Limited to 6 people per session.
Sessions are every Saturday 9am until 2pm for 10 consecutive weeks.
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718 Puuhale Rd.
Hana Lima 'Ia is owned and operated by a father and son
team: Michael and Asa Chock. Both local born Islanders,
Michael has been making Ukulele's and guitars since 1992.
He was joined by his son Asa in 2002. Hana Lima 'Ia was
informally created by interested friends who also wanted
to learn the art of ukulele building.
By 94' Hana Lima 'Ia began accepting students from the
public. Today we offer courses on basic and advanced ukulele
building as well as a growing line of ukulele parts and
supplies for all types of luthier.
While Michael is mostly self taught as a maker of Ukulele's he has
been influenced by a number of generous people who aided
in his knowledge and support. He would like to acknowledge
the following people for their friendship and experiences.
Uncle Abe Mahelona of the Kamehameha schools ukulele
Nathan Ching of Guitar Smith
Peter Hurley of Pohaku Ukuleles
Uncle George Majkowski
Bossman Richard Schneider, my mentor and instructor who
introduced me to Lutherie as a way of life and openned
up to me the "Kasha/Schneider" philosophy of
Mahalos to the DeJonge Family; sensei Sergei DeJonge
; co-builder Joshia DeJonge and the whole DeJonge Family
for openning up their home and workshop and sharing
their thoughts on both life and guitar construction...Life's
Asa's love and familiarity with wood came from visits
to his father's cabinet shop while growing up. He formally
studied furniture design and fine wood working at the
Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
Asa focused on product and furniture design while working
part-time as the department's woodshop monitor. After
graduating in 1997 with a degree in Industrial Design
Asa was briefly swept into the dot-com craze.
After a few years in the dot-com world, Asa decided
to get back into his Industrial Design and woodworking
background by joining his father to grow Hana Lima 'Ia.
Michael & Asa would like to express their mahalos to
former students, current aficionados, and all wood workers
who continue to create and love fine handmade Ukuleles.