April 08, 2022

   Paul Hennessee is a music educator, composer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in New York City. We are proud to present him as an ambassador of our brand because of his consistent activity on our instruments and fun-loving nature.

We first met Paul when we began working with his daughter, Ohana artist Chloe, in 2018. Chloe has released many great music projects in the recent past, and the apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the musical tree with the Hennessees. Since then, we have also seen Paul flourish in our uke community.

Paul posts multiple times a week on Instagram and Facebook and frequently collaborates with other artists, as well as his alter ego "Pauly the Elf," conducting many fun projects throughout the year. And speaking of that, Paul's annual community ukulele project under #12daysofukumas will be back (for a 4th year!) in mid December. He’s always finding new ways to encourage others across social media to keep strumming, all on his selection of Ohana ukuleles.
Feel free to catch Paul on his social media accounts and join our uke community. He'll have you motivated to keep on strumming and can give you his two cents on Ohana.

Check out Paul's Instagram & Facebook.



See below for Paul's favorite Ohana instruments. Further down, you'll see his official bio with even more great things about his life and music background.

What They Play:

"I love everything about the TK-70R - the punch and projection with the spruce top but also lots of resonance and warmth from the rosewood back and sides and mahogany neck. It feels great in my hands and plays so easily. I'm also one for a classic look - the abalone soundhole is just the right amount of "bling" and the slotted headstock and classical-style geared tuners are the icing on the cake!"


"The OBU-22 with steel strings was an easy transition from bass guitar. I love the look and sound of this beauty!"


On Ohana Ukuleles


   "I have been playing Ohana ukuleles since around 2013 and often recommend them to my students and other teachers who are starting programs in their schools. I became even more acquainted with Ohana when my daughter, Chloe, became an Ohana Artist around 2018. Ohana makes truly beautiful looking and sounding instruments and their team is second to none in customer service. They truly live up to their name!"


Official Biography

   Paul Hennessee is a music educator, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York City. He has been teaching at the prestigious Spence School in Manhattan since 2000. Prior to that, he was the Principal Hornist (and frequently bassist) with the Air Force Band of the Golden West and has played in numerous orchestras, bands, and other ensembles over the years.

   In addition to teaching music, Paul has composed and arranged numerous choral and instrumental works for a variety of ensembles. These include published original children’s songs, settings of famous poems by the likes of William Blake and Robert Frost, and scores for multiple Shakespeare plays, includingTwelfth Night, As You Like It, and The Tempest.

   Paul lives in East Harlem with his wife, younger daughter, two orange tabby cats, and numerous fish. His eldest daughter, Chloe, is an award-winning singer-songwriter and Ohana Artist who is currently attending NYU.

   Paul also created a house concert series calledMusicians of New York that brings together local musicians and music lovers for monthly concerts. He has recently taken on the role of Director of Engagement with James Hill's company Uketopolis and have been working with James on a number of exciting initiatives! Check out Paul’s Instagram page for lots of great covers (and some originals) on one of his several Ohana Ukuleles.