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Trinimon
09-04-2012, 03:55 PM
Finally got through some 1700+ images I took during my trip in June/July.

Here's the pics from my Kamaka factory tour. You've GOT to add this tour along with the KoAloaha one when next you're in Oahu! Sadly I missed out on the KoAloha one but I'll be back.

Fred Kamaka demonstrating My Dog Has Fleas.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8308/7933846366_a8c044c9ce_c.jpg

Showing off the various sizes... a baritone in this instance.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7797642494_e2ff0ddc20_c.jpg

Explaining the cost of wood and what Koa is to their industry.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8038/7933792016_8dbcbcdef3_c.jpg

Bookmatching...
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8173/7933789064_fb0397418f_c.jpg

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 04:03 PM
Playing a few bars on a 6-string Liliu.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/7933810696_d953b8be6e_c.jpg

...and a spruce top Ohta San.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8442/7933806808_2b30f0aeda_c.jpg

Pointing out his dad and founder or Kamaka Ukulele, Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8446/7933804204_1fa8eb77d6_c.jpg

Installing the bracing on a ukulele's soundboard.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8288/7797641788_f9bbfffb1a_c.jpg

vanflynn
09-04-2012, 04:03 PM
Wow, now that be some 'ukulele history walking. I'd love to see some more pics with some narrative if you get the time. How many Ukes did you come home with?

Canoe Lady
09-04-2012, 04:03 PM
Great shots! Share more? What was the best part?

wickedwahine11
09-04-2012, 04:05 PM
These are wonderful photos, thank you for sharing them.

Ikelele
09-04-2012, 04:06 PM
Great photos, thank you for sharing them

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 04:07 PM
Explaining the various bracing system Kamaka uses in their ukuleles.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/7933800792_5172fabde7_c.jpg

Demonstrating the more efficient bending equipment.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8447/7933797776_12a604ab28_c.jpg

Adding the serial number...
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Concert Sail design headstocks ready for installation.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/7797646978_0016556d77_c.jpg

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 04:09 PM
Celebrity Kamaka owners' photos in the showroom.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8443/7882862848_496f2f2306_c.jpg

There might be a few I didn't bother posting but can't show you EVERYTHING or I'd ruin your tour. :)

bdukes
09-04-2012, 04:12 PM
Great shots, Carlton! Looks like you had a great time. Any new additions?

Love the concert headstocks pic.

dkcrown
09-04-2012, 04:22 PM
Thanks for posting Trinimon. I love looking at these tour photos and videos. I'll get there someday.

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 04:24 PM
Wow, now that be some 'ukulele history walking. I'd love to see some more pics with some narrative if you get the time. How many Ukes did you come home with?

I'd love to narrate but I don't have a voice for that and it wouldn't be the same as hearing it directly from Mr. Fred Kamaka himself.. or should that be Uncle Kamaka? Oh, if I wasn't limited by available funds, I'd have ordered one of each size uke! Love that pineapple!

Off topic here but how does one get designated as "Uncle" in Hawaii? I know growing up in the Caribbean, we'd call any older friend of the family "uncle" and "aunty" but is that the same in Hawaiian culture?



Great shots! Share more? What was the best part?

Mahalo! For me, while I thought the tour was very informative on the company's beginnings, production and values of the Kamaka name, I think the best part was the candid moments with Fred with just a peek at their personal lives and the childhood stories of them growing up. You get that same feeling you get if you've ever sat down with your parents or more so your grandparents and listening to what they did as a child etc. You walk out feeling a bit like ohana... until you see the bill for your brand new "special" order uke! lol

I did manage to capture some video of the candid moments with Fred Kamaka. I'm working on splicing the clips together but my computer seems to be getting sluggish just like me these days.


Great photos, thank you for sharing them

Thanks, my pleasure.

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 04:27 PM
Great shots, Carlton! Looks like you had a great time. Any new additions?

Love the concert headstocks pic.

Thanks. Yeah, I came home with this HF3-S and a lot lighter wallet. The date stamp on it missed my birthday by a few days! Shucks! lol

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7740227456_79a7d82a9c_c.jpg

vanflynn
09-04-2012, 04:42 PM
Off topic here but how does one get designated as "Uncle" in Hawaii? I know growing up in the Caribbean, we'd call any older friend of the family "uncle" and "aunty" but is that the same in .

