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Eden Kai (Yusuke Aizawa 鮎澤悠介) with Imua ukulele
Eden Kai(鮎澤悠介)
Singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar & ukulele virtuoso, composer, actor

Website: www.EdenKai.com

18歳の高校生・ギター & ウクレレの演奏、シンガーソングライター、作曲、俳優。
1998年日本生まれ、ハワイ州ホノルル在住。三ヶ国語が飛び交う環境で育ち: 日本語、英語、中国語が堪能。 3歳頃からリトミッククラス、5歳から劇団に入り、演技やダンスを習い、子役でTV番組、CM等に出演。 8歳頃からESPミュージカルアカデミー(東京) に入り、ダンス、ボーカル、ステージ・パフォーマンス等を習い初め、11歳頃 初めてのオリジナル曲「世界の友達」 をチヤリテイ・ソングとしてデビュー。 13歳頃からギターを習い始め、14歳の時(2013年)ハワイの高校に入り、 ウクレレも習い始め、16歳の時 2015年4月ハワイの各高校の代表が出場するタレント・ショー「Brown Bags to Stardom 2015」大会で優勝。 界の著名アーティストであるブルーノ・マースさん、ジェイク島袋さんや伊藤由奈さんなどが受賞してきた有名なタレント発掘ショーの2015年チャンピオンを16歳で受賞。同年 ギター・ソロ・デビュー・アルバム “Touch the Sky”をリリース。 “Touch the Sky”は、39th Na Hoku Hanohano Awards 2016 の「 Instrumental Album of the Year」の最終選考の作品となった。 “Touch the Sky”は、第2回 2016 ハワイ・ミュージック・アワード・ジャパン の「2016日本ハワイアン・アルバム特別賞」2016 Hawaii Music Awards Japan — Special Recognition Award。2016年12月 ウクレレ・ギター ・ソロ. アルバム “Feel the Earth” をリリース。 テラスハウス アロハステート 初期メンバー出演。

Award:

Brown Bags to Stardom 2015
Album “Touch the Sky” — 2016 Hawaii Music Awards Japan – Special Recognition Award

Usaburo Mendenhall with Imua Ukulele
Usaburo David Mendenhall

Watch Video: While My Mach 4 Gently Weeps

Usaburo was born in Fukuoka, Japan on September 16th, 2003 and currently attends Kaimuki Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He spent most of his childhood in Fukuoka and is bilingual in both Japanese and English. He is an up and coming ukulele star, gaining recognition at local ukulele events. He placed 2nd in the 2015 Dukes Ukes contest and 3rd at the 2016 International Ukulele competition held in Waikiki. He guest stars with other musicians at local restaurants, festivals, and charity events, and there’s a good chance you can find him on a Saturday night with family and friends, playing ukulele on Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki. Usaburo held solo ukulele performances in December 2015 at both Meade and Fowler nursing homes in rural Kansas. He's been awarded at school for his responsibility, respect, kindness, and patience, and also by his peers as class clown. Other then ukulele, Usaburo likes playing basketball and computer games, and loves spending time with family and friends, entertaining them with his wit and humor.

Kamuela Kahoano with Imua ukulele custom cutaway
Kamuela Kahoano
Na Hoku Award Winning Artist

Website: www.kamuelamusic.com

Kamuela Kahoano (born in December 27, 1980) is a singer/songwriter and music producer from Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. He comes from a family of entertainers, and his music has elements of acoustic, folk, indie, and alternative with Hawaiian influences . He performs solo and was formerly the lead singer of the band Analog(ic). He is an accomplished player of both the ukulele and guitar, playing both left-handed; he also plays the djembe.
Kahoano's debut album, Green Light Go, was released January 2007. His latest, Stream Dreams, was released July 14, 2010.

Award:

Kahoano won a Na Hoku award in 2011 for Rock Album of the year.

Ukulele:

Kamuela’s acoustic ukulele of choice is the custom, left-handed cutaway manufactured in Honolulu, HI by Imua Ukulele Inc. factory.

Kamuela Kahoano Rocks Imua Ukulele at Summer NAMM 2013

Kamuela Kahoano playing at the Imua Ukulele Booth at Summer NAMM, Nashville, TN. He plays a custom left hand cutaway tenor koa Imua.

th GRL(s) Nancy Luca, Suzanne Graham, Karen Reed

th GRL(s) Nancy Luca, Suzanne Graham, Karen Reed

Karen Reed

Website: www.karenreed.com

Karen burst onto the LA music scene with a fresh blend of folk-rock and blues performed with a unique guitar/ukulele-inspired flair. Her debut record, “True North,” produced by singer-songwriter and guitarist Janet Robin (Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply) features 10 original songs as well as an instrumental cover of the Don McLean classic, “Vincent” (“Starry, Starry Night”) on ukulele.

