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Ava Ukulele Resonates with Kickstarter Backers



Ava Ukulele

Ava Ukulele has officially launched their Kickstarter campaign for Ava, a travel-sized ukulele with an on-board speaker.

Ava was borne out of an adventuring musician’s need for a compact, durable, and powerful sounding instrument, Ava easily fits into a backpack so you never have to leave your instrument behind.  Ava is your essential adventure companion.

Ava’s unique design is optimized for maximizing sound performance while minimizing its physical footprint. An on-board speaker projects a bold acoustic sound suitable for jamming out with friends.  The patent-pending Turnkey Tuner system is cleverly located in the back, saving space that would otherwise be taken up by a headstock. With the forearm rest retracted, Ava measures just 16” long lengthwise and fits in an average backpack.

The Ava Ukulele was conceptualized and invented by design engineer, Candace Chen.  Chen is a classically trained pianist and violinist, and self-taught on the ukulele and guitar, with experience teaching music.  She holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT and has been designing, engineering and manufacturing products at her entire career. Her work has been a part of beloved products used by millions for brands such as Apple, Jawbone, and PXG.  In addition, she has consulted for multiple startups in the consumer and sports tech fields in designing products people love at scale. Personal projects include electric violins, electric ukuleles, an electric longboard, a hammering robot and a modified electric pocket bike.  She is also an avid traveler, who had her own ukulele broken in flight.

“The ‘Aha’ moment came during one fateful trip,” says Chen.  “Because of baggage limits, I was forced to check my acoustic ukulele.  Even though I had carefully packed and cushioned the ukulele, when I reached my destination I discovered the TSA had opened the bag and repacked it poorly, breaking my beloved instrument in half!  I looked into buying a travel-sized ukulele, but none were able to match the sound of an acoustic uke”

“Ava” is derived from the word “avian,” (bird) — a reference to both the wing-shaped forearm rest which slides into the body — as well as constantly flying to different places.




  • Retractable Forearm Rest
  • Extended for comfortable strumming position
  • Retracted for compact storage

Patent-Pending Turnkey Tuner

  • Located in the rear and saves space that would otherwise be taken up by a headstock
  • The “key” magnetically attaches to the tuning posts pegs while tuning
  • Magnetic key stores away easily in the body when not in use
  • Easily fits in average sized backpack

Excellent Sound

  • Onboard speaker projects bold acoustic sound (volume control for different settings)
  • Powered by rechargeable long-lasting battery (up to 6 hrs)
  • ⅛” (3.5mm) audio jack output to earphones for private sound
  • High-quality nylon strings play warm chords and clear bright individual notes


  • Exterior made of a high-performance polymer blend making it impact-resistant, scratch-resistant, shatter-resistant, warp-resistant
  • Comes with a custom-designed soft gig bag, hard case sold separately



“Novako” comes from Nova (sun/star) and Ko (company). We are the star company, made up of everyday stars like you. We serve as a reminder to shine bright and be your best selves.

Novako Music was founded as a commitment to supporting musicians by building them up through collaboration and cross-promotion, to boost exposure to their talent.

We’ll always encourage people to jam out with others and to share songs with each other. We also hope to be the tipping point for people who are considering learning to play the ukulele!

The journey starts with a single note. So come along!

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Kivo Daily Magazine