Aloha Festivals: Kamaka Ukulele

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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WHO:        Aloha Festivals 2010 – "Mele ʻAilana – Celebrate Island Music"

WHAT:     7th Annual Aloha Festivals Keiki Hoʻolauleʻa

WHEN:     Saturday, September 11, 2010
                   10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:   Pearlridge Center – Uptown and Downtown

Pearlridge will once again celebrate Aloha Festivals with a wide variety of activities, demonstrations and continuous stage performances by participating keiki musical groups and hula hâlau. Those wearing the Aloha Festivals Ribbon may participate in the activities and ride the monorail for FREE, as well as receive discounts from participating merchants throughout the day. Aloha Festivals ribbons and t-shirts will be available for purchase. The 2010 Aloha Festivals Royal Court will also make a special appearance. For more information, visit

Uptown Stage Entertainment Schedule

10 a.m.        2010 Aloha Festivals Royal Court –
                            Hoʻokupu (Gift) Presentation by Pearlridge
10:15 a.m.   Hula Performance by Halau Hula Olana
11:15 a.m.   Performance by Abrigo Ohana
12:15 p.m.   Performance by Terry Brown Ukulele Students
1:15 p.m.     Performance by Leon & Malia Calabash Show
2:15 p.m.     Performance by Halau Mapuana Leo

Uptown Table Activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Level 1
    •    Aloha Festivals Ribbons and information
    •    The Art of Flower Arranging by Kado Sangetsu – School of Flower Arranging
    •    Arts and Crafts by PATCH
    •    Arts and Crafts by Families for REAL
    •    Keiki I.D. by Hickam Federal Credit Union
    •    Ti leaf lei making
Level 2
    •    Fitness Activities with Rainbow Gymnastic
    •    Hawaii Music Works
    •    Meet Hoku the Keiki Honu

Downtown Stage Entertainment Schedule:

10 a.m.    Performance by Terry Brown Ukulele Students
11 a.m.    Fun and Games by Chris da Clown
12 p.m.    Entertainment by Mad Science
1 p.m.      Performance by Performing Arts Academy

Downtown Table Activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Level 1
    •    Face Painting with Auntie Lisa
    •    Games and Activities with D.A.R.E.
    •    Keiki I.D. by H.P.D.
    •    Balloon Animals with Aloha Clowns
Level 2
    •    Aloha Festivals Ribbons and information
    •    Art Doodle with Allen Tsukamoto
    •    Meet Hello Kitty from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.