Genuine Hawaiian Imua Ukuleles are now available at Eagle Music.
Jorma Winkler has been in the koa wood business all his life. After successfully supplying instrument manufacturers around the world with Hawaiian koa from the Big Island of Hawaii, he started an import line of ukuleles which grew successful enough that he was finally ready to make ukuleles in Honolulu Hawaii and partnered with master luthier Shinji Takahashi from Japan. Shinji Takahashi has been building guitars and ukuleles for over 30 years in Matsumoto city near the Nagano mountain range in Japan. In this same area are many famous guitar factories. Shinji is now realising his dream of bringing his master luthier skills to Hawaii, the birthplace of the ukulele.
In Hawaiian language IMUA means, “moving forward; going ahead; looking ahead to the future” The IMUA ukulele is the result of years of planning and the next step in the life of Shinji and Jorma. IMUA ukuleles use Hawaiian craftsmanship and efficient Japanese production techniques to manufacture high quality ukuleles that will last for generations.
IMUA Ukulele Inc. is situated in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii where each individual ukulele is hand crafted. The top, back, sides and headplate of all IMUA ukes are built from solid Hawaiian koa, found on the upper slopes of the Big Island of Hawaii. Special care is taken to match the all solid koa tonewood for the top, back and sides. The fingerboards are built from grade A rosewood and the nut and saddles are crafted from natural bone. A glossy nitro-cellulose finish is used producing an amazing sound desired by professionals worldwide.