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“E Komo Mai” Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii

“Honu” is Hawaiian for turtle and like the HONU ukulele, the Hawaiian sea turtle is a creature of emotion, grace, and longevity. Playing your honu ukulele will take you to the shores of the Islands of Hawaii where the HONU can be seen swimming to the sweet music of the ukulele.

** Many people ask, "Is the Honu ukulele made in Hawaii?" The current line of Big Island Ukuleles is not made in Hawaii. The Koa wood is harvested, cut, and milled on the Big Island of Hawaii by our parent company and sent overseas to be manufactured into a high quality instrument.

Where is it made, you might ask... As suppliers of koa to ukulele makers around the world, we have a special insight to each one's skill level.

We've found a special factory in Vietnam to work with to provide the attention-to-detail and excellent sound that makes this a high-quality instrument that rivals the best ukulele makers in the world. We hope you will appreciate the value of this high-quality instrument!

Trademark

Trademark

The Island of Hawaii is also known as “The Big Island” because it is the largest of the Hawaiian Island chain.   The owner of the company, having grown up on the Big Island, wishes to share with you the music and Aloha of Hawaii.

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All the models may or may not be available in your country. Please check with your local dealer or distributor.
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Deluxe HONU XXX Series

XXX Special solid premium curly koa Ukulele

SP-KXXX

KXXX-SPF
Soprano XXX
$819.99

KXXX-SPS
Soprano xxx W/ Side Geared Tuners
$839.99

CT-KXXX

KXXX-CTS
Concert XXX w/ Side Geared Tuners
$949.99

TRC-KXXX

KXXX-TR
Tenor XXX
$1,019.99

KXXXE-TR
Tenor XXX w/ Pickup
$1.169.99

KXXX-TRC
Tenor Cutaway
$1.079.99

KXXXE-TRC
Tenor Cutaway w/ Pickup
$1,229.99

Spec

Top, Back, & Sides : Solid Premium Curly Koa

Neck : Mahogany

Fingerboard : Ebony - Abalone HONU

Bridge : Ebony HONU with Ebony Peg

Nut & Saddle:Bone

Tuner Soprano : Custom Gold Friction with Koa Button

Tuner (CT & TR) : Sealed Gold with Koa Buttons

Rosette & Binding : Abalone & Maple

Finish : Gloss

Head

Koa Headplate with genuine Mother of Pearl HONU logo

Tuning gear

GOLD Custom with Solid koa buttons and laser Hawaiian motif; Tenor uses side; sealed 14:1 ratio


Bridge

Hand-carved ebony HONU bridge with ebony & mother of pearl dot pins

Butt and Back

Abalone & Maple binding

Fingerboard

Ebony A-grade Black with abalone HONU position markers

Soundhole

Abalone Double Rosette

Limited Availability and / or custom order

KXXXE-TRC-INF
Tenor Cutaway with FISHMAN
ACTIVE MATRIX INFINITY PICKUP
MSRP $1399.99

