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Kāhuli Aku Kāhuli Mai

A traditional chant set to music by Winona Beamer and her grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer. The song was featured in the documentary Listen to the Forest to emphasize the importance of mālama ʻāina. The song story discusses native Hawaiian tree snails, their movements and the sounds they make, reminding us to listen to the sounds and music of the forest as indicators of its health and wellbeing.

Pūʻolo contains

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

Listen with Lyrics

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or music sheets to follow along.

Recording from the 2010 album Nā Keiki Mau Loa Children Forever: Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii (track 2). 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.

About the kāhuli or pūpūkanioe tree snails featured in the song “Kāhuli Aku, Kāhuli Mai” from the documentary, Listen to the Forest.

Short preview clip of Kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho’s Hālau O Ka Ua Kani Lehua dancing to “Kāhuli Aku Kāhuli Mai.”

B-roll footage of Kāhuli filmed at University of Hawaiʻi gliding over leaves and stems.

B-roll footage of Kāhuli filmed at University of Hawaiʻi gliding over leaves and stems.

Short preview clip of Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaiʻi (George Kuo, Dennis Kamakahi, Joe Marshall and Claybourne “Braddah Smitty” Smith) performing “Kāhuli Aku, Kāhuli Mai” in 1991 for NBC’s Today show.

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

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