Aloha City Ukes is a family owned business located in the Ravinia District of Highland Park, Illinois, where music is in the air. We specialize in quality made ukuleles from great manufacturers like KoAloha, Kanile’a, Ohana, Lanikai, Romero Creations, Kala and more. We don't carry cheap plastic toys, we carry quality instruments that inspire you to want to play more.
As a long time guitar player and working musician in an acoustic duo, I have always loved acoustic instruments. After going to culinary arts school in Hawaii and getting burned out in the hotel/restaurant management industry, I decided to do something I enjoyed which led me to working in the music industry. My first industry job was working at Guitar Center as the Assistant GM of a very busy store. I learned a ton about gear working there, met a lot of great people and sold a lot of guitars along the way. That position let me to getting hired as the Regional Sales Manager for Cort guitars in Northbrook, IL. After a few years there, I was hired as the Product Manager for Washburn and Parker guitars in Mundelein, IL. That position brought me all over the world visiting various guitar factories and attending trade shows. Along the way I encountered many ukuleles, but I never paid much attention to them because they were all what I call “toys”. They didn’t sound good and they didn’t stay in tune so they never kept my interest. Well that all changed when I was in Hawaii and I first strummed a KoAloha Tenor Ukulele that my Mother-in-law had. It was love at first strum. That’s when I realized that the ukulele was an actual instrument that could be used in many ways. I quickly learned some songs and started working it into my live set and people were loving it. As my love for the uke grew, I wanted to try different quality ukes so I could add some more to my collection. Sadly, there was no place in the Chicagoland area with a decent selection of quality ukes, especially made in Hawaii ones. That is the main reason I started Aloha City Ukes, I thought that there had to be other people like me around Chicagoland that want to play a nice uke before they buy it. Now my goal is to show everyone what “real” ukes are and to offer a nice selection of them. I have visited with all of the top manufacturers and have picked a great selection of ukes for you to choose from. I hope they inspire you as much as they do me. Aloha and happy strumming !!