Fred Kamaka Sr.
(1924 - )
2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
Sons of ukulele maker
Samuel Kamaka Sr., Sam Kamaka Jr. and Fred Kamaka Sr. grew up
in the ukulele business. From helping their father as children in the 1920s to
watching over a company now run by their children, the Kamaka brothers have
been involved in the manufacture of fine ukuleles for a remarkable ten decades.
After his father’s death in 1953, Fred became a business partner to his brother,
and was the business manager at Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. when Kamaka was the only
major manufacturer of quality ukuleles in the world. Sam and Fred also ensured the company’s
long-term success by passing their skills and knowledge along to their
children, who today run the modernized company.