Ho'okani Music Company has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new instrument called the Pahulele. The Pahulele is an original instrument design by luthier Reid Shigemura of Ho'okani Music Company. “Pahu” is the Hawaiian word for box, and that is what this instrument is. The body is a plywood box with design aspects inspired by cigar box guitars and ‘ukuleles. It is one of the most unique instruments you will find and it is handmade in Honolulu, Hawaii. The main body is constructed of top grade Baltic birch plywood and the neck and bridge are made of very carefully selected, premium quarter sawn Douglas Fir, finished with traditional high quality lacquer.
The key feature of the Pahulele is its removable neck. When transporting an ‘ukulele, the most vulnerable point is where the neck joins the body, especially if the instrument is tuned and the strings are under pressure. Because the Pahulele can be completely disassembled from ‘Play' mode into ‘Storage' mode, with the neck securely fastened inside the body, this issue is completely addressed in the Pahulele's unique design. This also means that the overall size of the Pahulele is cut in half.
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