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    Default Kafka Announces its Plans for 2016

    Dear Authorized Dealers,

    In 1916, Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka began crafting koa ukuleles from the basement of his Kaimuki, Hawaii home. In 2016, Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Here's a preview of what's coming:


    November 2015
    PBS will air Craft in America: Music. This national show will feature Kamaka Hawaii and the company's tradition of crafting fine ukuleles. http://www.craftinamerica.org/watch-...music-episode/ Check your local listings for times. (Premieres nationwide November 20, in Hawaii November 21 at 8pm with encore showings later in the month).

    December 2015
    We have not raised our prices since 2013. All prices will increase in 2016. The 2016 Price Sheet will be mailed and emailed to you.
    All stock models on your current price list will be "anniversary" editions in 2016. Both the label and the headstock will have a special 100th anniversary design.

    Hopefully by the end of the year, we will introduce our NEW MODEL – Deluxe 2I (ʻĪpuka). This will also be a stock model available in 2016.
    HF-2 D2I Concert Slotted Headstock (ʻĪpuka)
    HF-3 D2I Tenor Slotted Headstock (ʻĪpuka)
    • slotted headstock with ebony faceplate and abalone kk
    • 3A curly koa top, spruce top, or cedar top
    • rosewood binding and abalone purfling
    • abalone rosette around the sound hole
    • ebony fingerboard and bridge
    We will not do any specials/semi-customs in 2016.

    January 2016
    We will be at the NAMM Show in Anaheim January 22-25, where we will unveil the 100th Anniversary Kamaka Pineapple ukulele. It will be a limited edition model - only 100 will be made. These commemorative instruments will be sold direct from the factory on a first-come, first-served basis AFTER the NAMM Show. Customers may begin to order when it is announced on our new website. We will not take "pre-orders".

    In addition, many musical events and festivals throughout the year will honor the company.

    We will have a new logo on cases, t-shirts, hats, etc., and a new Reyn Spooner aloha shirt. Also being worked on - a commemorative Hawaiian music CD and a book by local author Joyce Fujii.

    Fred Kamaka, Sr., who turned 91 last month, continues to do our free factory tour Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30am. You and your staff are welcome to come visit us. It's an opportunity to learn our history and see first-hand how our ukuleles are crafted. Reservations are not required for the tour (unless there are six or more in your group).

    We are proud to be 100% Hawaii-owned, 100% Hawaii-managed and 100% Made in Hawaii.

    Aloha,
    KAMAKA HAWAII, INC.
    550 South Street * Honolulu * Hawaii * 96813-5010
Telephone (808) 531-3165 Fax (808) 531-3167
Email mail@kamakahawaii.com Website http://www.kamakahawaii.com
    Last edited by VegasGeorge; 10-09-2015 at 12:37 PM.
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    Wow. Nice.
    Click a photo for information!

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    Auto-correct can be a pain.

    Hmm, so I guess if I decide to get a standard Kamaka, 2016 will be the year for that. I wonder how much the prices will increase, though.

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    I smell collectables

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    I'm gonna start saving!
    30 sets of strings and counting...


    I take pictures too...

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    It will be cool to see the new models, esp the limited edition pineapple. No new ukes for me. I love my Kamaka pineapple and my other ukes are fantastic, so I am not looking to spend more money on any more instruments for a long time.

    Sign me up for a book, CD and t-shirt.
    Laura

    Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana

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    If that limited edition pineapple has a longneck option... I'm doomed!

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    Wow, congratulations to Kamaka and company for 100 years of making music more lovely! I'd love to have one of these beauties!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeray1940 View Post
    If that limited edition pineapple has a longneck option... I'm doomed!
    At least I have no such desires! That'd be a nerve wrecking night for sure.

    I would like a Kamaka at some point, but I'm not sure which of the standard models. I'm happy that they announced their plans as this removes any kind of temptation for the remainder of the year.

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    First off, thank you Vegas George for posting that, a great service to all of us affected with UAS.

    I do not own a Kamaka.........yet, I have been waiting for 2016. Now I have an idea of what is coming and I am excited. Very nice
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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