Charlie Fukuba’s I’iwi Ukuleles

Here’s a look at two new ukes from custom builder Charlie Fukuba. Charlie is a full time custom builder in Makakilo on our island here and he makes some of the nicest ukes you will ever find. He’s a musician and veteran luthier and one of my favorite ukulele builders in the world. These two really blew me away. Both are just incredible in all ways.

The sound and feel of this tenor is right there with the absolute best I’ve ever played. Seriously amazing instrument. The concert too! The sound is so impressive on both of them I just want to take them home! This job is rough.

Take a look and listen here, and come up to the store and try yourself. They are some of the finest I’ve ever played.

These will soon be available at The Ukulele Site.

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  1. I strongly recommend this guys work , I have a Tenor and Concert . Light , great tone & looks on both . Would love to hear one with pick up .
    No one would be sorry for buying . These are really both beauties , thanks for showing them , Andrew

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  2. Aloha, Andrew
    I just wanted to thank you for guiding me to the I’Iwi tenor. Simply put, the finest ukulele I have ever played or heard! It is amazing in every way. Playability 10.0 – Beauty and craftsmanship 10.0 – Tone on a 1 to 10 is an 11.0! The bell shaped body coupled with the sound ports and Oasis strings produce the most articulated sound me or my friends have ever heard. As an owner of three custom built ukuleles who I and many others consider to be some of the best luithers building today this sits at the top of my personal list.
    Thanks again… I smile every-time I play it.

  3. I am going to visit Hawaii from 2/18 for couple of weeks. I am Japanese and live in Tokyo.
    Where I can take a look of I’iwi ukulele ? I am interested in Tenor Ukulele and want to visit Charles Fukuba’s shop and factory if possible. I love to play Ukulele like guitar which I used to play.
    Please let me know the place I can visit. I am to stay at Hilton, Honolulu.

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      Hi Shinji, He is just a one man custom shop. He does not take visitors usually because of the time involved. That’s my understanding at least but I will follow up with Charlie and see. Mahalo, hope you can make it out to see us!

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