The World Goes Round and Round and
the Ukulele is BACK!
The recent resurgence of the Ukulele has caught the imagination of Dr.
Joe Palmieri and prompted him to create a site dedicated to the ubiquitous
Herein lie some of his favorite Ukes and Ukulele links and videos.
So let's get tropical and we wish you a most sincere "Aloha"!
Koa Ukulele circa 1915
This Ukulele has an impressive history! It is a family heirloom of the
Dr. Bones Bands
very own Lisa Haze! It was recently found amongst her Grandparents belongings.
It was dusty, neglected, and unplayed for at least 30 years. There was
a crack in
the face, the entire "heel" was broken apart and the neck
was loose. We took it
to the Folk Music Center in
Claremont California to see what could be done.
That was a great decision! Their luthier Richard identified it as a
made by the Ernest K. Kaai Ukulele company around 1915. He did an incredible
job repairing it and today it sound beautiful. It has a whole new life
perhaps it will be played for another 100 years!
Bye the way, the portrait on the back is believed to be Lisa's grandmother
so we have given the ukulele the same name. Long Live "Eila"!
My first Ukulele! This one was bought for me on my birthday by our lovely
singer Lisa Haze! It is an incredible first ukulele. It is a soprano
sized uke with a solid
cedar top and willow back and sides. Check out the beautiful wood grain
on the back and the great trim detailing. This ukulele REALLY has a
And the best thing about it, it got me totally hooked on the ukulele!
I was so enamored with the Ukulele that I had to find one for live shows!
The quality of the Willow Ohana Uke was great so I got another Ohana.
This model has a solid mahogany neck, face, back and sides and an active
pickup and equalizer built in so I can amplify it at Dr. Bones engagements.
Plugged in or played acoustically, this instrument has an incredibly
yet delicate voice. It's working out fantastic, this Uke was an
excellant choice for live performances.