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.