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Wednesday, April 12, 2000



Ukulele lulthier
Kamaka honored

Samuel Kamaka Sr., founder of Kamaka Ukulele and Guitar Works, was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in West Orange, N.J., on Sunday.

Kamaka designed and patented the "pineapple" ukulele in 1928 with its distinctive oval shape and mellow sound.

The innovator built koa ukulele for more than 40 years in Hawaii before dying in 1953 at the age of 63.

His two sons, Sam Jr. and Fred Kamaka, attended the induction.

See: Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum


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