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About the Kamaka Ukulele Company

The Kamaka family has been making ukuleles in Hawaii since 1916, when the company was founded by Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka.

Factory Tours of Kamaka Ukulele
Information about touring the Kamaka Ukulele factory in downtown Honolulu. Includes what you will see on the tour, how long the tours last, and a gallery of pictures of the Kamaka Ukulele factory tour.

Pictures of the Kamaka Ukulele Factory
Kathie Fry's pictures of touring the Kamaka Ukulele factory in (I think January) of 2007. Published on the Hawaii Travel Newsletter Web site.

Ukulele Models Available from Kamaka
  • Standard Size, 4 Strings, Classic Shape
  • Standard Size, 4 Strings, Classic Shape, Deluxe Model
  • Standard Size, 4 Strings, Pineapple, Shape,
  • Concert Size, 4 Strings, Classic Shape
  • Tenor Size, 4 Strings, Classic Shape
  • Tenor Size, 6 Strings, Classic Shape
  • Tenor Size, 8 Strings, Classic Shape
  • Baritone Size, 4 Strings
  • Ohta-san bell Shaped Ukulele
  • 100th Anniversary Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele

    Pictures of the Kamaka Ukulele Factory
    These photos of the Kamaka Ukulele factory were taken during one of their December 2007 tours.

    History
  • 1916 - Kamaka Ukulele and Guitar Works founded
  • 1941 - Sons Sam and Fred joined the business
  • 1968 - Incorporated as Kamaka Hawaii Inc.
  • Today - Chris Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Jr.

    Heart Strings: The Story of Kamaka
    The full title of this 57 minute documentary film is "Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele". It was produced in 2005 by Dawn Kaniaupio and Stuart Yamane. The film was co-produced by Independent Television Service (ITVS) and PBS Hawaii. The Hawaii State Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded a $47,896 grant to Hawaii Community Television for this project. ITVS Film Description: "Out of all the Hawaiian manufacturers that were crafting instruments at the dawn of the twentieth century, only Kamaka Hawaii remains in business today. Heart Strings is the story of four generations of one family that has carried on its namesake business and commitment towards craft, culture and heritage, maintaining age-old values with a distinctly Hawaiian point of view."

    Articles About Kamaka Ukulele
  • Carrying on the Kamaka Legacy
  • Kamaka Hawaii Photo Gallery
  • Geocities History of the Kamaka Ukulele
  • Ukes.com on Kamaka Hawaiian Koa Ukuleles

    Location and Contact Information
    Kamaka Ukulele of Hawaii
    550 South Street, Downtown Honolulu
    Oahu, Hawaii 96813
    Phone: 808-531-3165 _ Fax: 808-531-3167
    (call to confirm location because factory is expected to move)

    See also:
  • Other Ukulele Manufacturers
  • More About the Hawaiian Ukulele



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