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Hinahina Kū Kahakai

Written by Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina for his wife Sarah with music arranged by Eddie Kamae. The story is about Sam’s deep love for Sarah who died many years before him, and how in his long life he held this love ever close. The song marked a pivotal point in Eddie’s musical journey, helping him gain a new level of understanding about the relationship between Hawaiian poetry and place.

Pūʻolo contains

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

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Recording from the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation archive. Performed by Eddie Kamae. © ℗ Hawaiʻi Sons Publishing Co. The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. 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.

Story about the love between Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina and his wife Sarah Kapela Kaiwipoepoe and the song “Hinahina Kū Kakahai” that Sam wrote for her from the documentary, Liʻa: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man.

Eddie Kamae and George Kuo perform “Hinahina Kū Kahakai” for the documentary Liʻa: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man at Camp Olomana, Oʻahu in 1987.

Eddie Kamae performs “Hinahina Kū Kahakai” for the documentary Liʻa: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man at Puʻuahuku overlooking Waipiʻo Valley in 1987.

Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaiʻi (Paul Kim, Mike Kaʻawa, and Analu Aina) perform “Hinahina Kū Kahakai” at Windward Community College’s Palikū Theatre in 2009.

B-roll footage of rolling surf on the beach at Waipiʻo Valley looking toward Waimanu bluff, 1987.

Short preview clip of Eddie Kamae giving aloha to Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina by singing “Hinahina Kū Kahakai” at his grave site in 2009.

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

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