Stolen instrument returned to Ho’okena’s bassist – Honolulu Star

  • JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Chris Kamaka poses for a print with a drum that was stolen from his parked automobile Thursday. The instrument was recovered Friday morning during a Zippy’s grill in Kalihi.

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A day after it went missing, Chris Kamaka’s honest drum was behind in a award-winning musician’s hands.

Kamaka, bassist for Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning organisation Ho‘okena, was all smiles Friday afternoon as he took a fibre instrument out of a box during his family’s South Street business, Kamaka Hawaii, and strummed a few notes. He and his son, Chris Kamaka Jr., had only picked it adult during a Zippy’s grill in Kalihi after being sensitive it had been forsaken off.

“Oh, we only felt relieved and only happy,” he pronounced of observant it once again. “I only wanted to appreciate everybody. we appreciated all a concern, all a eagerness to assistance me.”

Managers during Zippy’s kept a instrument protected until Kamaka and his son picked it adult during about 1:30 p.m. The blue box was on backward, and a overpass shifted a small bit, remarkable Kamaka, though he pronounced a repairs can be simply fixed.

On Thursday morning Kamaka parked his automobile during a Keauhou Place open parking garage in Kakaako and returned to find one of his windows damaged and a drum missing. It happened during about 8:40 a.m., he said, and a suspects were believed to have taken off with it in a china Honda Odyssey.

Through old-school “coconut wireless” word of mouth and amicable media posts, news of a blank drum widespread quickly. Fellow rope member Horace K.
Dudoit III perceived a phone call Friday observant that a instrument would be left during Zippy’s.

The drum has good nauseating value for Kamaka, who hereditary it from his aunt Marian Diamond, of a Marian Diamond Trio, after she died some-more than 20 years ago. The bass, that has had a lot of correct work finished on it, including rags where termites caused damage, is during slightest 70 years old.

While it might not be a best-looking bass, Kamaka pronounced it’s one of a best he’s ever played.

“You (can’t) kick a sound,” he said.

Kamaka had only played a stand-up drum with Ho‘okena in a opening Tuesday dusk to assistance Gov. David Ige acquire Japan’s Prince Akishino and his wife, Princess Kiko, to cooking during Washington Place.

He pronounced as distant as he is concerned, a drum is behind in one piece. Police will follow adult on a case, and hopefully a perpetrators will have schooled a doctrine on doing a right thing, he added.

“I only wish to appreciate everybody,” he said.

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