Neil Shimabukuro, Senior Partner,
Michael Staats, sales
consummate collector, Jim previously enjoyed success dealing in
collectable coins. His love of guitars led him to start collecting and
trading vintage instruments in 1972.
By the mid 70's Jim had established
himself as an expert in vintage guitars and repairs. He handled all of
the vintage guitar sales and acoustic instrument repairs at the Solder
Joint, one of the most well known shops in Honolulu from 1979 to 1980.
He was then retained by a major music store in Honolulu, which led to
greater success and the opening of his own business, Jim's Guitar
Corner, in late 1980.
In 1984, Island Guitars opened it's doors
at 76 North King Street. Since moving to the Ward Warehouse in May of
1996, Island Guitars has established itself as the largest guitar store
in the state of Hawaii.
Neil's love of music
began in the 70's. He started playing guitar in 1978 and was hooked.
Neil was a fixture at Island Guitars from the beginning, and by 1987,
Neil had signed on as co-owner.
With Neil's addition to the helm, the store's
momentum towards success began. Neil brought with him a vast knowledge
of electric instruments and amplifiers which meshed perfectly with
Jim's expertise of acoustic instruments. Under this newly formed
partnership, a foundation was set and a vision of what a music store
should be evolved.
These days, Neil's responsibilities account for the
major portion of the administrative duties, but Neil can still be found
out on the floor sharing his extensive knowledge with customers.
joined Island Guitars in 1993 as a highly respected repair
technician. His love of music started early, playing guitar at
13, beginning a lifelong passion for the instrument.
He attended the Guitar
Research and Development Academy in Vermont, where he learned the ins
and outs of guitar craftsmanship and built his first instruments.
Peter became a major figure in
the local band scene in the '80s and '90s, playing in such popular
bands Hat Makes The Man, Spiny Norman, and Oriental
Love Ring. He also brings with him years of retail experience
as manager of a major record store in Honolulu.
Nate Hatico, Floor Manager, sales Nate is the "lefty" on
our staff, so he's used to doing things upside down and
backwards. Being a fingerstylist, he also firmly believes that
"picks are for kids."
He and his musical partner Katy
Furuya, known as TWO IN TIME, were featured on the Homegrown 97
CD, and have released two indie projects.
Nate created and maintains the Island
Guitars websiteand manages social media marketing efforts.
At 6 ft. tall, (6 ft.
8 inches with his hair) Michael previously worked as an assistant
manager for at House of Music for 10 years.
He frequently performs stand-up
comedy at various local comedy clubs, having worked with the
likes of Judy Tenuta and the lae Rodney Dangerfield.
rest of us, Michael has a great love for the guitar. His
professionalism and enthusiasm will make you feel welcome.
Onipaa Gaudia, sales
Oni is the youngest member of our staff and a big Fender Jazzmaster
fan. Don't let his youth fool you. He's knowledgable and
passionate about the guitar just like the rest of us.