1920s Moana Ukulele


Gorgeous 1920s Moana Soprano Ukulele marketed under the name Paul Summers by Summers Brothers (Paul & Harold), this ukulele was handcrafted by the Hawaiian Mahogany Company, and later into the 30s and 40s the Paul Summers brand was more closely associated with the famed builder Sam Chang. Instruments named “Royal Hawaiian” and “Moana” were made in Hawaii and sold out of a pair of hotels — the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Moana Hotel. These instruments retailed at a gift shop inside of these two historical hotels and were intended as souvenirs for the many visitors to Waikiki in the early years of Waikiki at the turn of the 20th Century. Established in 1901, the Moana Surfrider Hotel continues to be the oldest hotel in Waikiki and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally known as the “Moana Hotel”, it was the first hotel on Waikiki Beach.

Handcrafted of Hawaiian Koa wood on the top, back, and sides with a unique deep body construction, this beautiful Moana ukulele was meticulously handcrafted with a beautiful rope marquetry rosette and matching center-0f-fingerboard strip, top rope purfling, bound neck, and headstock inlay. Homage designed headstock paying tribute to the first generation ukulele craftsman; Manuel Nunes, Jose do Espirito Santo, and Augusto Dias in the late 1800s and the creativity of their early headstock designs.#230118


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