Building a Pono Ukulele

“Keep it Pono” is local for, do it right, or show excellence in what you do. For Ko’olau owner John Kitakis,  affordable excellence has been a search and struggle. But the light at the end of the tunnel keeps getting brighter,

“All of this has not been a waste of time. After over 8 years we finally have the Pono line working.”

It’s true. The level of quality now seen was the goal from the very beginning.

This is an overview of the Pono Ukulele build process,  from rough cut lumber to a professional instrument. Check it out~

Pono is continuing it’s pursuit for the highest quality import. We are extremely happy with the progress made and are proud to be a part of this wonderful project.Let us know with any questions or suggestions…and leave a comment below..share your thoughts,

Aloha friends, until next time~

Pono Factory tour-21

Comments 6

  1. I have 2 ponos, the AC and the MCD, and I couldn’t be happier with them (I can see some excess glue from the AC’s soundhole, but to me it doesn’t really affect the sound quality – or does it? – so I’m happy to ignore it). They both have very distinct, but equally delicious sounds, and I love their understated but elegant aesthetic. I’m saving up for the Pono Ebony, and I can’t wait for it to come in later this year!

    Excellence indeed 🙂

  2. Excellent video and a window into the process of building these fine instruments. I’m not surprised by the quality of these ukuleles and the dedication of the builders. I have two Ponos and I’m sure to add a couple more. Exactly right. Affordable excellence. I love my Ponos!

  3. I am so happy that Andrew gracefully (with no agenda at all) suggested I consider purchasing a Pono. I’m thrilled with my ‘first’ Pono being an MT. I’m even more psyched watching this video, realizing the fine materials, intention, and growing craftsmanship that are coming together at Pono. Then I’m really proud that my work/ money spent on my Pono has in some way gone to paying for somebody’s health insurance! Thanks John, Andrew, and all of you at Pono for putting all the pieces together.

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