Fender Hau’oli Ukulele

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The Hau’oli is Fender‘s cheapest ukulele. If you’re looking to buy one, be sure to check out the decidedly mixed reviews on this post. Good alternatives for the same price are the Kala KA-TG or the Kala travel ukulele.

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Size: Tenor
Construction: Laminated Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Ebony
Neck: Mahogany
Tuners: Die-cast chrome, geared.
Finish: Satin Polyurethane


  1. Johnny November 7th, 2010 9:26 pm

    Great design and easy playability gives this uke an thumbs up from me.

  2. Stephen G July 10th, 2011 10:41 pm

    I’ve had this uke for almost 2 years now. Overall it has held up very well but if you look closely you can tell that the quality isn’t the best – for instance, the frets were not rounded off on the sides and they will easily snag a nail and do some damage to your fingers. If you are comfortable doing minor adjustments to the frets then it isn’t a bad idea. Aquila strings will bring out the best sound for this ukulele.

  3. jeremy teremoana June 2nd, 2013 9:06 am

    im looking to buy a fender ukulele and i live in australia how much would it be for postage all up

  4. Milly O July 29th, 2013 6:56 pm

    The Hau’oli is the newest addition to my ukulele collection, and in terms of sound it blows the rest away. It’s crystal clear, resonates beautifully, and it makes anything I play sound authentic. The fret ends were a little sharp to begin with they’ve worn down nicely without doing any harm. It may not be the best uke out there but it looks and sounds professional.

  5. Chas C October 22nd, 2013 4:10 pm

    Just bought the Hau’oli from Nevada Music Store near Portsmouth. Surprisingly it came with Fender padded carry bag (not the usual floppy gig bag), Aquila strings and strangely it has a solid mahogany top not laminated as expected (is this Fender counteracting earlier adverse comment?). Great value, great looks, great sound, what is not to like about it.

  6. Paul W December 1st, 2013 9:37 pm

    Hi all I run Modbury Melodies Music Shop, I’ve just taken one of these in to sell for one of my customers, I love it so much I’ve bought it for myself. Sound and playability is great, yeah I would of loved to have a solid wood version but when this sounds and plays as it does what the heck. The Uke clubs round here are using D’Addario EJ87C Concert Ukulele Strings as these are bringing a super play and sound renewing tired old uke’s so give them a go they work a treat on the Hau’Oli.Great Fender look and Playability. Luv It!

  7. Gilda L February 5th, 2014 5:31 pm

    My Fender Hau’oli came tuned 1 step down from GCEA and is tuned FA#DG. Sounds great this way. Very mellow. Handles old 1920-30’s and even some 40’s music beautifully, especially if your voice is lowish for a female.

  8. Thom November 24th, 2016 10:02 pm

    Biggest pain in the ASS to change strings. Whoever thought this was a good method should reconsider!!

  9. Phil July 22nd, 2018 3:22 am

    I’ve had 7 different Ukes all either tenor or concert sized, I actually like the sound on this one the best. I think it’s rather thin wood with rather thin finish are what make the difference. Tuners are good as they are sealed, I am concerned with long wear the body may scratch but again that’s why it’s sounds so good. I’ve had Oscar Schmidts Kalas Lanikais. Get Martin clear fluorocarbon strings for it and it will sing. Aquila are too dark for this. I got it to sound almost like a flamenco guitar and to be honest it projects beautifully. Other ukes sort of die off tone wise if you play notes above the 5th fret, the way i have it now it doesn’t. Still bright. I don’t usually add reviews but had to on this very very impressed.

  10. Michael Mulcahy November 17th, 2019 8:12 pm

    I’ve had mine for a few years and was just looking to buy another for my grandson for Christmas. Mine has become my favorite uke, and I had no idea that it was considered an entry level instrument. I overpaid though. Bought it at Guitar Center for $200. Up until now I thought that the price was more than fair. But if I can get the same thing for $150, it’s a deal!

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