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Heha Waipiʻo

Heha Waipiʻo

Written by Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina, his most famous song was composed early in his life for a friend who approached him with a nagging problem. The story explains the meaning behind the lyrics and how the song grew in popularity. “Heha Waipiʻo” is an example of the essential dialogue between place and poet in Hawaiian song composition.

Pūʻolo contains

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

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Recording from the documentary, Liʻa: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man. Performed by Eddie Kamae. © ℗ The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. All rights reserved.

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

Story on how Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina wrote the song “Heha Waipiʻo” to help out his friend from the documentary, Liʻa: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man.

B-roll footage of one of the many waterfalls that cascade down the cliffs of Waipiʻo Valley, 1987.

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

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