Samuel Kamaka Jr. and Frederick Kamaka Sr. have devoted their lives to ensuring the success of Kamaka Hawaii and the perpetuation of Hawaiian values, culture, and music. Established in 1916, Kamaka Hawaii is a family owned and operated business making fine handcrafted ukuleles. The company has helped many others start new businesses, providing advice and sharing supplies, vendors and distribution networks; they've led factory tours and conducted workshops on topics like lean manufacturing, waste materials management, and customer satisfaction. The company also supports various educational efforts, non-profit and business organizations and music festivals.
In 2015, representing Kamaka Hawaii, Sam and Fred won a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement - Makana Ho'oko no ke Ola. Nominated by Angeline Shiroma, First Hawaiian Bank.
Pictured: Sam Kamaka Jr. and Frederick Kamaka Sr.