Ep.#4: Ukuleles, Entrepreneurship, and Giving Back: Jamming with Jody Kamisato
Jody Kamisato is an entrepreneur and the owner of Ukulele Hale, an ‘ukulele studio in Honolulu that has produced some of Hawaii’s greatest rising stars.
Many of his students have gone on to win international and statewide talent competitions including the dynamic duo Honoka & Azita.
Jody is also a member of the award-winning group Heart & Soul. His debut album entitled “Take it Easy” was the recipient of the 15th Annual Hawaii Music Award for Island Contemporary and was nominated for 2 Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards – Most Promising Artists & Contemporary Album of the Year. Jody was recently featured on the Island Style Ukulele Volume 2 album, which received the 2015 Nā Hoku Hanohano Award for Compilation Album of the Year.
Currently, you can find Kamisato performing with Heart & Soul twice a week at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa’s signature show the Starlit Hui and mentoring his ‘ukulele protégés Honoka & Azita.
Jody also spends a lot of his free time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii as well as involving himself in many other charity events and activities.
Jody is a rarity in that he not only has the respect and admiration of his fans as well as his musical peers, he also has found a way to build an incredibly successful business around it.
When we think of entrepreneurs, we often think of someone in the tech space. There is a lot of bias in the media towards "the next big app", or the latest gadget that is changing our lives, for better or for worse. Because of this, the masses often don't think of music being an entrepreneurial pursuit.
But make no mistake, Jody is the quintessential entrepreneur. He has the right mindset for success and has proven that you can take your passion, no matter what space it's in, and turn it into a wild success.
What makes Jody so amazing to me, however, is not just his business and creative success, but also the fact that he has managed to design his business around his ideal lifestyle. Because of this, he spends every day doing exactly what he loves to do, with the people he wants to do it with. This, to me, beyond money, beyond notoriety, is a very high bar of success indeed and one we should all strive towards.
Jody is such an inspiration in so many ways and I hope you guys enjoy this conversation as much as I did!