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cletus
08-01-2014, 01:24 PM
A Kamaka pineapple with a sticker saying "Fabricated By Kamaka Japan"?



http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/msg/4596895620.html

hoosierhiver
08-01-2014, 01:31 PM
From 1963 to 1970, to compete against unscrupulous ukulele manufacturers who tried to sell fake "Kamaka" ukuleles in Japan, Kamaka & Sons Enterprises collaborated with Tokyo Stringed Manufacturing Co., Ltd. to produce ukuleles for sale in Japan. Called "Keiki Kamaka," the ukuleles were made of mahogany, and were only available in the standard (soprano) size. "Keiki" means "child" in Hawaiian, a fitting name for the lowest-priced, beginner's model.

lifted from Kamaka fun facts FAQ

VampireWeekday
08-01-2014, 02:41 PM
The Kamaka Keiki sopranos had a different logo on the headstock though, and I don't think any of them were pineapples. This one also looks like koa from the pictures. Not sure what to make of it.

stevepetergal
08-01-2014, 02:46 PM
I'm not suspicious at all. That's a Kamaka Keiki pineapple.

cletus
08-01-2014, 02:46 PM
The Kamaka Keiki sopranos had a different logo on the headstock though, and I don't think any of them were pineapples. This one also looks like koa from the pictures. Not sure what to make of it.

Yeah! What the hell?

hoosierhiver
08-01-2014, 02:48 PM
guess it could be one of the fakes, but it was bought in Hawaii. Hmmm

hoosierhiver
08-01-2014, 02:57 PM
more info from an old thread, apparently they weren't all mahogany not all pineapples.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?42567-Koa-Aloha-Royal-Made-in-Japan-Kamaka-Japan-made

VampireWeekday
08-01-2014, 05:03 PM
Very interesting, thanks for the link. It looks very similar to other pineapples from the period, but I didn't know they had made any in Japan. I'd go check it out if I was in the area.

Littlegman
08-02-2014, 06:25 AM
It was 1967 when I was in kindergarten in Aiea, HI. Part of our "Hawaiiana" curriculum was learning to play the ukulele, and I believe this might have been implanted on an island-wide scale. The ukes were Kamakas. I still remember the cases in which they came - semi-rigid with yellow ("kahili") lining. Forty years later, I spoke with a close friend who intimated that according to Sam Kamaka, those ukes were made in Japan to fill the massive order placed by the HI state education system. Those ukes were made of mahogany....

ukeinfused
03-04-2017, 12:10 PM
Wondering if anyone on this thread could help:
Thought I'd cross post here and see if any vintage Kamaka experts would be willing to go to my post today about "older Kamaka pineapple" on the "Buying tips" forum and give your opinion on my mystery pineapple (koa?) Kamaka...