Hawaiian Makers from the 2nd half of the 20th c. click for more

OKona Tenor Ukulele
OKona Tenor
courtesy of Ukulelefriend.com
Though in other parts of the world the Ukulele has gone in and out of fashion a few times, in Hawaii it has always held a bit more popularity (though here too it has had upturns and downturns) I have entries for the makers of the first half of the 20th century and entries for the current ones so here is the entries for some of the luthiers and firms who tried to produce quality Ukuleles in the 2nd half of the 20th century even in the last quarter when they were really in a downturn but are no longer in business today.

Andy Berard - OKona

From Kona, Hawaii, he was a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii and died in 2005

Peter Bermudez - Hai'ku

I believe he started some time in the 1970's, in Kaneohe, Oahu, and was a full time luthier. Joe Souza who founded Kanile'a was his apprentice and learned the art of luthiery from him in the 1990's. He marked his work with a soundhole stamp or label and was very fond of Lili'us

Ron Yasuda

He got his start making Ukuleles for Kamaka from 1958 to 1977, during their "gold label" years. He was employed as one of Kamakas hearing impaired workforce so was presumably, at least partially deaf. Upon retirement he started up on his own and I don't know when he stopped making Ukuleles but the last firm date I have is for the Pineapple in 2001. I have read people say he worked exclusively in koa, this isn't true, he worked mainly in koa but I have seen Ukuleles of his in other native Hawaiian woods.

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