Pops began making ukuleles in the early 90s by producing miniature ukuleles for Japanese tourists. Rather than drawing inspiration from the companies that had already made a name for themselves, he would build the miniature ukuleles with precision watch making tools. His spirit for the unique and wonderful continues in the work his sons Paul and Alan do today at KoAloha and in his retirement years, we are absolutely delighted to be the first European dealer to stock his Pops custom ukuleles (also known as
The pineapple Sunday is Pop's own quirky way of progressing the traditional pineapple ukulele design. It's unique body shape is actually slightly more inspired by a pineapple than the original Kamaka pineapple and the body shape offers are slightly warmer sound than a traditional shaped ukulele. The blind embossing in the top and the sillouhette the instrument produces mean that once you see a pineapple Sunday, you are going to remember it forever. We were over the moon when Pops agreed to make one masterpiece collection model for us to accompany the Thai made Thai-Pi models produced by the team behind Rebel and the Opio ukuleles.
These ukuleles are fabulous and use especially gorgeous koa wood from Pop's private stash but they are not immune to cosmetic flaws.
Pops is producing them in a home workshop so they have a similar workshop rustic vibe to instruments like Ana'Ole, Sumi, Naturel or smaller custom shop builders. We have tried our best to include photographs of the larger imperfections or dings we have found for your reference but a certain element of Wabi-Sabi (loving them in part, because of their imperfections) is required.
Solid koa top, back and sides 436mm scale length 37mm nut width Mahogany neck Flamed Maple headplate Ebony fretboard and bridge Maple fretboard inlays Planetary geared tuners Uke-Reka high G clear fluorocarbon strings 60mm body depth 28mm G to A string spacing Satin finish NuBone nut and saddle
Trying to condense the entire story of Alvin 'Pops' Okami into a couple of paragraphs is impossible. The story of how Pops came to found
KoAloha ukuleles alone is a fascinating journey that inspired a documentary in 2008 called 'The KoAloha story'. Dozens of whimsical legendary stories, have been picked up from the KoAloha family, friends and the man himself over the years - his legend and the legacy he leaves the ukulele world at this point in his life is undisputable.
Pops produces these ukuleles by himself from his home workshop in Hawaii and although some of them have arrived with minor cosmetic issues. It is a real treat to have a ukulele from the grandfather of KoAloha, a true Hawaiian music legend and spiritually one of the people that truly embodies Aloha spirit. I found playing these ukuleles that they share the DNA of the current crop of Hawaiian made KoAlohas. The sound and look beautiful and unlike anything else on the planet and it's just extra special to be able to try these ukuleles and trace KoAloha back to the companies roots.