HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This week we continue our Aloha Festivals Celebration with the ukulele. Dan Cooke visited the Kamaka ukulele factory to see how the classic instruments are made.
There are now four generations of the Kamaka family making and restoring ukulele in their shop down on South Street.. and they give free public tours every weekday morning at 10:30am.
The tour begins with a bit of history. Fred Kamaka Sr. talked about his father, who along with others helped transform the ukulele from its Portuguese origins to a truly Hawaiian musical instrument.
Fred's nephew Chris takes the handoff and leads the group through the factory.. detailing every step taken by the master craftsmen. They start with untreated wood and end with polished and beautiful ukulele.
Chris, a member of the popular Hawaiian music group Ho'okena, ended the tour with some sweet sounds.
There will be lots of ukulele playing Saturday at the Aloha Festivals Keiki Ho'olaulea. The event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Pearlridge Center. Enjoy live entertainment, activities and special discounts if you wear an Aloha Festivals Ribbon. See below for a full schedule.
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