Kamaka Ukulele is the maker of Hawaii's finest ukuleles, and the home of the original Pineapple Ukulele! Kamaka Hawaii was established in 1916 in the Territory of Hawaii by Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka and quickly earned a solid reputation for making only the highest quality ukuleles. Kamaka Ukulele is still a family owned and operated business. For nearly a century, the Kamaka family has taken great pride and been dedicated to building skillfully handcrafted ukuleles. This heritage has been preserved by second and third generation Hawaiian luthiers. As the Kamaka legacy moves forward, it is important to reflect on what has made the company endure. The guiding philosophy at Kamaka Hawaii has always been the candid, but sensible advice handed down from its founder, Sam Kamaka Sr., to his sons: "If you make instruments and use the family name, don't make junk."
A strong tradition of excellence is the foundation of Kamaka Hawaii's reputation. Kamaka ukuleles are world class, and possess a rich, lasting tone that cannot be duplicated. The art of making a Kamaka ukulele is a process that involves design, redesign, and experimentation to produce instruments with an outstanding tonal quality and excellent playing characteristics. Many of the techniques used in making Kamaka ukuleles today have evolved from practices developed by company founder Sam Kamaka Sr. This ensures consistency in quality, which results in ukuleles that are often handed down from generation to generation and cherished as valued family heirlooms.
Kamaka ukuleles will begin as rough Hawaiian koa lumber, and are then meticulously hand built into fine musical instruments that are enjoyed by ukulele players and audiences around the world. The Kamaka name has always been synonymous with superior Hawaiian craftsmanship, and Kamaka ukuleles are enjoyed by everyone from elementary school beginners to professional musicians.
Soprano - The four string Kamaka Soprano Ukulele has been and will always be the classic vision of what a ukulele is. It's small size corresponds with the many players of yesteryear who made the ukulele so famous.
Concert - The Concert Kamaka Ukulele four string is considered to be the most popular ukulele. Most advanced players choose the concert because of its larger scale over the standard (soprano) size.
Tenor - Every type of player enjoys the Kamaka Tenor Ukulele and it's full-bodied sound. The Koa 4 string Tenor is the most popular among the local island players.
Baritone - The Kamaka Baritone Ukulele is the most unique in the ukulele family. They carry a 20 1/8 inch scale and follow the same tuning as the first four strings of a guitar. Because of their similarities to the guitar, Baritone ukuleles are very popular with guitar and banjo players.
Koa Wood - Koa is unquestionably Hawaii's most prized wood. Hawaiians have always valued Koa for its beauty and durability. Koa still remains the premier Hawaiian timber for Kamaka ukuleles, furniture and other woodcrafts. Its diversity and shortage has created Koa prices to soar. With an ongoing reforestation program, and sensible logging, Koa will always be available. Koa's use for instruments is superb. It has a "tap-tone" quality that is almost second to none.
Humidity & Your Ukulele - Your ukulele is made of thin wood which is easily affected by temperature and humidity. This combination is the most important single part of your ukulele’s surroundings. Martin Guitar keeps their factory at a constant 45-55 percent humidity and 72-77 degrees Fahrenheit. If either humidity or temperature get far away from these factory conditions, your ukulele is in danger. A rapid change in temperature or exposure to cold can cause small cracks in the finish. We recommend the use of a hygrometer / thermometer to measure the relative humidity and temperature surrounding your Kamaka ukulele.