21st c. Luthiers from Hawaii click for more

Brian Derek Keirnan k side uke inlayed tenor Ukulele
K Side Ukes
In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Brian Kiernan - K Side Ukes

A member of the Big Island Luthiers Guild he is based in Kainaliu on the Big Island where he runs a music shop called Kiernan Music Co. He started in the 1970’s as an apprentice in New York learning to make Archtop Guitars; which are still his primary focus. In 2006 he started making, initially traditional Tenor scale Ukuleles along with his son Derek Kiernan (who learned luthiery from his Dad and spent a few years at Goodall Guitars too), and calling the output K Side Ukes. They now make other more contemporary looking Ukuleles as well.

Mike Perdue - Lilinoe Lifestyle

A member of the Big Island Luthiers Guild he is based in Hilo on the Big Island and makes all sizes of Ukulele. He also runs a Gallery / Showroom where he sells his own and other local luthiers Ukuleles plus other wood related items

Paul Arrington - Pololu

Based in Kalaheo on the Big Island he is another member of the Big Island Luthiers Guild who teaches the art of Ukulele making as well as making all the standard sizes of Ukulele plus Superconcerts and Jumbo Tenors of his own.  Originally a surgeon he is now retired and learned to make Ukuleles from Sam Rosen. He has been doing so now since 2010, (when it was safe? if he lost a finger!). The name Pololu, in Hawaiian means a heavy spear.

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