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Kamaka Ukulele celebrates 100th with Reyn Spooner collaboration

May 6th, 2016
PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMFrom left: Chris Kamaka, Sam Kamaka, Fred Kamaka Sr., Fred Kamaka Jr. and Casey Kamaka pose for a picture during a VIP reception at Reyn Spooner's downtown store on Wednesday.

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

From left: Chris Kamaka, Sam Kamaka, Fred Kamaka Sr., Fred Kamaka Jr. and Casey Kamaka pose for a picture during a VIP reception at Reyn Spooner's downtown store on Wednesday.

Kamaka Ukulele continued its centennial celebration this week with the debut of two new aloha shirt designs released in collaboration with Reyn Spooner.

Second-generation owners Sam Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Sr. were on hand at Reyn’s downtown storefront on Wednesday to enjoy pupu from Tiki’s Grill and Bar and cocktails by mixologist Joey Gottesman. Third generation owners Chris Kamaka, Casey Kamaka and Fred Kamaka, Jr. were also part of the celebration.

ukulele display

ukulele and apron

gottesman

“Our collaboration with Kamaka is something really special,” said Reyn Spooner president Kirk Hubbard. “We’re really happy we could support their 100th year anniversary. It was a lot of fun sharing in their celebration.”

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Fred Kamaka, Jr. serves as business manager for his family’s company and spoke on their behalf.

“This is a wonderful milestone year for us, but it’s not just a celebration of the business and it’s not just a celebration of the family, but it’s a celebration of the ukulele as an instrument,” he said. “We couldn’t have lasted this long without the support of the people of Hawaii who have kept us going all these years.”

The 100th anniversary aloha shirts come in two designs. The Kamaka Ukulele 100 Years is offered in red, navy and charcoal and made from Spooner Kloth in Reyn’s classic relaxed fit.

aloha shirt

The Kamaka Ukulele Contour design is offered in Reyn’s Modern fit and made from Tahitian cotton; colors available are black, blue and maroon.

Both designs retail for about $100 and are available for purchase online at reynspooner.com.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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