Hawaii Society of Business Professionals

June: Kanile'a Ukulele

It happened again.  A group of HSBP members spent time with a local company and were treated to a couple of hours of unmitigated local passion.  

Kanile’a Ukulele was founded 20 years ago from a garage-based company and grew up to a worldwide success selling in over 15 countries.  Today, the company employs 22 people, manufacturing, marketing and promoting the art and science of making Hawaii-crafted ukulele.  

Nainoa Gibson, Sales Director, gave a fabulous tour showing us the product from raw logs to final polishing and coating, and a chance for members to understand the steps of the making a world class ukulele.  The tour was finished with a Q&A from Joe and Kristen Souza, owners and founders of the company, answering questions about their market, their values and the joys and challenges of running a family business.  The heart and soul of our local musical artists and their relationship with an instrument was clearly reflected in the enthusiasm and driving motivation of this Hawaii-grown business.


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