What is Papaloha Ukulele?
My name is Alvin Okami but I’m also known as Papa KoAloha of KoAloha Ukulele in Honolulu, Hawaii. Allow me to offer an explanation regarding the reason behind starting the PAPALOHA brand.
For twenty-five years, KoAloha has been handcrafting ukulele made from koa wood. It is an expensive hardwood that is not as available as other hardwoods and this has always been a silent concern. I finally made the decision to find another hardwood that could be used if koa wood becomes totally unavailable.
My search ended when I experimented and used spruce and pine together. Spruce wood is known throughout the world and recognized as perhaps the greatest tone wood for stringed instruments such as the violin. In fact, the greatest violin maker in the world Antonio Stradivarius utilized spruce wood for his violin faces. Spruce produces the richest sound quality that no other hardwood can match. Pine wood, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of spruce and has the reputation of being a poor quality wood and would never be used to make any kind of valued stringed instrument.
Pine wood is considered as the cheapest and least respected of all hardwoods. However, my experiments using pine and spruce together have shown that combining the richest tone wood with the poorest and least respected hardwood produced a sound that is unbelievable. This rich and poor collaboration produces such an incredible tone, volume and sustain. Equally impressive is the ease of fingering and strumming along with picking and plucking effortlessly.
A new horizon has opened up
and I am so excited to share this new concept of Spruce and Pine partnership that will surprise, excite and delight your tactile and musical senses. You may very well end up playing your Wow or HUI for hours at a time. (At the very least) You have my word and guarantee!
So welcome to the new vision and brand called PAPALOHA!
by Alvin Okami (Pops KoAloha)
1. The Papaloha brand product is a specialty ukulele developed and manufactured by UkeSA Llc. of Hawaii, USA. Alvin Okami himself produces a master build, so the number of production is extremely small, and each model of ukulele are with high quality and rarity.
2. Papaloha brand products have various variations. Therefore, it may be changed, modified or suspended without notice.
3. Sales prices may change without notice due to fluctuations in exchange rates, transportation charges, and raw material prices.
4. The grain pattern of product photos differs from the actual product because it varies depending on the material.
Papaloha Ukulele Domestic Regular Dealer
6-37-3 Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Person in charge / Iko
7CAFE MARKET PLACE
Nanacafe Market Place
(Internet online store)
594 Ueda, Usa City, Oita Prefecture
Person in charge / Yamada
Kurosawa Musical Instrument Store
Doctor Sound Acoustic
3-22 Kagawa Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Inside and outside map building 1.2F
Person in charge / Kobayashi
Open all year round
Opening hours 11: 00 ~ 20: 00
2-1-14 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Person in charge / Okura
Open all year round
Opening hours 11: 00-20: 00
- Heads up -
The Papaloha brand products are available from the official website operated by M I X Inc. who is a total importer and distributor in Japan, as well as 7CAFE MARKET PLACE () , and Shimamura Music, and Dr. Sound Acoustic (Kurosawa Gakki in Ochanomizu Store : Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Surugadai), also Ukulele planet (Ochanomizu station square store) each domestic regular dealer will be sold only.
Please pay attention to fake products, fraud sites and phishing sites that have nothing to do with Papaloha brand products.