|Hana Lima 'Ia is owned and operated by a father and son team: Michael and Asa Chock. Both local born Islanders, Michael has been making Ukulele's and guitars since 1992. He was joined by his son Asa in 2002. Hana Lima 'Ia was informally created by interested friends who also wanted to learn the art of ukulele building.
By 94' Hana Lima 'Ia began accepting students from the public. Today we offer courses on basic and advanced ukulele building as well as a growing line of ukulele parts and supplies for all types of luthier.
While Michael is mostly self taught as a maker of Ukulele's he has been influenced by a number of generous people who aided in his knowledge and support. He would like to acknowledge the following people for their friendship and experiences.
Bossman Richard Schneider, my mentor and instructor who introduced me to Lutherie as a way of life and openned up to me the "Kasha/Schneider" philosophy of soundboard construction.
Mahalos to the DeJonge Family; sensei Sergei DeJonge ; co-builder Joshia DeJonge and the whole DeJonge Family for openning up their home and workshop and sharing their thoughts on both life and guitar construction...Life's A Fountain!