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Rope Series

Rope style solid curly koa Ukulele

SP-KRP

KRP-SPF
Soprano Rope
$539.99

KRP-SPS
Soprano Rope W/ Side Geared Tuners
$559.99

CT-KRP

KRP-CTS
Concert Rope w/ Side Geared Tuners
$664.99

TR-KRP

KRP-TR
Tenor Rope
$759.99

KRPE-TR
Tenor w/ Pickup
 $909.99

KRPE-TRC
Tenor Cutaway w/ Pickup
 $969.99

Spec

Top, Back, & Sides : Solid Curly Koa

Neck : Mahogany

Fingerboard : Ebony - Abalone Dot

Bridge : Ebony

Nut & Saddle : Bone

Tuner Soprano: Custom Nickel Friction with Koa Button

Tuner (CT & TR) : Sealed Chrome with Koa Button

Rosette & Binding : Maple & Mahogany Rope

Finish : Gloss

Head

Koa Headplate with genuine Mother of Pearl HONU logo

Tuning gear

SILVER Custom with Solid koa buttons; Tenor uses side; sealed 14:1 ratio


Bridge

Ebony with genuine bone compensated saddle

Butt and Back

Bookmatched koa with Maple binding

Fingerboard

Ebony A-grade Black with abalone position markers

Soundhole

Mahogany and Maple Rope Rosette

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Traditional Series

Koa solid traditional style

SP-KRGT

KT-SPF
Soprano Traditional
$409.99

KT-SPS
Soprano Traditional w/ Side Geared Tuners
$429.99

CT-KRGT

KT-CTS
Concert Traditional W/ Side Geared Tuners
$519.99

TR-KRGT

KT-TR
Tenor Traditional
$609.99

KTE-TR
Tenor w/ Pickup
$759.99

KTE-TRC
Tenor Cutaway w/ Pickup
$819.99

Spec

Top, Back, & Sides : Solid Koa

Neck : Mahogany

Fingerboard : Rosewood - Abalone Dot

Bridge : Indian Rosewood

Tuner Soprano: Custom Nickel Friction with Koa Button

Tuner (CT & TR) : Sealed Chrome 14:1 with Koa Button

Finish : Gloss

Head

Koa Headplate with genuine Mother of Pearl HONU logo

Tuning gear

SILVER Custom with Solid koa buttons; Tenor uses side; sealed 14:1 ratio


Bridge

East Indian Rosewood with genuine bone compensated saddle

Butt and Back

Bookmatched solid koa

Fingerboard

East Indian Rosewood A-grade with abalone position markers

Soundhole

Traditional style for the original sound of the ukulele

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BiG Island Series

Big Island Series

Big Island Series solid Koa, Mango and Khaya Mahogany are made with the same quality construction as the Honu series but with a few slight differences.

They are made with a more traditional three-point head and tie-style bridge. Concert and Tenor models have a slightly bigger body depth and width. The Koa tortoise series uses a combination wood rope and faux tortoise (made in Japan) binding. The Mango series uses Koa binding and extra-large rosette.

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Big Island Series Head Stock

Traditional three-point head stock with Big Island Ukulele Co. logo with abalone inlay standard on all models except the standard mahogany. Koa series come standard with custom-carved koa buttons for both the friction tuner on theTraditional three-point head stock with Big Island Ukulele Co. logo with abalone inlay standard on all models except the standard mahogany. Koa series come standard with custom-carved koa buttons (Mango series uses mango buttons) for both the friction tuner on the Soprano and the geared side tuners on the Concert and Tenor models.

BiG Island Koa Tortoise Rope Series

Tortoise Rope style solid curly koa Ukulele

BI-KTO-SP

BI-KTO-SPF
Soprano Tortoise Rope
$549.99

BI-KTO-CTS

BI-KTO-CTS
Concert Tortoise Rope w/ Side Geared Tuners
$679.99

BI-KTO-TRC

BI-KTO-TR
Tenor Tortoise Rope
$769.99

BI-KTOE-TRC
Tenor Tortoise Rope Cutaway w/ Pickup
$979.99

Spec

Top, Back, & Sides : Solid Curly Koa

Neck : Mahogany

Fingerboard : Ebony - Abalone Dot

Bridge : Ebony

Nut & Saddle : Bone

Tuner Soprano : Custom Nickel Friction with Koa Button

Tuner (CT & TR) : Sealed Chrome 14:1 with Koa Button

Rosette & Binding : Maple & Mahogany Rope + Tortoise

Finish : Gloss

Head

Traditional three-point head with Abalone Big Island logo

Tuning gear

SILVER Custom with solid koa buttons; ALL Concert & Tenor uses side; sealed 14:1 ratio


Bridge

Ebony with genuine bone compensated saddle

Butt and Back

Bookmatched koa with Tortoise & Mahogany/ Maple rope binding

Fingerboard

Ebony A-grade Black with abalone position markers

Soundhole

Mahogany and Maple Rope Rosette

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Big Island Koa Traditional Series

