When Sam Kamaka first began making ukuleles in 1916, Hawaii was still a Territory. H." to show they were made in the Territory of Hawaii.Sam Kamaka's first shop, Kamaka Ukulele and Guitar Works, stood where the Japanese restaurant Gyotaku is currently located at 1814 S. A street car stop was located directly in front of the original Kamaka factory on King Street.
The Hawaiian name "Kamaka" means "the eye" or "the vision." The Hawaiian meaning of Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka's middle name is "small fish that swims in the ocean." Both Sam Sr. His hanai ("foster") father Keopuiki was one of King Kalakaua's fishermen.
Sam Kamaka (1890-1953) attended the Royal School in Honolulu from age 8 until 14.
In February 1989, Kamaka Hawaii was part of the "Good Morning, America" program.
The factory was featured on a tour by Joel Siegel, who ended the segment by playing ukulele and singing "Ukulele Lady" with Chris Kamaka.
According to reliable sources at a recent Washington State reunion, Sam refused to share his ukulele with anyone.