Hawaiian Legacy Foundation: Eddie & Myrna Kamae

Liʻa : The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man

Premiered in 1988, this documentary by Eddie & Myrna Kamae celebrates the music and spirit of revered Big Island performer and composer Sam Liʻa Kalainaina (1881-1975). It is also about a place, Waipiʻo Valley, and a life shaped and nourished by that place. The documentary is narrated by Kaʻupena Wong and written by James D. Houston. Interviews include Charles Aki; Reverend Roy Toko; Mabel Thomas; Luther Makekau; John "J.P." Purdy; Eddie Thomas; John and Ginger Auna; Ruth Kaholoaʻa; Claybourne "Braddah Smitty" Smith and Clyde "Kindy" Sproat; Paul and Leimomi Agrabante; Andy Batalona; Herb Kane; Chris Leialoha and Uka-G Ohana; Abraham and Ida Maa; Charles Mahi; Viewed "Tiny" Malaikini; Harry Nihau Sr.; John Nihau; John Holi Mae; and Norman Wassman. Featuring musicians Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaiʻi; Reverend Dennis Kamakahi; George Kuo; Joe Marshall; Claybourne "Braddah Smitty" Smith; Junior Daugherty; Karin Haleamau; Clyde "Kindy" Sproat; and The Royal Hawaiian Band with Bandmaster Aaron Mahi. Hula by Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua under the direction of Kumu Johnny Lum Ho. This documentary won a Special Recognition Award for the best documentary in the first ten years of the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival. To learn more about Eddie Kamae and the music from the documentaries, visit eddiekamaesongbook.org.

Languages: English


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