Aloha Everyone! Thank you for visiting the KoAloha Story site. Home of the KoAloha Story Film Series and the new “TalkUlele” Online video collection of KoAloha stories.
The KoAloha Ukulele Story is an animated documentary film short about Hawaii’s very own Renaissance man and inventor Alvin Okami and his amazing story about how he changed his plastics company into one of the worlds most admired and respected ukulele companies.
I was really inspired by people’s reactions to our little animated film and how it was an opportunity for people to share their own personal stories and experiences about how they found the ukulele and found a connection to the Okami and KoAloha family. Because of the amazingresponse we had from the first film I touched base with Alvin’s son Alan Okami about the possibility of putting together a Part 2 to the animated film which would tell the story of their family after the miniature ukulele was made.
The film project is called “My KoAloha Story” the idea being everyone has their own KoAloha Story, a story with heart, passion, and inspiration, a story that connects us to family. I hope in seeing the films and visiting this website you can see why I feel passionately about the work of the KoAloha Story Film Series. My KoAloha Story is not only the story of the Okami family but it is your story too, a community story that makes up the larger KoAloha Ohana. It reminds us to never forget our stories, to never forget where we came from “warts and all” because life at it’s most honest and vulnerable place of challenge and strife is where we see our true inner beauty, our humanity.
I have been very blessed to be sort of a conductor of this KoAloha Symphony of Stories. I have had the humble honor of making two documentary films about Papa KoAloha and the Okami family that I hope captures the heart of what KoAloha does best and that’s sending love out to the world with their beautiful instruments.
Papa KoAloha’s story was just the seed. And I hope that you can help me by continuing to be a part of this oral history project which does not end with the film but continues as a living archive online here at www.koalohastory.com. Whether you are a novice ukulele player or master, or just a person with a story to tell, please share and be a part of this project. This is an opportunity to share your story and to celebrate a unique and inspirational ukulele company and to add your story to the KoAloha Ohana.
Many thanks to Alvin and Pat and their two sons Alan and Pal as well as the entire KoAloha staff and family who have been so giving to this process. Thank you for supporting KoAloha and the work of these films. I encourage you to sign up and be a subscriber. We will be celebrating the work of the KoAloha films by screening them through this dedicated website and posting never before seen stories and short films right here. So stay tuned!
I hope that all these collective stories inspire you to share your KoAloha story here or in your own communities.
Mucho Maholos to all! I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Gary San Angel
The KoAloha Ukulele Story and My KoAloha Story
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