Sam Sr, Fred Sr, and Sam Jr are all honored members of the Ukulele Hall of Fame. Sam Sr. invented and patented the famous ‘pineapple’ ukulele way back in 1918. The family has always abided by the wise words of Sam Kamaka Sr. “If you make instruments and use the family name...don’t make junk” - In fact, today, his grandson Chris Kamaka is the quality control officer and rejects one out of every five ukes produced in the factory because of inferior grain, sound defects or other imperfections that would be invisible to the rest of us. There are only seventeen Kamaka produced per day - even with modern techniques at play in the Kaka’ako factory - so you can see that the family still honors the advice of Fred. There would be no Hawaiian Ukulele without the Kamaka family.
If you would like to visit the Kamaka Ukulele factory and meet some of the family, see how these beautiful instruments are made, and maybe even learn how to play a simple tune - just let your Private Tours Hawaii guide know when you are arranging your trip - tours are limited so the earlier we know, the better chance you have of being a part of this family affair.