Oh please start this as a new thread. If you don't, I will. Growing up a US military Brat I had many non blood Uncles that I love. Would love to hear how it goes elsewhere.

caukulele
09-04-2012, 04:51 PM
Wonderful pictures! Thanks so much for taking the time to share. I don't know if I will ever get to Hawaii, so I really appreciate that you shared your tour with us. What fun and what fantastic instruments!

mds725
09-04-2012, 05:23 PM
Thanks for posting your great photos! I got to remember my Kamaka tour in April 2011 (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?46049-My-Kamaka-Factory-Tour) all over again. Fred's a great guide and a great storyteller, and he clearly loves what he and his family do.

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 05:37 PM
Wonderful pictures! Thanks so much for taking the time to share. I don't know if I will ever get to Hawaii, so I really appreciate that you shared your tour with us. What fun and what fantastic instruments!

If you can't get to Hawaii, here's what you're missing...

A visual journey through Oahu and Big Island, my 2012 trip (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reelmemories/sets/72157631102095824/show)

Lideruke
09-04-2012, 05:50 PM
Amazing slideshow pics! You have a terrific eye (and camera!). Gourmet donkey balls!

Trinimon
09-04-2012, 07:19 PM
Amazing slideshow pics! You have a terrific eye (and camera!). Gourmet donkey balls!

Thanks Lideruke. I never got the Donkey Balls candy thing in Hawaii. Supposedly started 14 odd yrs ago. That cat sleeping with the Donkey Balls was the original store up in Kainaliu. lol

bdukes
09-05-2012, 12:26 AM
Thanks. Yeah, I came home with this HF3-S and a lot lighter wallet. The date stamp on it missed my birthday by a few days! Shucks! lol

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7740227456_79a7d82a9c_c.jpg

Wow. Forgot you had said you ordered one to coincide with your trip. Gonna need a full review on that beauty. The racing stripe is awesome. Congrats and enjoy.

caukulele
09-05-2012, 02:54 AM
If you can't get to Hawaii, here's what you're missing...

A visual journey through Oahu and Big Island, my 2012 trip (http://www.flickr.com/photos/reelmemories/sets/72157631102095824/show)
Wow, Thanks for the link to your incredible photos!!!!

PedalFreak
09-05-2012, 03:19 AM
The date stamp on it missed my birthday by a few days! Shucks! lol

Nice! My wife and I were in Kaua'i & Oahu 5 months after we were married. I bought my Kamaka Tenor while there, and after I bought it (after playing a ton of them), I looked inside and the date stamp was 3 days before our wedding. Oct 7, 2012, we were maried 10-10-10. We both liked that :)

mm stan
09-05-2012, 04:46 AM
Aloha Carlton,
Yes yes great pictures...maybe a Hawaii postcard video kiosk...no forget, will get some hula girls..and sell kamakas...

savagehenry
09-05-2012, 05:09 AM
Thanks for the great pictures, my wife said that Hawaii was beautiful. She said that if I took her hiking in Hawaii, she would take me ukulele shopping. Maybe next year we'll go there on vacation and see some of your pics in person.

Mandarb
09-05-2012, 06:48 AM
Very cool! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your new uke!

Newportlocal
09-05-2012, 08:06 AM
Really great post. Congratulations on the new uke. What a beauty!

erivel
09-05-2012, 08:28 AM
These pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing them. You should be Kamaka's official photographer!

Trinimon
09-05-2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks for the kind words guys & gals. You've got me flattered that's for sure and now my head won't fit through my door! lol

Mahalo!

Bruddah Stan! Find us a nice spot to setup the kiosk! Maybe we can sell two to three pics in a month for $5.... total. The hula girls would make more tips than us! lol

gyosh
09-05-2012, 11:57 AM
Watched the awesome slideshow. Wanted more pics of the food at Helena's :)

Thank you for sharing!

peterp
09-05-2012, 05:23 PM
a trip to oahu is now "in the works" for us. thanks for sharing your photos.

smellofstrings
09-05-2012, 06:03 PM
Thanks for sharing! :drool:

Trinimon
09-06-2012, 05:22 AM
Thanks guys. :)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-06-2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks for sharing, Trinimon. Your full slideshow made me hungry!

PedalFreak
09-06-2012, 09:12 AM
Thanks for sharing, Trinimon. Your full slideshow made me hungry!

I know! I'm craving a plate lunch right now!

Someone want to run up to Giovanni's and mail me a couple orders of Shrimp? 1 scampy, and one "No Refund" :D

Trinimon
09-06-2012, 10:40 AM
Damn, I can smell all that oily garlic sauce from here! If not a Rainbow Drive-In mix plate or L&L short rib plate will do nicely! Mmmmm...

