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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.
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.
Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole has been Hawai‘i's biggest star in the past fifty years. His music, his physical size and most importantly, his aura; a proud Hawaiian man, full of love and life, permeated the Hawai‘i of the '90's to such a degree that when he died, the State Capitol had to be opened to allow his people to expess the extent of their loss.
The performances captured on Island Music, Island Hearts give everyone an opportunity to bask in the immense presence of IZ. Share previous moments with IZ as he joins friends at Waioli Tea House in Manoa Valley, performs with just his “ukulele on beautiful Waimanalo Beach and in a concert among the pohaku at the historic Miloli‘i fishing village on the island of Hawai‘i.Check out a preview below! Learn More
This November, the indispensable Augie Tulba, Hawaii’s comedian for the local masses, is a force to be reckoned with in his new DVD release: UCC Ultimate Comedy Collection Augie T’s Greatest Hits. Jam-packed with 8-hours of Augie T’s greatest comedy segments including his popular “Then & Now” Farrington High School performance, AND with an unprecedented 3 additional hours of new unreleased material - there is nothing this good out there anywhere!
This is a chance to get all of Augie’s greatest performances at once including the historic sold out Blaisdell Arena Show, “On Tour with Augie T.: Alaska, the Neighbor Islands, & Halawa Prison,” the “Augie Show Seasons 1 & 2 (unreleased),” as well as new material from his 2009 Comedy Crusade in Kane‘ohe.
Raiatea Helm, Hawai‘i’s only Two-Time Hawai‘i Female Vocalist of the Year, Twice Grammy® Nominated, and Seven-Time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, delivers a stunning performance of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian songs in her DVD debut Raiatea Live! Filmed at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre Center on her 25th Birthday, Raiatea Live! captures all of the excitement, beauty, and charisma of Hawai‘i’s premiere female vocalist.Learn More
Bring award winning Hawaiian musician, Teresa Bright, back home with you, for a private `ukulele lesson! Beginning `Ukulele Volume 1 is a fun and easy instructional DVD that introduces you to the three fundamental `ukulele chords that are used in many popular Hawaiian songs! Learn to play and sing three of Teresa's favorite recordings, from the comfort of your own home! The perfect and creative gift for loved ones near and far!Learn More
Hitchhike Records & The Mountain Apple Company are proud to announce the release of a fantastic Jake Shimabukuro, full length concert on DVD. The 85 minute show was recorded in Boulder, Colorado just this past September.
A great finale to his 2013 "Grand Ukulele" tour.Learn More
Left Behind Productions and Mountain Apple Company presents 'I Was Left Behind'.
Augie Tulba (aka Augie T) invites you to follow the funniest comic in Hawaii* around the islands as he creates, prepares and performs his brand new comedy routine, culminating in a sold-out concert finale performed live at the historic Hawai`i Theatre.
*Star Bulletin & MidweekLearn More
Regular Price: $49.99
Special Price: $39.99
In the program, Kili combines traditional hula with fitness moves. You will master eight basic hula steps: kaholo, hela, double hela, kawelu, kao, ku'i, kalakaua and ami. This dynamic combination delivers amazing results as you dance your way to a slim, toned body with Hula Abs & Buns. Learn More
For the first time, Hawai‘i audiences will get a chance to know the man behind the comedian or as Rap would say 'humorist', in Rap: Hawaii’s Comic Genius. Woven throughout the special are highlights from the characters and routines that have brought joy and laughter to generations of fans: Aunty Marialani, Fate Yanagi, Room Service, Mahalo Airlines, Willy Maunawili, and the stuttering priest, to name just a few. (Also included are scenes from newly- found home movies of Rap as a young boy performing the hula and other acts for the camera, revealing that he was destined for show business from an early age.)Learn More
Please support the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation which strives to preserve the music, language, people and places of old Hawaii for future generations. 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
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
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
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