Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka ‘Ukulele
Hawaiian values told through the Kamaka family's business of making ʻukuleles.
- Dawn K. Kaniaupio
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Culture, Arts & Music, Families
- Featured In
- 25 in 25
- 30 Minutes
For nearly 100 years, Kamaka and Sons have crafted fine musical instruments from their tiny shop in Honolulu. Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka ʻUkulele is a story of the Kamaka family, a Hawaiian history about age-old values of hard work, fortitude, honesty, and creativity as seen from a distinctly Hawaiian point of view.
The Kamaka family history is about as close as one can come to the actual history of the ‘ukulele itself. From Samuel's apprenticeship with Manuel Nunes, the Portuguese man who first introduced the instrument to the Islands to creating "the Jake," an ‘ukulele model for virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Kamaka Hawaii has been at the forefront of the ‘ukulele's presence in the world.
Rooted in such concepts as aloha (unconditional love), malama (to serve and care for), and pono (doing what's right), this program offers insight into a family of businessmen and artists and into how they work together to preserve the family tradition of success and artistry.
Available until May 2013 through PBS PLUS.
Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka ʻUkulele was produced by Dawn K. Kaniaupio, a partner in 4 Miles LLC. 4 Miles LLC is the producer of the Merrie Monarch Festival, where much of the ʻukulele music of Hawaiʻi can be heard.
ITVS's Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka ‘Ukulele page
A History on Kamaka ‘Ukuleles...Hawaii's ‘Ukulele
KHNL 8 story: "Kamaka ‘Ukelele Factory"
Midweek article: "Sam Kamaka Jr."
The official site of Jake Shimabukuro