Sons of Hawai'i - Videos
SONS OF HAWAI‘I A Sound, A Band, A Legend (2000)
HSV #1070 - 80 Minutes - Color
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This 80-minute feature length documentary, the seventh in the Kamaes’ award winning Hawaiian Legacy Series, tells the story of the charismatic band that helped launch the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. 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, and their devotion to a sound that continues to convey something essential about the Hawaiian spirit. The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation documentary series began with a film about one of Kamae’s most beloved teachers and friends - Sam Li‘a Kalainaina. LI‘A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man made its world premier in 1988 as the opening documentary at the prestigious Hawai‘i International Film Festival. The Kamaes now have nine award-winning documentaries under The Hawaiian Legacy series banner including: LISTEN TO THE FOREST (1991); THE HAWAIIAN WAY (1993); WORDS, EARTH & ALOHA (1995); LUTHER KAHEKILI MAKEKAU (1997); HAWAIIAN VOICES (1998); SONS OF HAWAI‘I (2000) and the most recent documentaries, KEEPERS OF THE FLAME (2005); followed by LAHAINA: WAVES OF CHANGE (2007). To date, there are several documentaries in various stages of production.
Kamae has received numerous awards throughout his career including: A Living Treasure of Hawai‘i award in 1979, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Artists In 1992. Bishop Museum’s Charles Reed Bishop Medal for his outstanding contributions to Hawai‘i’s musical heritage in 1996. In 2000, The Commission on Culture and The Arts for City and County of Honolulu honored Eddie with a Lifetime of Achievement Award. He was inducted into the ‘Ukulele Hall of Fame in 2001. Eddie has received numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawai‘i’s equivalent of the Grammy. In 2007, The National Endowment for the Arts granted him the National Heritage Fellowship Award the highest federal government award a folk musician can receive. Eddie and The Sons of Hawai‘i won another Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) in 2009.
For more information and research into the remarkable life and music of Eddie Kamae, read his biography titled “The Music & Life of Eddie Kamae” written by James D. Houston available in fine bookstores throughout the US or visit www.hawaiianlegacy.com, and www.mountainapplecompany.com