Lalz
09-06-2012, 09:42 PM
Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing! Don't you just want to give Fred Kamaka a big hug when you see these? Wonderful.
I'll make sure to add the Kamaka Factory to my list of locations to visit when I do one of my frequent daydreaming imaginary trips to Hawaii :)

migal
09-06-2012, 11:05 PM
Wow thanks for sharing. Got back from Hawaii 3 weeks ago and your super photos made me wanna be back there especially the shot of Sam Rosen at his Holualoa Uke Gallery and the couple of shots of the Manago Hotel and their menu. We stayed there on the recommendation of a local in Hilo who said it was the "old Hawaii" it certainly was and by far and away the cheapest ($59 a night) and the food was by far the best we had in Hawaii, bar none.

I missed the most southern food in the USA but being an Aussie I didn't miss the most southern bar and enjoyed a Longboard or two there.

Mike

molokinirum
09-11-2012, 03:46 AM
Thanks for posting Trinimon!! I did the Kamaka tour in 2011 and Fred Sr. was on vacation and Fred Jr. took his place. Great tour and super nice people!!!

KentSantaBarbara
09-11-2012, 08:40 AM
Mahalo Carlton. It was a wonderful video to watch. And excellent photos. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to put it together. I don't know when i'll get to do the Kamaka tour, but it's on my list of things to do.

Steedy
09-11-2012, 09:10 AM
Super nice photos! You must be a professional shutterbug.

Makes me want to visit Hawaii and buy a Kamaka even more than before! :)

Trinimon
09-11-2012, 10:09 AM
Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing! Don't you just want to give Fred Kamaka a big hug when you see these? Wonderful.
I'll make sure to add the Kamaka Factory to my list of locations to visit when I do one of my frequent daydreaming imaginary trips to Hawaii :)


Yes! Being around Fred Kamaka is like hanging out with your grand dad and at the end of the tour, you're sad to say farewell and want to give him a big hug and say thanks for keeping the Kamaka ukulele alive.


Wow thanks for sharing. Got back from Hawaii 3 weeks ago and your super photos made me wanna be back there especially the shot of Sam Rosen at his Holualoa Uke Gallery and the couple of shots of the Manago Hotel and their menu. We stayed there on the recommendation of a local in Hilo who said it was the "old Hawaii" it certainly was and by far and away the cheapest ($59 a night) and the food was by far the best we had in Hawaii, bar none.

I missed the most southern food in the USA but being an Aussie I didn't miss the most southern bar and enjoyed a Longboard or two there.

Mike

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, Sam Rosen is an awesome person to talk with. He was mentioning that they had a luthier workshop for people who want to build their own ukes. I might take him up on that the next time I'm on the Big Island for 2wks. Supposedly there are a couple different workshops depending on how much time you can dedicate to the program. One for 10wks(??) where you learn everything from scratch or the shorter one (forgot how long) where most of the time consuming parts of the uke is pre-done for you. I'd like to stay a couple days at Manago next time! It looks so quaint and like you've walked back in time into the 60's/70's! Not to mention, the Kona Chip company is next door! Mmmmmm!


Thanks for posting Trinimon!! I did the Kamaka tour in 2011 and Fred Sr. was on vacation and Fred Jr. took his place. Great tour and super nice people!!!

Thanks! I'll definitely add the Kamaka tour to my list again next time I go. I like the free souvenir they give you. :)


Mahalo Carlton. It was a wonderful video to watch. And excellent photos. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to put it together. I don't know when i'll get to do the Kamaka tour, but it's on my list of things to do.

Thanks. You gotta do the tour for sure. Maybe it's a bit of brainwashing and definitely marketing but at the end of the tour, you get an appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes etc and a better appreciation of the Kamaka name. Oh, it makes you want to buy every single Kamaka model offered! What's so cool is that even though that Kamaka pineapple antique uke is priceless, Fred will let you try it.


Super nice photos! You must be a professional shutterbug.

Makes me want to visit Hawaii and buy a Kamaka even more than before! :)


Thanks Steedy. I've been dabbling in photography for some time and used to have a joint part-time business with my brother-in-law shooting weddings/events etc but found that was way too time consuming. Not saying I'm very good at it but a blind squirrel finds a nut every so often, right? lol

Lucky for you guys in the US, airfare at some times is half of what we pay for in Canada! ACK!