Pohaku Ukulele (Peter Hurney)

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Peter Hurney is a Berkley based luthier who makes characterful ukuleles for characterful musicians such as Tippy Canoe, Uni and Her Ukulele and Craig Robertson. You can check out his ukuleles on his website.

Pohaku Review

I own two of Peter’s ukuleles. If I could afford them I would own more. The first uke I bought from Peter was a curly mahogany with cedar top soprano. It is simply one of the best sounding musical instruments I’ve ever heard. I can play it side by side with any other good ukulele and everyone, including non ukulele players is impressed.

Peter also has a wonderful sense of fun. I think many of his instruments are visually both clever and lovely.


On Video

Ami Worthren (of Mad Tea Party) rocks out on her Pohaku ukulele.


  1. Richard November 12th, 2011 8:41 pm

    I just purchased a Pohaku concert 10 in Koa (I wanted a concert with a sound closer to a soprano but never cared for super sopranos). It is a very fine instrument. You can call him directly and he will help you get the Uke that would suit you. Every detail is how it should be and astheticly pleasing. They are expensive but not when you compare to other American made ukuleles. I also liked knowing that Peter actually made the instrument and not an apprentence.

  2. clinton ferrell March 18th, 2014 6:16 pm

    Peter is simply a great ukulele builder, and as an amature builder, making my own ukuleles, I still want one of his!

  3. Jack Fuller June 25th, 2014 3:49 am

    I just received my first Peter Hurney built Tenor Ukulele. I wanted something a little different and I liked the art deco look. I asked Peter to use his judgement and what I wound up with is a jaw dropping gorgeous Ukulele. It was far better than I had imagined. I can`t thank him enough for his kindness and artistry.

  4. Gary February 1st, 2019 3:39 am

    I went to my local acoustic guitar shop to get a ukulele, convinced I wanted a Koa uke from one of the Hawaiian K’s. After playing several, the one that spoke to me was an all-mahogany concert ukulele from Pohaku. It was love at first listen.

    After playing that concert for a couple years, I sought out Peter Hurney for a tenor ukulele, and this time got a beautiful Art Deco, Koa uke. Both instruments are wonderful, and Peter is an amazing luthier and all-around nice guy.

  5. Derek Chang October 24th, 2021 6:07 am

    These are the Best Ukuleles money
    can buy with real Hawaiian lineage!

    They have Great Sound and are made
    with the Finest Quality materials.

    Peter is an Awesome Luthier with a
    fine eye for detail.

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