Luthier's Blog in Japanese

About Honua Ukulele


​​​        Owner & Luthier:  Makoto (Mac) Harada

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.
I came to Hawaii first time as a tourist in 2002 and met and bought a small four string instrument 'Ukulele' as a souvenir.  And then I learned how to play an ukulele from Mr. Takayuki Mori, who is an award-winning ukulele luthier.  Meeting with him also inspired me to build an ukulele.
In 2006, I had a chance to move to Hawaii with my family, and I decided to work for an ukulele factory.  After that, I had opportunities to work for two more ukulele factories,  These experiences gave me a chance to learn different methods of ukulele building.
In October 2013, I launched my own ukulele business named Honua Ukulele.  Honua means the mother earth in Hawaiian.