Custom Kanile’a “2023 Platinum” Tenor Ukulele


A 25 year milestone for Kanile’a Ukulele is celebrated in this exquisite instrument designed by company co-owner and master luthier Joe Souza. Starting with a 5A Master Grade curly koa solid body and contrasting maple wood binding, elements of the 25th Anniversary ukulele can be seen with 17 grams of Sterling Silver melted, shaped, polished and engraved by hand locally in Waikiki by a long time friend of Kaimana Souza and is Representative of the company’s 25th Anniversary or Silver Anniversary. The Kanile’a Platinum 2023 carries forward the tradition of the Kanile’a thin slotted headstock outfitted with ultralight 16:1 ratio Gotoh Stealth geared tuners. Add to that the company’s exclusive TRU-R (Total Resonating Ukulele Redesigned) bracing and a Mass Reduction Channel for even more vibration and resonance and you have an ukulele that is a delight to play. Only 50 of these timeless instruments were built. -from official Kanile’a website.


Preowned. A Custom Kanile’a like no other with a milestone connection to the history of Kanile’a Ukulele and a 25th Anniversary benchmark for Joe and Kristin Souza, owners of Kanile’a Ukulele, and the next generation of Kanile’a with Kaimana, Iokepa, and Kahiau. Premium curly Hawaiian Koa wood top, back, and sides, this custom Kanile’a ‘Platinum’ tenor ukulele is coveted as the collectors edition celebrating the 25th year commemoration in 2023 of the opening of Kanile’a Ukulele. The absolute best in materials have been used on this rare collectible piece.

Kanile’a 25th Anniv. ‘Platinum’ Tenor Ukulele:

  • Hawaiian Tenor 4-string ‘Ukulele
  • Master Grade Curly Koa Back and Sides
  • Master Grade Curly Koa Top
  • Kanile’a Exclusive Radiused back
  • Sterling Silver Rosette Engraved Maile, Ohiʻa, and Mokihana lei design by Hand by Jrip and Co. with Black Trim
  • Maple Bevel Cutaway
  • TRU-Relief Armrest
  • TRU-Reduction Bracing
  • Koa Neck with Maple Center Strip
  • Platinum Slotted Headstock
  • Ebony, Maple Bound Fretboard
  • Ebony Bridge
  • Maple Front, Back, and Tail Strip Binding
  • Sterling Silver Custom Inlay as Maile Leaves as Position Markers
  • Maile Leaf Bouquet Side Sound Port
  • White Mother of Pearl Player Side Dots
  • Ebony Headplate
  • Stering Silver Kanileʻa Logo
  • UV Cured Gloss Body with Silk Neck
  • Black Gotoh Stealth Tuners
  • Worth Strings with a Kanileʻa Low G
  • Black TUSQ Nut and Saddle
  • Kanile`a Premium Carrying Case

The instrument was meticulously handcrafted and cared for, virtually going unplayed for the entire time it was owned. The instrument has a very full and beautiful sound. Wonderful sustain and projection. Nice punchy attack from an all Koa wood instrument with excellent low notes and clarity as well. A wonderful and rare collectible piece celebrating the 25th year anniversary to Kanile’a Ukulele. ID#240016

Price: $6,400.00

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