Watch Jake Shimabukuro and Chris Kamaka Play “Hi’ilawe”

By Greg Olwell We just can’t resist this outtake from the PBS series Craft in America, which shows ukulele hero Jake Shimaburkuro playing one of the most beautiful songs ever to come from Hawaii, “Hi’ilawe,” with Chris Kamaka and Chris Kamaka Jr.…


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Kamaka Hits 100: Five Generations of World-Class Ukuleles

ABOVE: Fred Kamaka Sr. and the Kamaka 100-anniversary headstock. (Fred Kamaka photo by Christopher Phaneuf.) From the Summer 2016 Issue | BY AUDREY COLEMAN The Anaheim Hilton’s California Ballroom conveyed a glitz that at first seemed removed from the art and craft…

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Ukulele Sessions NAMM 2016: Kalei Gamiao

Kalei Gamiao stopped by the Ukulele booth at NAMM 2016 to perform “Separate Ways” on his Kamaka tenor ukulele. Watch the deft fingerpicker play “Separate Ways” in advance of his world tour with Taimane Gardner. Read more about Kalei in Ukulele‘s Fall 2015 issue.


#TBT Kicking Off Kamaka’s Centennial

By Greg Olwell For this week’s throwback Thursday, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate one of the most important ukulele makers ever. This year marks the 100th anniversary since Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka began building ukuleles in his one-man shop…