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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.

Reef Trophy Series

Each year Reef holds the Haleiwa Surfing Championships which is the First Jewel in the Vans Triple Crown.  For the last 3 years the winners have received a custom made ukelele as trophy.  These ukeleles have been designed and created by Joe Green.  The tradition started in 2010 when the Reef Contest Director bought one of Joe's custom ukuleles as a gift for the winner, Joel Parkinson.  This trophy was so appreciated that the executive approached Joe to build another 4 trophy ukuleles for the 2011 championships.  A design for the carving layout was decided and Joe produced the Koa ukeleles.  The fretboards are solid Ipe, made from the original floorboards of the Surf 'n Sea shop in Haleiwa.  The neck is what Joe calls a 10 piece T-band design, made out of Opuma, Koa and Ipe.

In 2012 Reef asked Joe to build 8 custom ukeleles. A brand new carving design was agreed upon and Joe set off to create the ukuleles. The carving is extraordinary and the sound of the ukuleles is phenomenal.  You can see the designs of the 2011 and 2012 models by clicking on the sub menus and in the Photo Gallery.

Reef Gallery

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