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This 80 minute feature length documentary, the seventh in the Kamaes' award-winning Hawaiian Legacy Series, tells the story of a charismatic band. Spanning forty years of Hawai'i's rich musical tradition, the film offers an intimate look at a unique group of performers and composers: their songs, their humor, their devotions to a sound that continues to convey something essential about the Hawaiian spirit. Master of Hawaiian Chant, Ka'upena Wong stated, "Brother Eddie and The Sons were pioneers in the revival of Hawaiian music. . . their sound had that sincere folk quality to it, it made everyone stand up and take notice."Learn More
Eddie Kamae, a leading force in the Hawaiian cultural renaissance of the past thirty years, has spent his life documenting and illuminating cultural traditions and old Hawaiian ways. Written by James D. Houston and interspersed with Eddie's recollections, HAWAIIAN SON charts the Hawaiian man's very personal odyssey across the backdrop of twentieth-century Hawai'i. Generously illustrated with historic photos and drawings, the 280 page book insightfully portrays in the influential kupuna, dancers, musicians, and storytellers who have guided Eddie on his lifelong journey. Herb Kawainui Kane, author of ANCIENT HAWAII says, "It's a great read... the kind of story that speaks to all peoples everywhere. And the writing is superbly crafted."Learn More
Waves of Change will change the way that you think of Lahaina and see Lahaina forever. Whether you are a visitor to the islands or home grown....you will be captivated and enriched by this film. Lahaina will be forever more than one of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth, but one that spiritually connects the Hawaiian people from ancient times to present day.Learn More
CONGRATULATIONS to Eddie Kamae...2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Best Anthology Album of the Year. "Eddie Kamae & Friends" presents a new recording of over six decades of Hawaii's musical history with legendary artists whose contributions have had a lasting impact on Hawaiian music and culture. From the musicians and composers, to the instruments and the stories behind the songs, this album showcases everything and everyone that helped shape traditional Hawaiian music as we know it today. "Eddie Kamae & Friends" is the missing piece in the ultimate Hawaiian music collection and a good place to start for newcomers to the music of the islands.Learn More
The legendary Sons of Hawai'i have been at the forefront of the Hawaiian music scene for over 40 years. The Best of Sons of Hawai'i Vol. I features Hawai'i favorites "Morning Dew," "E Hihiwai," "He Punahele No 'Oe," "Wahine Ilikea" and eight other memorable songs. It also features artists Eddie Kamae, Dennis Kamakahi, Moe Keale, Joe Marshall and David "Feet" Rogers.Learn More
This CD features 12 songs gathered from classic albums recorded by the Sons of Hawai'i. These songs represent the music that has shaped Eddie Kamae's career as a singer, composer, arranger, band leader and 'ukulele virtuoso. Included are such favorites as "Ke Ala O Ka Jeep" and "Waipi'o Valley Song."Learn More
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This film is a moving journey into the beauty and meaning of Hawaiian slack key music. Award-winning director Eddie Kamae’s rare combination of master musician and cinematic storyteller is the key to showing how Hawaii’s cultural traditions and the k ho-‘alu guitar intertwine – and opening the door to a greater love of that music.
Candid interviews and archival images combine with the music of many virtuoso performers, from legendary Fred Punahou and Gabby Pahinui to Raymond Kane and today’s Ledward Kaapana, to tell the slack key story from the 1830s to the present. It shows you how this music perpetuates family tradition as songs, techniques and special string tunings are passed from one generation to the next.
All the main islands are visited, including seldom seen Ni‘ihau, as Eddie Kamae explores this most Hawaiian music and its links with the people and places that have nourished it.
Legendary musician and filmmaker Eddie Kamae is an icon for traditional Hawaiian music both past and the present, a rare stature not many can uphold. Yesterday and Today, is his first recording of new material on CD in over 25 years, reaffirming his stature with 6 brand new songs, and classics from the momentous Sons of Hawai`i era. Features renowned musicians like Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, Joe Marshall, David "Feet" Rogers, Moe Keale, Mike Kaawa, Ocean Kaowili, Paul Kim and Analu Aina.Learn More
Combining interviews, traditional chants, and original songs and dances, this film from the beloved Hawaiian Legacy Series, gives voice to an older form of ecological wisdom summed up in the phrase ma-lama ‘a-ina – to take care of the earth – which is both our physical home and a source of spiritual nourishment. Learn More
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 16, 2010
Award-winning documentarian and musician Eddie Kamae brings you another powerful story of Hawai`i.
Eddie Kamae is a native Hawaiian singer, `ukulele virtuoso, composer and co-founder of the legendary Sons of Hawai`i music group. In 1986, he launched The Hawaiian Legacy Series in the belief that Hawaiian voices, language, music and cultural wisdom, preserved on film, would be an enriching experience for everyone.
This award-winning, one-hour documentary pays tribute to the untamed spirit of a colorful and controversial Hawaiian man. Known throughout the islands and descended from a line of warrior chiefs, Luther Makekau was part philospher and part outlaw, a chanter and a singer, a fighter and a lover, a cattle rustler, a rebel and a poet.
Born on Maui in 1890, during the reign of King Kala-kaua, he lived nearly a hundred years, shaped by a century of turbulent cultural change.
The Sons of Hawaii music spans generations with strong rhythm, lyrics and emotion … the heartbeat of Hawaiian sound. From the traditional spirit of songs recorded yesterday to new arrangements and recordings of today, Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii’s new CD Yesterday & Today Volume 2 is a musical journey to savor. Yesterday’s Sons of Hawai‘i, with leader Eddie Kamae and his exciting ukulele rhythm and distinctive singing voice, brought the group together with gifted composer, guitarist, and vocalist Dennis Kamakahi, bass and vocals by Joe Marshall and the steel guitar of David “Feet” Rogers. Eddie Kamae and Today’s Sons continue to play traditional Hawaiian music with Mike Kaawa’s innovative 12-string rhythm guitar that heightens the sound along with Analu Aina’s bass, Ocean Kaowili’s 6-string guitar and Paul Kim’s steel guitar, bringing back the unmistakable sound of the original Sons.Learn More
In Hawai`i music has always been much more than a form of entertainment. It has been a key to Hawaiian culture. This one-hour documentary explores the sources of a complex tradition, from early chants and the 19th century gospel influences, to the work of composers who flourished between the 1870s and the 1920s, for whom Hawaiian was still a first language.Learn More
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