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I just had to send a note before going to bed tonight.......When my Weissenborn came earlier today, I left it in the box for a number of hours until later this evening since it had been out in the cold and dampness (upstate New York is nothing like Hawaii in December, believe me--I've been both places!) and I wanted to give it some time to acclimate. (It was awfully hard, but I knew it was the right thing to do!) When I opened it tonight, I was a very happy camper! What a beautiful instrument you made. And the full, mellow sound of mahogany is magnificent! As we all know, every guitar has its own sound: I have a few Martins, a Taylor 12-string, and some cheaper guitars, and every one is an individual. When I hit that first open D chord on this instrument tonight, my mind immediately jumped to a statement Cindy Cashdollar made about her genuine 1927 Weissenborn--the sound "shimmers" like the air currents you see rising off of a hot asphalt road on a still summer day. You, sir, have captured that "shimmer" in this instrument! Many years ago my wife became handicapped, and with working and caring for her, I haven't touched a slide guitar (other than a few minutes) since the 1960's. When she passed into Glory about a year and a half ago, I decided it was time to start playing more again. (I play at the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin--not all that great at any of them but I enjoy it. Utterly failed at the banjo.). Frankly, it feels a bit like I have to start over, but I was able to get a couple of half-decent tunes out of the Weissenborn this evening. Thank you for an instrument that sounds magnificent and doesn't cost $5,000! You've given a lot of enjoyment to an old man already! Rest assured, you are doing wonderful things for people who enjoy making music! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks again,

W January 21, 2020

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Great experience with kaka'ako ukuleles especially since it was my first purchase from them. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what condition was the ukelele going to arrive. The ukelele arrived sooner then I expected and in perfect shape. Also I’m so glad Matthew was able to give me a great deal so that I could get the hard case instead of a soft carrying case I’ve seen at the local music store. Thanks Mathew ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Greg Connecticut February 24, 2019

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I recently was lucky enough to acquire a Weissenborn guitar from Kaka'ako Instruments. Had to wait for it but the wait was worth it. The instrument is quality from start to finish. Beautiful inlays, attractive choice of solid mahogany back, sides, and top, with rope binding all around. The fit and finish is perfect from all angles. Then there is the sound. It is crisp and clear and resonant. I have researched Weissenborns from the USA, England, and Australia and the Kaka'ako instrument , for the price, is above them all in quality and sound. The case it came in is superior to most cases available on the net. They provided 2 day free shipping which is unusual. Matthew Nigro is very accommodating and has provided excellent customer service. I highly recommend Kaka'ako Instruments as a place to acquire a quality instrument at a very fair price.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Don M Washington July 15, 2018

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Beautiful instruments. I purchased a spruce top concert uke. Looks and plays great.
Very vibrant , bright sound. Great sustain. Tunes easily and stays in tune. Great value.
Matthew was great to work with. Promptly answered all my dumb questions. Just bought
Two beginner ukes for my grandchildren because of the quality and value of my concert.
When I'm ready for another uke I will certainly call Matthew at Kaka Ako.

Billy S.
May 15 2017


August 23, 2017

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Hi There!

So if you have not heard of Kaka'ako Instruments, you definitely will. The instruments are some of the highest quality Ukuleles on the market, without a steep pricetag. I ordered myself a Concert K2 Acacia, and in comparison to my other Brand Ukes, it just became my #1 to Gig with.  It has such a sweet tone and my K&K Aloha Twin Pickup just really brings out the natural tones of the Acacia. So thrilled, yes I had to go ahead and buy myself the Spruce Top, which wow huge sound. Thank you much Matthew. Couldnt be happier.

Johnny B.


January 17, 2017

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Aloha Matthew,

Wow! What a Beautiful Instrument! I received the Acacia K1 Ukulele in the mail all the way to Wichita! It got here super fast, and I was impressed with the quality and the sound. It definitely exceeded my expectations and its safe to say I am very happy about that.  I will spread the Aloha out here in Kansas! I also want to give a personal thanks for answering our many questions. Thank you much.

Julia and Tim

Wichita, KS

January 5, 2017

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Purchased for my daughter. Super nice on the phone. Answered my questions. Told me options for shipping, etc.Ordered the concert K2. It is as beautiful in person as on their website. Great craftsmanship. Made from 100% acacia wood. No veneers here. The sound is absolutely amazing! She is welcome to visit the shop with any questions or problems should they arise. It was shipped from Hawaii to the mainland. Packaged well and completely ready to be played upon arrival. They did an awesome job setting it up. Momma is happy and daughter is too. She packed it up and took it to college with her . It is definitely a quality instrument meant to last a lifetime! Mahalo Matthew at Kaka'ako Ukes!!

September 2016

September 23, 2016

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"I got my Ukulele in the mail today, very happy with how fast it got here from Hawai'i. Great service, thanks so much for answering all my questions and concerns. The Ukulele is beautiful and sounds great. Thrilled about the whole transaction. You have one very satisfied customer here!!. Thanks Guys!"

Joey R Nebraska June 1, 2016

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Very Happy with the Ukuleles. The craftsmanship is perfect! I order 2 Concerts and a Deluxe Tenor Acacia, all perfect sounding.  I gave the concerts to my children and kept the Tenor for myself. Thank you so much from my whole family! Hope to visit one day. "

Kazu Japan May 27, 2016

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"Aloha Guys

Wow...Opened up the box, super thrilled with the quality, sound and setup. Could not be more happy! I hope to come by your shop sometime in Honolulu! Mahalos.

Larry Big Island, HI May 15, 2016

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"Aloha Kaka'ako Instruments!

Thanks so much for the great instrument! I have been looking for a solid Ukulele and I finally found it! I have had so many problems with other Ukuleles not being intonated and poorly made. These instruments are definitely exceptional quality, they sound amazing, and I can't keep the instrument out of my hands! I am a music student so having a proper Uke is very important. Matt was very helpful, Thanks so much guys!"

Ron P Boston, MA March 28, 2016

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"I recieved my Kaka'ako Ukulele in the mail and I was blown away by the beautiful Acacia, and the figured features of the wood and grain. The abalone inlays are so impressive it is such a joy to play! Perfectly Set up and intonated. I admit I was a bit nervice ordering online, but I am so happy I did. I would not have found such a perfect instrument for the cost anywhere else. Thank you!"


John Chan Los Angeles, CA March 18, 2016