The Hawaiian Exotic Wood Specialists

IMUA Factory

In the Hawaiian language IMUA means, “moving forward; going ahead; looking to the future.” The IMUA Ukulele is the result of years of planning and the next step in the life of Shinji and Jorma. IMUA Ukuleles use Hawaiian craftsmanship and efficient Japanese production techniques to manufacture high quality ukuleles that will last for generations.
We welcome you to our state of the art 6,000 SF operation in the heart of Honolulu in the Kaka’ako district just steps from Ward and Ala Moana Shopping Centers

IMUA Ukuleles use high quality materials in every part of its manufacturing. Attention to detail is a must for every instrument made. Every part of IMUA Ukuleles is manufactured in a humidity controlled environment, from the wood production to the final setup.

cut and book-muched ukulele body

IMUA Ukuleles top, back, sides, and headplate use only Hawaiian koa found on the upper slopes of the Big Island of Hawaii. Through our sister company, Winkler Woods LLC, IMUA Ukulele has access to the highest quality koa available and takes special care in every process of the wood manufacturing, from cutting quartersawn lumber, to set selection, to controlled drying.

Reinforcing ukulele body
Bending ukulele side body with bending machine
cut and book-muched ukulele body
Mr. Jorma checking finished ukuleles
Spraying ukulele
Sanding ukulele's neck
attached ukulele's body and neck

Special care is taken to match Top, Back and Sides. The fingerboard is A-grade Indian rosewood; the nut and saddle are real bone. Hilo Strings are the preferred choice for IMUA. Necks are made with Genuine Honduras Mahogany. Tuners are high-quality, Japanese-made Gotoh.

Imua Ukulele Inc

Hawaiian solid 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.