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  • Tenor with carved Fishhooks and Turtle

    Made out of Koa with carved double fishhooks and a Honu (turtle) this uke represents the connection between the Hawaiian People and the Ocean.

  • Head and neck of the Reef 2011 Trophy Ukulele

    10 piece T-band neck out of Koa, Opuma and Ipe. Grover tuners.

  • Sound hole detail on Reef 2011 Trophy Ukulele

    Sound hole with wave carvings and Joe's logo inside the body. 6 String Koa Tenor. (#40)

  • Back detail on the Reef 2011 Trophy Ukulele

    Detailed carvings on the back show a palm, the Haleiwa bridge and breaking waves at Ali'i Beach Park.

  • Joe in the middle of Reef 2011 and other Ukuleles

    The harvest of the 2011 building season for Reef Trophy Ukuleles and a selection of other ukes.

  • Mango wood ukelele

    Concert sized body with tenor size neck. Mango with Ipe fretboard.

  • Carved Honu and Makau

    The turtle and two fish hooks are carved out of Ipe. The bridge is a Sunrise Shell.

  • Carved Bridge

    This ukelele has 3 sound holes and an extended fretboard (Ipe) with an additional hole.The bridge is carved with a sun pattern.

  • Spalted Mango

    Mango top Tenor with carved bridge out of Lacewood.

  • Bridge carved as iwa.

    Iwa (fregat bird) carved in the bridge; note the tail carved sound hole in the spruce top.

  • Carved top and bridge of Reef 2012 Trophy

    Fine craftsmanship in the carving.

  • Carved back of Reef 2012 Trophy

    The Haleiwa bridge and the islands of Hawaii are carved in the koa back.


Joe has spent years learning from many master craftsman, including the well known and respected ukulele maker, Leif Anderson. Leif comes from a long line of ukulele Luthier’s and is a 3rd generation ukulele maker. Making Joe one of his apprentices, the two spent countless hours together prepping exotic Hawaiian woods like koa, mango, and opuma, bending sides, shaping fret boards. Honing their skills with each and every ukulele they’ve made. And the results speak for themselves.  Joe is not afraid to experiment.  He loves to use sustainable woods in his ukes.  Ipe from the floor boards of Surf N Sea or wood recovered from renovation projects.  Joe doesn't like to see string knots on his ukes.  That's why he guides the strings through the bridge into the body.  Since modern strings hardly break the extra work of fishing the replacement string through the sound hole is a valid tradeof to seeing the ugly knots. 

Reef Trophy Ukeleles

Joe builds the ukekeles that each year are given to the winners of the Reef Surfing Championships as part of the Vans Triple Crown Championship.  View the ukeleles under the Reef section of the menu.  

Custom Ukeleles

Every ukulele Joe builds is unique.  View them in the Gallery and in the Custom Ukulele section of the menu.


Contact Joe and discuss your needs.  You can select a style as seen in the Galleries or codesign a custom ukelele with Joe. 


Basic models are in the $600-$800 range.  Custom ukuleles with multi-piece necks, extended fretboards, carved bridge or carved body start at $1250 (and up). 

3D Interactive Models

A number of ukuleles can be viewed as 3D models.  Click on the spinning ukulele and drag it around with your mouse to see front, back, side, top and bottom.  Have fun!  Note that you need to have the Java plug-in loaded and enabled in your browser.

Ukulele Gallery

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