Ohana ukes, sometimes erroneously known as an ukele or ukelele, have
gained some of the most impressive reviews of any type of ukulele. They are not
commonly known in the UK which is a real shame because these instruments can
create awe-inspiring music. Most people opt for Chinese made Ohana ukuleles
because they are available for well under £100. This may not seem all that
impressive until you consider that these Ohana ukes are usually made from solid
mahogany and are available in all regular sizes with a couple of unusual
However, if you can afford to pay a little extra, perhaps you should
look for handmade Ohana ukuleles which are made from Koa wood, specific to the
island of Hawaii. Such ukes are extremely expensive but you are 100% guaranteed
quality because every Ohana uke made in this fashion is rigorously checked for
problems, no matter the model or price. The downside of course is the price
unless you shop online at Southern Ukulele Store which has a ukulele kit for every
budget including a mahogany PK10S Ohana uke for less than £50.
You may hear reviews which state that the finishing and setup of cheaper
Ohana ukuleles is not perfect but don’t let that put you off. It’s hard to
expect the finished article for less than £100 and besides, 99% of uke players
are delighted with the performance of their Ohana ukulele.
There are also some unusual Ohana ukes including the tiny SK-21
sopranino ukulele which is smaller than a standard uke. It is less than 20
inches in total length which makes it one of the finest Ohana ukes a man can
bring on his travels. The CKP-70 is another unconventional Ohana ukulele with
oddly shaped sound holes and an overall teardrop shape. You can find more
information on these fabulous Ohana offerings on YouTube reviews.