Woah! I recently was lucky enough to play and teach at the Washington Ukulele Festival. One of our suppliers had a display up there and this Kiwaya caused quite a stir. I couldn’t stop staring at it and couldn’t resist a play. It was so good I decided I had to bring it back for the shop.
It really is an incredible uke. The high grade koa is absolutely superb with the curl in the koa looking like ripples in a pond. It is so meticulously built as well, as you’d expect from Kiwaya, but with the most perfect Kanile’a-esque high gloss. The edges are smoothed so it just feels so nice to hold.
More important than any of that though – it sounds amazing. I’d describe the sound as warm but with excellent projection – almost like an old vintage instrument that has opened up. It’s really lovely and the uke is very responsive to both fingerstyle and strumming.