Kamaka Ukulele tours are available Tuesday through Friday at 10am. The tours are said to run about 30 – 45 minutes, but during our visit it lasted at least an hour. Our tour was given by Sam Jr., the son of the founder. Kamaka and Sons was established in 1916. The hand made Ukulele’s are some of the finest in the world and made from Koa, a wood found in Hawaii with rosewood and ebony. Each Ukulele takes about five months and they say no two are ever the same.
The tour is as much a history of Hawaii, the Kamaka family and the Ukulele and includes a visit to the workshop where the work is done. It’s a truly fascinating tour and well worth a place on you Oahu travel itinerary.
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Todd Meisler was born and raised on Long Island, New York and moved to California in the seventies. Todd Meisler currently resides in San Diego, CA where he is consulting and operating a web development agency called ZD Design Agency. He spent the early part of his life exposed to big band and concert music through his father, who was a drummer turned bandleader during those years. As an early teen Todd began his journey to art and photography, working in the dark room and painting in watercolor. In his teen years Todd was primarily a musician playing the Hollywood club circuit trying to pass for 18 in local clubs. As time went on Todd continuesto play drums and sing lead vocals in several bands by night, and by day stays busy shooting photography for magazines and online publications and running the agency.
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