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.
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."