Hawaiian Legacy Foundation: Eddie & Myrna Kamae

Interviews with unidentified man and John and Ginger Auna 5/3/87

Separate interviews with an unidentified man and John and Ginger Auna recorded on May 3, 1987 for the documentary "Liʻa: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man." The man is interviewed at his home by Mabel Thomas. In ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi they talk about him moving to Honokaʻa in 1915 from the Philippines then to Waipiʻo Valley in 1919; how his wife sang with Sam Liʻa Kalainaina in the earlier days; and ʻōkolehao (liquor distilled from tī root in a still of the same name meaning "iron bottom"). The Aunas are interviewed in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi at their home in Waipiʻo Valley by Thomas. Footage includes several takes of Ginger sharing her experience of receiving the letter and mele (song) from Kalainaina, her tūtū, and John translates the meaning of the mele written for them while Eddie Kamae sings the mele titled "He Mele Aloha No Waipiʻo Valley." Also included is b-roll footage of handmade rugs by Kalainaina; and scenic shots of Waipiʻo Valley, waterfalls and cliffs.

Languages: English


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