnotes in someone else's biography or perhaps that dusty old Ukulele you find in the attic? If you look at the Ukulele Hall of Fame reference section you will see a number of Hawaiian Ukuleles from this period whose maker is "Unknown" perhaps they are examples for some of the people I have found reference to here?
(I should also note that some of these may actually be the brand names of Mainland makers who were pretending to be Hawaiian. After all this practice is what lead to the need for the Tabu mark, and if it was difficult to find out where the actual Ukulele was made then, it usually hasn't got any easier!)

David Mahelona

He may have worked for Jonah Kumalae prior to setting up on his own in the 1920's and he famously made a Ukulele for King David Kalākaua

Hawaiian Ukulele Co.

They made Ukuleles for Sherman Clay & Co. as well
Obviously  nothing to do with the Hawaiian Ukulele Co shop est 1984

Louis A. Gaspar

He was Sam Kamaka Snr's Brother in Law and was taught Ukulele making by him, (I have heard he was a Violin maker previous to making Ukuleles?). He had his own workshop in Wailuku, Maui and by most accounts his Ukuleles were crudely made, very unsymmetric and prone to breaking. However they are suppose to sound good and are quite sought after due to the Kamaka connection. He appears to have made mainly Pineapples, though I have seen a figure 8 that was made by him, (in bits as the owner was trying to fix all of its faults!) and had the innovation of an early Fenderesque tuner configuration on a lot of his output that I have seen.

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