Mele Ukulele Wailuku
From Kaahumana Avenue Mele Ukulele shop isn't much bigger than a box. However it's aged white exterior paint accented by a cracked outline of pastel blue with hints of Hawaii's most treasured instrument within is unavoidably welcoming. Passer-byers cannot help but park and venture in, even if their mission was keep driving to Kahului Bay, the Shops at Wailea, or another attraction found on West Maui's northen side.
What Mele may lack in square footage they make up for in ukulele section, reasonable prices, friendly service, and all-around aloha. Their inventory proudly displays locally handmade Mele koa and mahogany ukuleles, including their signature double-holed design which allows for a more ampliphied sound (make sure your skills are sharp before owning one of these). For those not quite looking for a masterfully crafted treasure more affordable high-quality imported ukuleles are available with the Hula line carried in the store, which come in mahogany, cedar, and spruce. Mele also counts other imported ukuleles for those picking one up and plucking for the first time. The generous shop provides a free ukulele case with each purchase (at the time of this review) and we're not talking about the cheap cardboard of paper-thin nylon ones. Whether staying in Lahaina or Kihei a road trip to Wailuku for your first or fifteenth ukulele is worth the mileage.