The story of Kamaka and Sons Ukulele Company is an inspiring one. Plucking away for almost 100 years, they’re the only company, of all the ukulele manufacturers of the early 20th century, to have survived. More than survive, they’ve thrived. Projecting aloha and pono into their product and business model, their accomplishments and longevity are steeped in (and attributed to) Hawaiian values. Chronicling this success story “about hard work, fortitude, honesty and creativity,” is the film Heart Strings, to be shown as part of the Hawaiian Heritage Film Festival. Following the Sunday afternoon screening, a discussion and Q&A session will be held with the film’s producer, Dawn Kaniaupio. Can’t wait until Sunday and want to scoop some extra info? I happen to watch a lot of Antiques Roadshow, and will direct you, if I may, to the 2007 Honolulu episode (11th season), where local appraiser David Bosney visited the factory (pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/cities/honolulu_2007.html). 242-7469, www.mauiarts.org
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