Solid Koa traditional style

SP-KRGT

BI-K-SPF
Soprano Traditional
$419.99

CT-KRGT

BI-K-CTS
Concert Traditional w/ side geared Tuners
$539.99

TR-KRGT

BI-K-TR
Tenor Traditional
$619.99

BI-KE-TRC
Tenor Cutaway w/ Pickup
$829.99

Spec

Top, Back, & Sides : Solid Koa

Neck : Mahogany

Fingerboard : Rosewood - Abalone Dot

Bridge : Rosewood

Nut & Saddle : Bone

Tuner Soprano : Custom Nickel Friction with Koa Button

Tuner (CT & TR) : Sealed Chrome 14:1 with Koa Button

Finish : Gloss

Head

Traditional three-point head with Abalone Big island logo

Tuning gear

SILVER Custom with solid koa buttons; ALL Concert and Tenor uses side; sealed 14:1 ratio


Bridge

East Indian Rosewood with genuine bone compensated saddle

Butt and Back

Bookmatched solid koa

Fingerboard

East Indian Rosewood A-grade with abalone position markers

Soundhole

Traditional style for the original sound of the ukulele

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Big Island Mango Series

Solid Hawaiian Mango Ukulele

BI-KTO-SP

BI-MO-SPF
Soprano Mango
$399.99

BI-KTO-CTS

BI-MO-CTS
Concert Mango w/ Side Geared Tuners
$519.99

BI-KTO-TRC

BI-MO-TR
Tenor Mango
$599.99

BI-MOE-TRC
Tenor Mango Cutaway w/ Pickup
$809.99

Spec

Top, Back, & Sides : Solid Mango

Neck : Mahogany

Fingerboard : Rosewood - Abalone Dot

Bridge : Rosewood

Nut & Saddle : Bone

Tuner Soprano : Custom Nickel Friction with Mango Button

Tuner (CT & TR) : Sealed Chrome 14:1 with Mango Button

Rosette & Binding : Hawaiian Koa

Finish : Gloss

Head

Traditional three-point head with Abalone Big Island logo

Bridge

Rosewood with genuine bone compensated saddle


Heel and Back

Bookmatched Mango with Hawaiian Koa binding

Fingerboard

Rosewood A-grade with abalone position markers

Soundhole

Hawaiian Koa Rosette

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Option Parts & Accessories

AQUILA Strings

Italian-made strings created specifically for the ukulele; made of patented material NYGLUT, a synthetic material that feels, sounds, and resonates like gut strings while offering a longer lifespan and minimal affects to climate. You’ll rediscover the true sound of the ukulele with AQUILA strings.

Pickup

FISHMAN brand pickups made in the USA are used as our standard pickup in the various models. The Fishman Active Matrix Infinity Pickup can be special ordered as an upgrade for any ukulele. This is the same pickup used on the Kamaka “Jake Shimabukuro” signature model. Please ask your local dealer for availability and pricing.

Finish

The Big Island Ukulele Company uses a multiple-coat glossy finish.   A glossy finish is the most difficult to make and still achieve an excellent sound.  Our ukuleles are made with the utmost care to provide a wonderful looking instrument, but most important, an excellent sounding ukulele!   A matte or satin finish is sometimes available- please inquire with your dealer.

Custom Hard Case

Specially-molded and durably constructd case for the Big Island series ukuleles will protect your valuable instrument. Fits most other brands as well. Available in Soprano, Concert and Tenor sizes.

Soprano MSRP $59.99
Concert MSRP $69.99
Tenor MSRP $74.99

Instruction Book + DVD

Learn to play the ukulele with this easy-to-follow DVD and book using the Big Island HONU ukulele!

MSRP $14.95

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Take care of your ukulele with our custom BIG ISLAND UKULELE micro-fiber cleaning cloth 240mm x 240mm (9 1/2” x 9 1/2’’).

MSRP $4.99

Chromatic Ukulele Tuner

Clip-on chromatic tuner specially made for the ukulele. Small, fast, and easy to use. Turns from red to green when in key.

MSRP $14.99

Discontinued Models (Warranty still applies)

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Big Island Ukulele Co.

HONU UKULELE

Famous Hawaiian Koa Wood supplier from the Big Island uses expertise in tonewoods to create the HONU series ukulele by Big Island Ukulele Co. that are suited for every level of player, from recreational to paid professional. Finely handcrafted, one-by-one, for those who are price-conscious but unwilling to sacrifice quality, looks, or feel.