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Kaai

Made by the Kaai ukulele manufacturing Co. of Hawaii. which was run by Ernest Kaai. Ernest Kaai was called "the greatest Hawaiian ukulele player" and he also wrote the first known Ukulele instruction book in 1910. Earnest Kaai Hawwaiian Ukulele Company was in business from about 1909 until 1920 when it was sold to the "Aloha Ukulele Manufacturing Company", although Ukuleles continued to be produced with the Kaai name for many years. the "Aloha Ukulele Manufacturing Company" went out of business in the mid thirties. Ernest Kaai died in 1962. Many Kaai (and other Hawaiian instruments) are marked "Honolulu, T.H." the T.H. stands for "Territory of Hawaii" a term which was in use from 1889 until Hawaii became a State in august of 1959.

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