His father, Sam Kamaka, created the oldest Hawaiian ukulele factory still in operation. He is at the origin of the “ukulele pineapple”. Sam Kamaka Jr. died just 3 months before his 100th birthday, Hawaii News Now reports.
He had taken over the family business in the 1950s, ensuring that the manufacture of instruments was always done in accordance with tradition, while bringing several innovations.
Sam Kamaka Jr. was known for his “kind, modest and generous nature”. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.