Like all new Kamaka instruments, this HF-36 D six-string tenor ukulele is impeccably crafted. The top, back and sides are nicely figured solid Hawaiian koa and it has a thin satin-sheen finish. This shows the koa grain and color to advantage and is yet another example of how the Kamaka crew keeps raising the bar and making their ukuleles even better. Includes a Kamaka hardshell case. This is the deluxe version, which features colorful rope-pattern wood purfling around the top and soundhole, a style that recalls the higher-end ukuleles during the golden age of Hawaiian ukuleles in the 1920s.
The Kamaka six-string tenor ukulele, also known as the Lili’u, was developed in the late 1950s by Sam Kamaka Jr to commemorate Hawaii’s statehood and to honor Liliʻuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. This tenor ukulele has an unusual 6-string tuning. The third and first strings are doubled (those pairs of strings are tuned an octave apart, as on a 12-string guitar) and since both strings in the third string pair are plain nylon they're easy to fret. This stringing gives the uke a rich, full tone with a lot of "chime" that works very well for rhythm playing. If you haven't played a 6-string tenor you'll be surprised how easy it is to get that "two ukes" tone.