Kumalae Ukulele

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.

On Video

Jake Wildwood picks out a tune on a Kumalae.

On eBay


  1. Hillfield July 19th, 2010 2:38 pm

    idiosyncratic, beautiful (what a sexy waist!!), light as a feather, big bloody barking tone… by far the loudest uke I’ve come across! I love ‘em. this is not one I’d play every day, but one I don’t think I’ll ever part with – uncracked, Style Zero, with one previous owner. the tastiest uke I’ll ever own…

  2. samantha curtis December 13th, 2011 4:16 am

    Hi there,
    I have a Jonah Kumulae 1915 Ukulele in great condition that I would like to have valued.
    Do you know of anywhere in Australia that I can have this done. I might like to sell it.

  3. Manoel October 11th, 2014 7:08 pm

    What do you think about the Ukulele Kumalae. He is better than Kala?

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