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E Hoʻomau


Written by Eddie and Myrna Kamae with kōkua from Dennis Kamakahi. The song is about Mary Kawena Pukui’s frequent admonition to Eddie that he continue his work in music and cultural preservation. The story describes how Eddie and Kawena first met, their working relationship, and her consistent encouragement for Eddie to “hoʻomau.”

Pūʻolo contains

  • lyrics and translations
  • song story
  • educational questions
  • music sheets
  • bibliography
  • resources from Kamae archive

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Recording from the 2006 album Eddie Kamae & Friends (track 13). Performed by Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii. © ℗ Hawaii Sons Inc. All rights reserved.

Watch Video Clips on YouTube and ʻUluʻulu

YouTube videos are documentary clips and full song performances.
ʻUluʻulu videos link to short preview clips from raw footage.

Eddie Kamae reflects on his teacher’s message: “hoʻomau Eddie, hoʻomau” in the documentary, Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae.

Eddie Kamae shares how Mary Kawena Pukui would guide him in his research on Hawaiian music.

Eddie Kamae talks about the time Kurt Johnson invited him to have dinner with his mother’s friend, Mary Kawena Pukui.

Kurt Johnson shares about Mary Kawena Pukui.

Eddie Kamae shares more about his first meeting with Mary Kawena Pukui and how she guided him along the way.

B-roll footage of Eddie and Myrna Kamae giving aloha to Mary Kawena Pukui at her grave for their documentary Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae.

To explore more of our digitized collections of raw footage with ʻUluʻulu, visit:
Hawaiian Legacy Foundation: Eddie & Myrna Kamae.

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