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specialmike
10-20-2009, 01:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUhJkF6Qa6w

WHY IN THE WORLD DOES IT ONLY HAVE 316 VIEWS?!!!

20,000 + ON UU, THERE SHOULD BE OVER 20,000 VIEWS ON THIS VIDEO!!!

jinny
10-20-2009, 01:51 PM
thanks for the link. love watching things like that.

reminds me of a PBS Hawaii show that aired a while back on our local PBS station, I think it was called, " Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka 'Ukulele". That deaf guy (I think his name is George Morita... I don't know why i remember that) that worked in the factory for 50 years in thi vid in your link had "only" been there for 47 at the time of the PBS show filming. Jake's in it, so is a bunch of others like Jim Beloff (the Fluke and Flea guy), Gordon Mark, Bryan Tolentino, and of course the Kamaka family. Good show... worth a look.

vahn
10-20-2009, 01:52 PM
They had an aweessssommmmeeee kamaka documentary on pbs a few months ago, i wonder if this footage is from that? Either way awesome.

Hobgoblin Steve
10-20-2009, 02:26 PM
They had an aweessssommmmeeee kamaka documentary on pbs a few months ago, i wonder if this footage is from that? Either way awesome.

which did NOT air near me. I checked.

wickedwahine11
10-20-2009, 02:39 PM
I must be one of the 316...because I actually copied that video onto my iPhone. Okay, yes I'm an obsessive personality. I just think it is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful instrument, and I love the quality of the video, including the background song -- which I'd really like to learn how to play.

specialmike
10-20-2009, 05:33 PM
thanks for the link. love watching things like that.

reminds me of a PBS Hawaii show that aired a while back on our local PBS station, I think it was called, " Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka 'Ukulele". That deaf guy (I think his name is George Morita... I don't know why i remember that) that worked in the factory for 50 years in thi vid in your link had "only" been there for 47 at the time of the PBS show filming. Jake's in it, so is a bunch of others like Jim Beloff (the Fluke and Flea guy), Gordon Mark, Bryan Tolentino, and of course the Kamaka family. Good show... worth a look.

yeah, I heard about it, but it never aired anywhere near me!!! I've been trying to find a dvd copy or something, but I can't find it on the PBS site!!!

KC8AFW
10-20-2009, 05:41 PM
yeah, I heard about it, but it never aired anywhere near me!!! I've been trying to find a dvd copy or something, but I can't find it on the PBS site!!!

http://www.pbs.org/heartstrings/

specialmike
10-20-2009, 05:45 PM
http://www.pbs.org/heartstrings/

the dvd... i found this site, but not the dvd

Ukulele Jim
10-20-2009, 06:06 PM
If you find the DVD, let me know.

jinny
10-20-2009, 06:11 PM
the dvd... i found this site, but not the dvd
I don't think it's available on DVD yet... at least not from PBS

I think I have it recorded on my DVR. I'm in Los Angeles, you wanna come over to watch it? ;)

Ronnie Aloha
10-20-2009, 07:23 PM
I don't think it's available on DVD yet... at least not from PBS

I think I have it recorded on my DVR. I'm in Los Angeles, you wanna come over to watch it? ;)

Can you burn it to DVD?

jinny
10-21-2009, 01:15 PM
Can you burn it to DVD?
yes i can... er, well, i've done it before for other programs that i've recorded, so i assume i can puzzle out the way to do it again.

i am planning to upload it in some format to one of my servers... for people to "evaluate"

i am not trying to make any money off of it. and i do not want to infringe on anyone's copyrights. So please nobody sue me. It will be in lower quality than the original airing. but that is a function of the compression used by my DVR.

I can't remember what format it is in at the moment but I am sure you could take it and burn it to dvd to play on a dvd player. like I said i've done it before so i know it's possible.

jinny
10-22-2009, 04:30 AM
okay, since i don't want to get in trouble AND I don't want to overload my servers, i request that we keep this link minimally distributed...

http://theoks.com/stuff/Heart Strings.avi (right-click-"save as")

i hope that works. I don't know how long I will keep it on my server... so don't be surprised if it is not there someday.

it's a pretty big file (just over 200 megs) and that's after i compressed it even more. The compresson cuts the quality a bit, but i'd say it's still better than a youtube vid.
you might need to download a codec to play it with Media Player (I think its the Xvid codec). Mac users can use VLC to play it.

Rubbertoe
10-22-2009, 06:33 AM
That was such a great film. Thank you so much for posting it. I've been seaching the net for this since it first aired (it never did make it out to my neck of the woods). Thank you again!

jinny
10-23-2009, 11:16 AM
That was such a great film. Thank you so much for posting it. I've been seaching the net for this since it first aired (it never did make it out to my neck of the woods). Thank you again!
glad you enjoyed it!



As an aside to others... looking at the server stats, it appears that quite a few people are taking advantage of the link for the Heart Strings recording that I posted... not nearly enough to crash the server tho. ;) GO get it before I take it down!

citizenjazz
11-05-2009, 05:42 PM
Hi,

I visited Kamaka factory last August and really enjoyed it.

I made a little report (http://www.archive-host.com/compteur.php?url=http://sd-1.archive-host.com/membres/up/85221826311597877/2009-08-14_Kamaka_Factory_Tour_US.pdf) about it. Hope you'll like it.

Alain.

pamelamama
11-05-2009, 06:04 PM
how excellent!

pamelamama
11-05-2009, 06:44 PM
great report, citizenjazz, and I loved that documentary. what heart.

kailua
11-06-2009, 10:53 AM
specialmike: Thanks for the youtube vid. Hadn't seen that one. Great stuff.
jinny: Thanks for the Heart Strings link. Hadn't seen that one, too. It wasn't shown in our area. Great story.

citizenjazz: Great photos. Thanks.