Written by Sam Liʻa’s father, Samuel Kalāinaina, this classic of Hawaiian music describes a clandestine love affair at Hiʻilawe Falls. The story delves into the kaona in “Hiʻilawe” and reveals a surprising point-of-view detail. Through manaʻo that Sam shared with Eddie Kamae and the multiple meanings attributed to “Hiʻilawe,” this story makes clear that there can be many stories about a song and also many details known only by the composer.
- lyrics and translations
- song story
- educational questions
- music sheets
- resources from Kamae archive
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