Beautiful Ka-Lai pineapple ukulele from the early 1930s in a joint venture between ‘Johnny Lai’ and ‘Kamaka’ companies. This gorgeous piece is handcrafted from with a monkeypod wood face, back, and sides combination.
Amazing original condition and the decals and inner label also remain totally intact. It is also said that this pineapple model was the very model that helped to sustain Kamaka through the Great Depression years and at a time of the early stages of the company’s history. ‘Johnny Lai’ was also looking to capitalize on this trendy shape and worked with Kamaka on a collaborative effort to make ‘Ka-Lai Ukuleles’.
Urban legend says that the first 50 pineapple ukuleles were the only ones to be hand-painted and it is estimated that there are only a few of these left to be in existence. This one is from a slightly later year and utilizes decals in place of the hand-painting of the earlier model.