Luthier's Blog

About Honua Ukulele

​​​Owner Luthier:  Makoto (Mac) Harada

I came to Hawaii as a tourist in 2002 and met a small four string instrument 'Ukulele'.  I bought it as a souvenir.  I learned how to play an ukulele from Mr. Takayuki Mori, who is an award-winning ukulele luthier.  Meeting with him 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 worked for two other ukulele factories,  These experiences gave me a chance to learn different methods of ukulele building.

In October 2013, I launched my own ukulele business, Honua Ukulele.