Here is a vintage Hawaiian Coconut ukulele. Made from only indigenous Hawaiian resources, including; a tropical coconut shell, Koa wood, and Abalone, it was purchased from the family of a serviceman who was said to have acquired it while stationed at Pearl Harbor during WWII. Inlayed with both the word “NAVY” and perhaps an Air Force patch symbol on the back of the coconut body, it clealry has military significance, representing a storied time in US history recognized for both tragedy and triumph. I am the second owner, and I have long had this memento next to my desk. I feel it has always brought me a sort of good fortune, and has watched over me as I have done my best work.
With a 14.5″ scale length, slightly longer than that of a traditional Soprano which measures approximately 13.5″, it actually straddles the line of demarcation which separates a Soprano from a Concert. Somewhat of a hybrid with regard to scale length, it actually sounds and feels quite nice, and is great for someone looking for something slightly larger than your Standard-sized uke. It has 45 inlayed dots, 14 inlayed arrowheads, numerous layers of binding, as well as, miscellaneous inlayed woods. The tuners appear to have been upgraded from the original friction pegs, the filled holes from which are still evident. The metal tailpiece remains intact, as does the original Rosewood bridge.
There are no markings, nor any indicators as to who sculpted this uke. Most likely made by an individual as a novelty, it is the absolute coolest I have ever seen.