Karen did electric blues jammin' in the IMUA Ukulele at NAMM 2015

Gareth-Malone a choirmaster
Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone is choirmaster who has done shows in the UK where he has taken groups of people with no singing experience up to a standard of public performance.

Radio Times article "Choirmaster turns off talent show -for Game of Thrones"

Michelino a ClownDoctor
Michelino Widmer

Michelino Widmer, a Clown & Dr. Schrammel, a ClownDoctor & he plays ukulele and banjolele in his performances in schools & kinder garden, on stages & in the children hospitals of Salzburg city and country. He is a member of the clown orchestra of the ClownDoctors Salzburg and he gives workshops for clowning and music in hospitals for ClinicClowns in Austria and for children and families and everybody who wants to take part.

If he is in the hospital his small banjolele or his sopranino ukulele come out like medicine of his old leather doctor bag. Often the atmosphere in the room is immediately changing. The uke could give accompaniment to a song or a dance with puppets or objects or just give some musical atmosphere to the story the ClownDoctors are developing and improvising.

Resource

Ukulele Underground

Website: www.ukuleleunderground.com

Ukulele Underground

Ukulele underground is an online base of ukulele info. They offer world class online ukulele lessons, a fun staff, and a forum page like none other in the music world. These guys live and breathe the ukulele, and we love them for it!

Forum Page

Watch Video:

Under Ground Youtube Video - NAMU 2016 - Imua Ukulele
Under Ground Youtube Video - Uke Minutes 13 -how to do a Tremolo

Fan's Rave about IMUA

Here are more comments from imua players:

2013.11.26

Hi Jorma,
I was so interested that I bought a tenor at Hawi Gallery this morning. Not the cutaway but an iTE-C #0373. I've been playing it all day. Really great ukulele!!! Anything you call tell me about it's build, specs, what the serial indicates, etc. would be appreciated but there's no rush. I had been following Shinji Takahashi for a while after I saw his ukulele that won the builders award in Hawaii a few years ago. I also saw a video of his shop in Nagano with Bosco and Honey. I was really pleased to find he was building Imua's. Then all of sudden there were those 2 beauties at my friend Richard's shop. I love the way it's all about tone, playability and finish and you've made the choice to skip the usual bling. I love simple elegance and great design. I know this uke is just getting started and it already sounds great. Looking forward to hearing from you and maybe even meeting you. I live in North Kohala.
Aloha & Mahalo
Joeyl

Michael Munro of the US wrote:

2013.11.17

Hi, Bought Imua iC 0328 (which I love, by the way) two weeks ago from Hawi Gallery. I'm having trouble finding ORCAS strings to have on hand when it\'s time to re-string. Do you sell them? Any recommendation where to buy?
Mahalo,
Michael

From Imua Ohana

Mahalo for your kind words, Michael. We are working on getting our dealers with the Orcas strings, but if they cannot help, we will send a set for $12 plus $2 S&H. Orca strings are black, fluorocarbon strings made in Japan that have a very high clarity loved by professional players. They tend to be quite thin so they may not work on every ukulele on the market since every nut slot is different.

Dealer in Germany, Musikhaus Thomann e.K.

Hello Mr Winkler, we met on the last Frankfurt trade fair and we had a interesting conversation about your Imua Ukuleles. Now in only four months Thomann sold nearly the complete first order of six instruments :-)

Terry Evans of the US says:

22013.10.12.

Hello Folks, I have done a lot of research bout your company, and have spoken to a few dealers that may carry your ukuleles. I absolutely love the looks of your uke, and would like to have one. Can you tell me what dealer has your new batch?
Regards,
Terry

From Imua Ohana

Imua says: Mahalo Terry! We are so sorry if you cannot find the instrument you desire at a dealer near you. We make so few that I know many people around the world are left waiting longer than we care to have them wait. Our suggestion is to contact us directly, like you have, so we can point you in the direction of a dealer closest that has the ukulele you want.
In the very near future, you will be able to order from our site and the order will be filled by the nearest dealer and in the case no dealer has that item, we will fill the order. I first priority is to our dealers who work day in and out promoting our instruments!

