Bob enjoys music — listening to music, as well as playing musical instruments. He owns several musical instruments to include a 6 String Dobro, (2) 6 string acoustic guitars, a 6 string electric guitar, an Acoustic concert ukulele, a Mandolin, a 5 string banjo, a Didgeridoo, a Brazilian lap harp, a Bamboo Jaw harp, a Casio electronic keyboard, a Yamaha Organ and (2) harmonicas.
Bob’s newest musical instrument was the Acoustic concert ukulele, which he purchased in December 2016. For the past year he has been considering the purchase of an Acoustic / electric tenor ukulele. He wanted to have the capability to record through a cable instead of an open microphone to avoid background noise.
What better place to shop for a ukulele than in Hawaii!
On Wednesday, when we visited downtown Kona, Bob saw an Acoustic / electric tenor ukulele that interested him. That ukulele was on display at Just Ukes, located in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. Bob didn’t purchase that ukulele, opting instead to look around.
We spent several hours ukulele shopping during the late morning / early afternoon on Friday, September 7th.
On our way back to Kona from Honaunau, we stopped at Kiernan Music in Kealakekua. Bob picked up quality information from the salesman but did not purchase a ukulele. He still favored the ukulele on display at Just Ukes.
We drove to downtown Kona. We stopped for cold beverages at Kona Inn, located in the Kona Inn Shopping Village.
I had finished the glass of water that was my preferred beverage that day. While Bob and Dorothy were still drinking their beverages I walked down to the seawall seen from where we sat in Kona Inn.
From Kona Inn we walked to Just Ukes. The ukulele that Bob had liked when he saw it earlier in the week had sold.
The Just Ukes salesman sent us to another ukulele shop a couple blocks away. We walked to that ukulele shop (Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar) and found it under a tent, being fumigated. Fumigated for what we didn’t know.
As we were passing by Just Ukes again, the salesman made another suggestion — Music Exchange, located in the King Kam Strip Mall off of Kuakini Highway. We drove there. After about 45 minutes Bob walked out with a new Acoustic / electric tenor ukulele. We had a most entertaining shopping experience at Music Exchange. The salesman (Gavin Todd) and his friend (Royce DeSilva) joked around, while Gavin showed Bob various ukuleles. Gavin was very knowledgeable about ukuleles. He was a pleasant person to do business with.
Royce DeSilva, we learned, is the Hawaiian Idol XV Champion.
I found a live video of Royce’s performance that won him the championship. Royce’s performance begins at time marker 2:32:42. At time marker 3:44:19 Royce is selected as one of five contestants moving into the finals.
The five contestants performed a second time. Click here for Royce’s second performance. His performance starts at the beginning of the video and ends at time marker 4:15. Royce is chosen as the Hawaiian Idol XV Champion at time marker 37:39 and follows up with one additional song.
Getting back to Bob and his new ukulele … Bob is happy to own a ukulele that he purchased in Hawaii. I will close this blog post with a short video of Bob playing his new ukulele.