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100 Years of Family Tradition–Kamaka Ukulele

Happy Valentine’s Day to all chocolate and soft music lovers. Speaking of music, Hawai‛i Forest Tracks sends regards to Kamaka Hawaii Inc–because 2016 marks one hundred years since Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka founded his Kamaka Ukulele and Guitar Works business on O’ahu in 1916.

Since then, he and his family have followed paths that have led to maintaining the reputation for craftsmanship for which Kamaka Hawaii Inc is known. Made from Hawaii’s koa wood and known for their enduring quality and design, Kamaka ukuleles are sold in the islands, nationally and internationally. Check here for Kamaka Hawaii Inc.’s expansive one-hundred-year history of fine artistry or see more photos on Facebook.



Don’t Miss the Hawai’i Wood Guild 30th Annual Show to February 26–In Historic Isaacs Art Center

If you are on Hawai’i Island, don’t’ miss one of the most memorable and exquisite art shows the islands have to offer–the Hawai’i Wood Guild 30th annual  show, held in the historic Isaacs Art Center in Waimea.  Each year, members of the Hawai’i Wood Guild, present pieces that transform Hawaii’s woods into carvings, sculptures, furniture and not-so-everyday items. World class artistry, sumptuous wood and the artists’ focus and imagination all play out in this special annual show. It’s free and open to the public and each Saturday a guild member will be at the gallery to talk story with visitors.


Conservation Connections Talk Story– Kalaemano Learning Center, Kailua Kona, Wednesday September 24, 2014

Where and When: On Wednesday, September 24 at 4:00 PM, at the Kalaemano Learning Centre, 72-3469 Kalaemano Drive, Kailua Kona.

Event: Speakers Aunty LeinaÊ»ala Keakealani, Uncle Keoki Apokolani Carter, Aunty Yvonne Yarber Carter, Ku‘ulei Keakealani, Lehua Alapai, Wilds Pihanui Brawner & Friends of Kalaemanō: Pelika Andrade–Stewards of the North Kona  ahupua‘a  of Ka‘ūpÅ«lehu will present Pili ‘Āina: Connecting and Learning from Place - Restoration as an ‘Ohana Relationship Mauka-Makai. This is a free event presented by the Ka’upulehu Community, Kalaemano Learning Centre and Hawai’i Conservation Alliance. Other supporters include Hawaii Forest Industry Association, Kamehameha Schools and Hawaii Tourism Authority. Contact person: Aunty Lei


Acacia Seed Travels from Hawai’i to Reunion Island 1.4 Million Years Ago

A recent study led by Johannes Le Roux, a molecular ecologist at Stellenbosch University in Matieland South Africa proposes that a sea bird brought a seed from Hawaii to Reunion in its stomach or stuck to its feet in a one-off event some 1.4 million years ago.

Emma Marris writes in Nature International Journal of Science that this, along with other newly discovered long-distance events, points to the role of improbable events and serendipity in shaping which species occur where.



Planning Ahead- Hawai’i Wood Guild 27th Annual Exhibit Jan.19, 2013

A highlight of the new year


For Hawaii residents and visitors, a highlight of the new year is the annual Hawaii Wood Guild Exhibit at Isaacs Gallery, Kamuela on Hawai’i island. If you’re planning a trip to the islands, this exhibit is always memorable for its display of fine quality items made with artistry and craftsmanship. Click here for more information.