Early Kamaka Ukulele ad, 1919.


Koa ukuleles and guitars. Kamaka Ukulele & Guitar Works, 1039 E. Fifth Ave., Kaimuki.

(Star-Bulletin, 4/14/1919, p. 11)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXVI, Number 8422, Page 11. April 14, 1919.


Pan-Pacific Club promotes the ukulele, 1916.


Plans to Co-operate With Promotion Committee To Put Instrument Where It Belongs


Quality and Output In Large Numbers Urged To Compete With Manufacturers In States

The Hawaiian ukulele in all its parts was one of the first exhibits of home manufacture to be sent to the Pan-Pacific industrial museum, and the Pan-Pacific Club is now co-operating with the promotion committee to put the Hawaiian ukulele where it belongs in the mainland. The promotion committee has received severe criticism from leading music houses in the mainland, setting forth the advantages of machine-made koa ukuleles manufactured in the mainland from Hawaiian wood, and insinuating that the hand made ukuleles of Hawaii might be greatly improved if up-to-date methods and machinery were used under the supervision of instrumental specialists from the mainland. They point out that as many thousands of ukuleles are sold every month now throughout America, and the little Hawaiian instrument has become recognized and a permanent place made for it, it might be well for the Hawaiian manufacturers to get together and pull together.

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Kumalae ukulele in Missouri, 1917.


It’s Ukulele Time at

The Music House


Learn to play this fascinating Hawaiian instrument. New Complete, Original Method taught by Messrs. Paul L. French and Louis M. Johnson of California. For a Limited Time Only, 5-lessson Complete Course, 25c and 50c each lesson in classes; individual instruction, 75 cents per lesson. Take a “Uke” on your vacation.

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Kumalae ukulele in Utah, 1916.

Opening Sale and Demonstration Extraordinary


In Music SectionMain FloorAll Week.


We have taken the agency for the celebrated Kumalae Ukuleles. These instruments are made of genuine Hawaiian Koa wood, are of the standard size and shape, hand-made throughout. A ukulele expert will demonstrate these wonderful little instruments in our sheet music department all week.

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Jonah Kumalae gets contract to supply 250 ukulele per month, 1915.


From the news heard from San Francisco, the stringed instrument, the ukulele, is greatly desired all over America because thousands of visitors at the exposition at San Francisco saw and heard for themselves the ukulele being played.

Jonah Kumalae earlier had a contract to supply two hundred fifty ukulele a month to a company selling the musical instruments in San Francisco, but now the number has been increased to five hundred ukulele per month.

Because some people really wanted to see an ukulele being played, they requested to be taught to play that stringed instrument, and Kailimai was the one who provided instruction to some people. Continue reading

Hawaiian music and ukulele in Japan, 1933.

Returning Once Again to Hawaii Nei

A Japanese boy born here in Hawaii and who went back to Japan to enter into a College in Japan, and who is a child of Dr. Katsugoro Haida, came back to Hawaii after being away from Hawaii for 12 years.

The reason for his return to Hawaii was because of his desire to learn Hawaiian Mele and to learn how to sing them.

According to him, the Japanese of the Universities are enthralled by Hawaiian songs, and so too of the Ukulele.

That boy, Yoshitaku Haida [Yoshikatsu Haida, aka Haruhiko Haida, aka Yukihiko Haida] is his name, said that when he went to Japan, he sang some Hawaiian Songs that he had memorized while in Hawaii nei; so also with the ukulele, he was quite skillful in playing it; and it became something big with the Japanese youth going to that University [Keio University].

Because this boy saw the great interest the Japanese had for Hawaiian music, he decided to return to the land of his birth and increase his knowledge in Singing Hawaiian Music, and that was the reason for his coming back.

It is just he and his younger brother [Katsuhiko Haida] who are skilled at Hawaiian songs, to raise up Hawaii, and that is why he is learning Singing until he is proficient, at which point he will return to Japan where he will become a teacher of Hawaiian mele to the Japanese in Japan, and raise up the land of my [his] birth.

Upon arriving in Honolulu, he went to the Japanese Church on Fort Street to say a prayer for his father who has passed to the other world. He may be here in Hawaii for perhaps a year before turning back for Japan, to fulfill his desire to bring fame to his birth land.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 2/14/1933, p. 3)

Huli Hoi Hou I Hawaii Nei

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXVI, Helu 37, Aoao 3. Feberuari 14, 1933.