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Eddie Vedder’s Kamaka HF-3

Posted in History, Photos on February 13, 2012 by unofficialkamakaukulele

I’ve had this ready to post for a little while, just got sidetracked.  Eddie donated his Kamaka HF-3 to benefit Ferry County Rail Trail Partners (FCRTP) a little while back, and they auctioned the ukulele off on ebay.

This ukulele sold for $17,100, anyone know what the most expensive uke ever sold was???

Here is the info, and photos from the auction:

“This Kamaka ukulele was purchased new from Dusty Strings music shop in Seattle by Pearl Jam’s lead vocalist Eddie Vedder. It was lightly used for a period by Vedder only and is now being auctioned to benefit Ferry County Rail Trail Partners (FCRTP). Vedder has been a longtime supporter of FCRTP and now you can become one too. The winner of this auction becomes a lifetime FCRTP member just like Eddie.

Bonus materials included: Eddie provided a hand written note as well as personal guitar picks and stickers that will accompany the ukulele.  In the note he states that this ukulele was used during the recording of his just-released solo CD Ukulele Songs. Also of note: The canoe photo with the [I  Ferry County] sticker was taken by FCRTP president Bob Whittaker during a recent visit with Vedder and the picture is featured prominently on the songbook. YES, this is this same ukulele in the songbook photo that is up for auction here. You can Google Ferry County Rail Trail to get to our website and see more details.
100% of the proceeds go directly to FCRTP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in northeast Washington State.  Their mission is:  To preserve the rail corridor for the long term economic benefit of Ferry County and create a non-motorized trail.”

Kamaka HF-3 serial no. 110387



Custom 1 Off Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Ukulele

Posted in History, Photos on February 3, 2012 by unofficialkamakaukulele

Here is one of the most beautiful Kamaka’s ever made.  It was a 1 off Custom that Casey built using an amazing set of Master Grade Koa.  The inlay work was done by Craig Lavin and features the Hawai’i state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

I got to see and play this while at the NAMM show this year, and it is an amazing instrument!

It is for sale at Hawaii Music Supply (one of my favorite ukulele shops), you can see more of it, and even buy it HERE.  I hope it finds a good home!

Shirley Temple

Posted in Photos on December 20, 2011 by unofficialkamakaukulele

Just found this photo. I’ve seen it before, but never the full photo. Shirley Temple with a Kamaka Pineapple ukulele.

Bill Tapia 1908-2011

Posted in History, Photos on December 6, 2011 by unofficialkamakaukulele

Bill with a Kamaka Concert ukulele.  Thanks for the music “Tappy”

Photo from colleeninhawaii

1936-1937 Kalai Pineapple Parade Photos

Posted in Photos on July 29, 2011 by unofficialkamakaukulele

These photos were forwarded to me by mds725 over at the Ukulele Underground.  They were taken between 1936-37.  The float here is covered in Kalai Pineapple Ukuleles.  Thanks for the photos Mark!!!

As commented by  Kamaka: “those are actually Kalai, not Kamaka pineapples. Sam Sr. let Kalai use the pineapple decal on their ukuleles. Dates sound about right because in the 40′s, Kalai changed their name to Kalae to make it sound more Hawaiian. This information is from Fred Kamaka, Sr.”

Donald Chan Factory Tour Photos

Posted in Photos on July 11, 2011 by unofficialkamakaukulele

Some really nice shots of the Kamaka Factory during a tour by Donald Chan.

Kamaka Factory Thru the Years

Posted in History, Photos on June 23, 2011 by unofficialkamakaukulele

Sorry these photos aren’t the greatest.  I’ve searched for higher resolution copies, but can’t find any.  If anyone has any better photos please let me know!

1814 South King Street

Years Occupied: 1921-1952, 1953-1959

550 South Street

Years Occupied: 1959 – Present