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Dedicated to sharing musical joy and knowledge


Welcome to Hanalei Strings!

Our mission is to provide the most welcoming, supportive space for people (and dogs) interested in learning the wonderful art of making music and being creative.

For a millennia, people have engaged in making music and making garments with fiber. We believe music and art are for everyone. To that end, we carry quality entry level ukuleles and also the finest solid Koa Hawaiian handmade instruments.

With our love of the creative lifestyle, we also carry a large selection of locally dyed yarns and offer lessons in knitting and crocheting. We pride ourselves on a carefully chosen selection of vintage guitars and Hawaiian Steel Guitars.

Our store is an educational center with group and private lessons available. With a stage and sound system, we also host unique musical events, from local Hawaiian music to international guests.

We are very happy to introduce new generations to the joy of pouring over record covers and discovering great old music on vinyl. A variety of music accessories, including hand drums and percussion, rounds out our musical offerings.

Come join the fun and feel connected. 


New owners since 2015, Kirk, Tora and Eli Smart are a musical family dedicated to sharing musical joy and knowledge. With strong connections throughout the local and international music scene, they look forward to years of exciting musical events and thousands of delighted customers! Our mission is to spread the joy of creativity to people of all ages.

Find out more about Kirk Smart & what he does:

Listen to Tora Smart's (aka Serena Jewkes) newly released Jazz record, The Carriage House Sessions (Available on SpotifyiTunesApple MusicAmazonCD Baby & at Hanalei Strings)

Find out more about Eli Smart & listen to his music: 


A musical spot in paradise unlike any you’ve ever experienced and will want to be a part of, brought to you by a talented and eclectic musical family with a splash of genius.