Johnah Kumalae was part of the second generation of ukulele makers starting in 1911. He quickly became one of the most prodigious ukulele makers around – making around 300 a month according to Jim Beloff’s The Ukulele: A Visual History. This may account for the fact that, despite them being high quality ukuleles, they can usually be bought cheaper than most Hawaiian ukuleles of the same era.
The Kumalae name has been relaunched recently. But the ukuleles they’re currently producing aren’t anywhere near the standard of the original Kumalaes.
Jake Wildwood picks out a tune on a Kumalae.