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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station
Shortly after the turn of the century, Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka began crafting Koa wood ukuleles from the basement of his Kaimuki home. In 1916, he formed his one-man shop, "Kamaka Ukulele and Guitar Works," and soon established a solid reputation for making only the highest quality ukuleles. In 1921, Kamaka Ukulele established a shop at 1814 South King Street. In the mid-20s, Sam Kamaka laid out a pattern for a new oval-shaped ukulele body. His friends remarked that it looked like a pineapple, so one of Sam's artist friends painted the front to duplicate the tropical fruit. A few years later in 1928, Sam Kamaka patented the design. Thus began the original Pineapple Ukulele, which produced a resonant, mellow sound distinct from the traditional figure-eight. The Pineapple Ukulele became an instant success worldwide, and continues to be Kamaka's signature ukulele to this day. In 1959, the company expanded to its current location in Kakaako at 550 South Street. The Kamaka family has been a part of KIA for many years. Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm. Contact them at (808) 531-3165.
Logos Bookstore of Hawaii celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. Did you know that their origin story began a long, long time ago, in a far, far away place – Fort Street Mall, in downtown Honolulu. It’s so far away, many of you may not know where Fort St Mall is located. Logos was there for 12 years; then Ward Warehouse for 11 years; then Queen Street for 1.5 years; then Halekauwila Street for 13 years; then Keawe Street for 8 months; and now at Ward Centre for 1.5 years. Congratulations to a valuable KIA member! Open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 6pm. Contact them at (808) 596-8890.
Mahalo to the following KIA members who have renewed their 2023 membership since the beginning of March:
AOAO Waihonua at Kewalo
Bank of Hawaii
Chuck’s Corvette Clinic
City Fender & Body Service Ltd
Dave and Busters
J. Kadowaki Inc.
Kamaka Hawaii, Inc.
The Wedding Ring Shop
UH Cancer Center
UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine
2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory
Work has begun on the 2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory so that it can be complete and distributed in April. KIA member information will be printed in order for fellow members to use their services or buy their products. KIA members should renew their membership in order to be listed and receive a copy.
Mahalo to the KIA members who have placed an advertisement in the directory:
Central Pacific Bank
Children’s Discovery Center
KCAA Muriel Preschool
Obun Hawaii Group
Sherry A. Goya, LLC
Territorial Savings Bank
Wakefield Cushman Chaney Brooks
KIA Networking Event
The first KIA Networking Event for 2023 will be held in person on Wednesday, April 26th from 11:30am in the conference room at Waterfront Plaza (500 Ala Moana Blvd) ground floor. Bring your lunch, as well as business cards, flyers, brochures, etc. to share with attendees. Parking will be validated. If the KIA Directory is ready for distribution, attendees will be the first to receive them. RSVP to reserve a seat through Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text/call (808-722-8487).