KoAloha Ukulele announced today that it is relocating its factory and showroom from Kalihi to Kakaako next year. The new location will be a 4,000-square-foot space in the Iolani Building on Kona Street.
The new facility will offer many of the same things that the Kalihi location did, including the factory, showroom, and performance area to showcase artists and community partners. But there will also be a new area for both visitors and locals to purchase unique made-in-Hawaii merchandise created by KoAloha Ukulele artisans, and items featured by up-and-coming local vendors. Plans for the future may also include classes on ukulele instruction.
“With the on-going popularity of ukulele around the world, we find that many are wanting to learn more about this little instrument,” says Alan Okami. “And along with learning more about ukulele, comes interest with learning about Hawai`i, its culture, and people.”
“In a small way, all of us at KoAloha feel as if we are helping to share the good word of what Hawai`i is all about via our humble wooden ukulele instruments,” adds Paul Okami. “Being closer to the hub of Honolulu and the new developments surrounding the Kaka`ako neighborhood is great because now we will be within walking distance for many visitors who stay in the Waikiki area, as well as closer to a lot of local businesses.”
Paul and Alan are the sons of KoAloha’s founders, Patricia and Alvin “Pops” Okami.