“He said, ‘If [we decided to] make instruments and use the family name, don’t make junk.’ We had to make the highest quality ‘ukulele—or not at all.”— Fred Kamaka Sr. “When I was a kid, I’d save literally every penny I earned working summer jobs so I could buy a Kamaka ‘ukulele.”— Jake Shimabukuro, ‘Ukulele and Guitar Works established at Sam Sr.’s Fifth Avenue home in, What to Read This November: 5 Hawai‘i Book Picks Recommended by Local Experts, What’s Open and Closed for General Election Day in Honolulu, Our 4 Favorite Places for Chinese Barbecue Ribs in Honolulu, Last-Minute Tips to Make Sure Your General Election Vote Counts in Honolulu, It Came From the Ala Wai: 6 Strange Creatures That Thrive in Waikīkī’s Sewage Filled Canal, The Real Story Behind Honolulu’s Haunted Morgan’s Corner, HONOLULU Staff Favorites: The 8 Best Noodle Soups on O‘ahu for Rainy Days, The Wiki Wiki Dinner Box is the Answer to Your Dinner-Party Prayers, 4 Reasons Why Maintaining Your Tires Will Save You Dollars Down the Line, 5 Reasons to Try 2020’s Hale ‘Aina Award Winner for Best Thai Restaurant, 50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime, Everything You Need to Know About Local Fruit in Hawai‘i, “This Is It, I’m Going to Die. Presented by Brasserie Du Vin Perhaps nowhere is the legacy of this instrument better understood than at Kamaka Hawai‘i, this year marking a century in business for the internationally renowned company. “The ‘ukulele was first popular in the 1920s and the Depression-era ‘Tin Pan Alley’ days, then again through the war era in the ’40s and ’50s. The couple in first class seats was us on vacation searching for Tamaine playing … I love their instruments; I think the world of them.”, Fred Jr. attributes a lot of the ‘ukulele’s current popularity to Shimabukuro’s performance and the internet at large. Sam Sr. passes away and Sam Jr. takes over business. ️ ☀️ Happy Birthday to #BraddahIsrael who would've been 61 today! The brothers agreed. Sam Sr. embraced the title and patented the “Pineapple ‘Ukulele” in 1928. And you don’t want to be the generation that messes it up!” Fred Jr. says, with a laugh. Even after a century, Kamaka, too, is bigger than ever: To celebrate its centennial, Kamaka Hawai‘i hosted a special ‘ukulele concert at the annual National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, California this past January, released a studio album of ‘ukulele artists performing both classic covers and new songs, created a special series of aloha shirts designed by Reyn Spooner, and published a coffee table book documenting 100 years of producing ‘ukulele in Hawai‘i. “We’ve been saying for years that we’re going to move. Find album release information for Loco Princess - Taimane Gardner on AllMusic AllMusic. Kamaka Hawai‘i Inc. featured on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. As 2016 comes to a close, Fred Jr. and the rest of the Kamaka Hawai‘i team look ahead to the next century. They had gone on to separate careers, but, when Sam Sr. became ill in 1952, he offered them the family business, on one condition. Hawai‘i is full of amazing places. Here’s a peek into Hawai‘i’s coolest off-limits corners. Mom, Help.” A Hawaiʻi Man Remembers His Days as a Black College Student in New York, COVID-19 Hits Home: Three Oʻahu People Who Contracted COVID-19 Talk About Their Illness and Long Recovery, The Best Things to Do on O‘ahu in November 2020, Your Guide to the Perfect Halloween Weekend: October 28–November 3, 2020. From brooding and hypnotic to thrilling and exhilarating, Taimane’s melodies soar through the heights of musical expression. Sam Jr. designs the six-string tenor model (Statehood) ‘ukulele. KHON: How has femininity and womanhood informed your art, or manifested in your performances? Here’s HONOLULU’s first-ever list of the most iconic, trenchant and irresistible Island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries. Kamaka adds an all-metal geared tuning key. Jake made the instrument popular again for a new generation,” says Fred Jr. “In that YouTube video, Jake showed people that the ‘ukulele wasn’t a toy or a novelty, it was a serious musical instrument. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s solo album of 16 original songs and covers, all featuring Vedder playing the ‘ukulele, won a Grammy. Scion Stage (Smith St. & Hotel St.) Samoan Americans are Americans of Samoan origin, including those who emigrated from the Independent State of Samoa or American Samoa to the United States. But soon, an encounter with police taught him instead to be invisible.
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