Honors & Awards
- Kamaka Hawaii becomes a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.
- Kamaka Hawaii receives the Recognition Award for "outstanding and valuable
service" from the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii.
- On behalf of the State of Hawaii, Sam Kamaka Jr. and Fred Kamaka Sr. demonstrate
the art of ukulele making at the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American
Folklife in Washington, D.C.
- On the 30th Anniversary of Hawaii's Statehood, Kamaka Hawaii receives the
Riley H. Allen Award for Creativity in Newspaper Advertising for the Progress
Edition, from the Hawaii Newspaper Agency.
- Kamaka Hawaii receives the Outstanding Employer of Persons with Disabilities
Award given by the State of Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the
Blind Division and presented by Senator Daniel Inouye.
- The Mahalo Award is presented to Kamaka Hawaii "in grateful acknowledgement &
appreciation for exemplifying the true spirit of Aloha by participating and supporting
the 20th Annual Ukulele Festival" from Mayor Frank Fasi and Ukulele Festival
Director Roy Sakuma.
- Kamaka Hawaii receives the Riley H. Allen Award for Distinguished Achievement
in Newspaper Advertising from the Hawaii Newspaper Agency.
- Sam Kamaka Jr. and Fred Kamaka Sr. are selected as the
Hawaiian Business Persons of the Year and given the prestigious 'O'o Award from the Hawaiian
Business/Professional Association (now known as the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce).
In conjunction with the 16th Annual 'O'o Award Banquet at the Willows, Mayor
Frank Fasi proclaims April 30, 1992 as "Samuel and Frederick Kamaka Day." The Kamaka brothers
also receive certificates of recognition and honor from the State of Hawaii Senate, State of
Hawaii House of Representatives, and the Council of the City & County of Honolulu.
Furthermore, Governor John Waihee presents Sam Jr. and Fred Sr. with certificates of commendation.
In those certificates, Sam Jr. is recognized as "one of the legends of the music industry" and
"one of Hawaii's favorite sons." The Governor also mentions Fred Sr.'s "long and most
distinguished" history of military service in which he received the Silver Star for valor during
the Korean War.
.the primary tool of the Hawaiian mahi'ai (farmer) was the 'O'o digging stick
apt symbol of the hard work that each future recipient of the award would have had to do in order
to excel in life and thus become a salutary example for others
'O'o is a symbol of recognition for Hawaiian business professionals who have excelled in our
community. The 'O 'o Award honors men and women who have demonstrated skill, creativity,
innovation and industry - all key ingredients for survival and success in modern Hawaii.
Use the following links to find out more about the
Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce
- Kamaka Hawaii receives the Holo I Mua Award for
Excellence from the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii (now known as the "Torch Award for Business
Ethics"). In 77 years of manufacturing, no customer complaints were lodged against the company.
The BBB Torch Awards for Business Ethics honors businesses that demonstrate exceedingly high
standards. The award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethics in business, but
also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure Hawaii's marketplace
remains fair to all of us living and visiting in our islands.
More information on the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii
Torch Awards for Business Ethics.
- Sam Kamaka Jr. is asked to create the koa carrying case for the Damien reliquary which is
returned to Molokai following the beatification ceremony in Brussels, Belgium. Sam Jr. also
constructs the solid milo wood burial container for the reliquary and its reinternment at
Father Damien's grave in Kalawao, Molokai.
- The 20th Legislature of the House of Representatives of the State of Hawaii passes House
Resolution No. 99, recognizing and congratulating Fred Sr., Sam Jr. and Kamaka Hawaii,
Inc. for continuing the business of "making fine ukuleles esteemed throughout the world and
thus preserving Hawaiian culture and contributing to world music."
- Sam Kamaka Sr. is the seventh person inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum in
Rhode Island, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of ukulele history.
Sam Jr. and Fred Sr. attend and participate in the induction ceremony in West Orange, New Jersey.
Visit the Ukulele Hall of Fame
for more information.
- Sam Kamaka, Jr. receives the "Ukulele Treasure" award from the
Ukulele Guild of Hawaii for his outstanding
achievement and steadfast commitment to the perpetuation of the ukulele.
- Sam Kamaka, Jr. and Fred Kamaka, Sr. receive the Hookahiko Award from Outrigger for their
longstanding dedication to crafting world renown ukuleles.
- Dawn Kaniaupio of Alphamedia Productions and Director Stuart Yamane complete the PBS documentary entitled
"Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka 'Ukulele,"
- Sam Kamaka, Jr. and Fred Kamaka, Sr. receive the David Malo Award for their outstanding contributions
in promoting an understanding and appreciation of the richness of Hawaiian culture and heritage. The award
was presented by the Rotary Club of West Honolulu
- Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. Tenor 4-String Ukulele receives Acoustic Guitar Magazine's People's Choice Bronze Award in Other Stringed Instruments Category.
- Samuel Kamaka, Jr. and Frederick Kamaka, Sr. are inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum in Rhode Island, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of ukulele history.
- Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. receives Pacific Edge Magazine Business Achievement Award for Family-Run Business
- Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. receives Hawaii Magazine Readers' Choice Award for Best Ukulele Maker
- Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame which celebrates the achievements of significant individuals and groups who "promote, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian music and hula."
- Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Large Business
- Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. receives Hawaii Magazine Readers' Choice Award for Best Ukulele Maker for the second time
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