Li’a – The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man

li_a_rgb_72Sam Li‘a was a Hawaiian song composer who spent his life in the remote valley of Waipi‘o on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. There he perpetuated the tradition of celebrating the beauty of one’s place and memorializing the events of its people. Among the musicians inspired by Sam Li‘a is Eddie Kamae, a major force in the revival of Hawaiian music. In this film, he translates his gratitude and love for Li‘a into a visual song, in which music, place and people find their original harmony.