Lewis Banbury of the UK says:

2013.09.23

I have recently become the proud owner of one of your ukuleles. I am on vacation in Waikiki for a few days, and would really like to visit and see how you make your instruments. Is this possible? Do I need to book a visit or are there set times that I can be there? Regards Lewis Bambury

From Imua Ohana

First of all, THANK YOU! MAHALO! We would not exist without players like you!!! Yes, PLEASE visit! To your question… We welcome all! In the near future we will have scheduled tours but for those random visits by players like yourself please come and visit to see us in action!

UPDATE on the VISIT

2013.10.12

Lewis came by and was amazed at our place and even prouder to know he bought a great instrument. It was funny since a few days earlier I was visiting Maui and stopped by that dealer, Hawaii Ukulele and Gift and he was telling us about the having sold one of our ukulele just the previous day. And that was only having received the order a few days prior to that! Then later in the week I get a visit from that same player who bought the iMUA in Maui! It was great!

Martin says:

2013.09.22

Hello I like your ukuleles .I live in the UK and see that Eagle Music in Huddersfield stocks your ukuleles .Do you have anywhere else in the UK that stocks your instruments? Secondly, do you or would you supply a concert with friction tuners.? I am not a big fan of geared tuners on ukuleles .If you would supply a concert with FT,s would it be the same price from the shop, ie would you supply the shop with it and me pick it up? If I order from you direct, import duty will increase the price by a quarter. Do you use Grover tuners on the soprano? You do make great ukes though.
All the best to your company.
Martin.

From Imua Ohana

Yes, we can do as you ask on all counts. We use our own brand of tuners now. We used to use Grover but found out we could supply a better item doing it ourselves… we can also install the Gotoh tuners. They are coming out with some amazing new geared friction tuners! Eagle Music is a wonderful shop in the UK!

Tatsuji of Japan says:

2013.02.17

Hello, I am a really beginner player, and bought above Uke Feb09 at PuaPua. This is really fit for me, and gave me easy access to the higher code such as E(Tub=7789), which I have been having difficulty on my soprano Uke. I played this Uke at Ukulele picnic 2013 on Sunday(Feb10), and I really enjoyed Hawaiian life. Thank you. I hope my playing skill should improve by this nice gear.
Best regards,
Tatsuji

From Imua Ohana

Much Mahalo Tetsuji! We love it when players let us know how it is going with our instruments. Will we see you at the ukulele picnic in 2014?

Imua Ukulele Inc

Hawaiian Koa Ukulele, Solid Koa Ukulele, Concert Ukulele, Soprano Ukulele, Tenor Ukulele, Cutaway Ukulele, Curly Koa Ukulele

Imua ukuleles are made in Hawaii from solid Hawaiian Koa wood. Imua ukulele make soprano, concert, and tenor sizes with the cutaway option and also MiSi and Fishman passive and active pickup options. Imua Ukulele also offers a Hawaiian koa curly optional upgrade in regular curly Hawaiian koa and master grade Hawaiian koa.

We encourage you to visit Hawaii and see our ukulele factory. While in Hawaii you should be sure to visit not only our Imua Ukulele factory, but also take the time to visit Kamaka Ukulele, KoAloha Ukulele, Koolau Ukulele, Kanilea Ukulele, G-string Ukulele, Kelii Ukulele, Sonny-D Ukulele and so many others.

Be sure to visit all the different ukulele dealers in Hawaii also who sell not only many local models but also Martin Ukuleles, Big Island Ukuleles, Pono, Anuenue, and many others. Some of the dealers are Easy Music Center, Island Guitars, Harry’s Music, Good Guys, PuaPua and PoePoe in Waikiki. If you are on Maui be sure to visit Lahaina where there are so many ukulele dealers such as Bounty Music and Lahaina Music. While on the Island of Hawaii, or the Big Island, be sure to visit Hilo Guitars and Agasa music stores as well as some of the Big Island manufacturers like Pegasus guitars and ukuleles or Moore Bettah Ukuleles. While on Kauai be sure to visit Scotty’s Music.

Be sure to come during one of the many events like the Ukulele Picnic in the Spring or the Roy Sakuma’s Ukulele Festival in July. If you are looking for lessons, there is the Ukulele Hale by Jodi Kamisato as well as the Roy Sakuma Ukulele School. You can also find free lessons at places like PuaPua Ukulele shop in the Sheraton and Moana Surfrider hotels.

There are so many manufacturers, dealers, schools, and event surrounding the ukulele you could spend your entire time in Hawaii just doing things ukulele related. So come, enjoy and Kanikapila! Mahalo.