Written by Eddie Kamae’s grandmother, Kauhailikua ʻŌpūnui, the song is about the mythical mermaid of Lahaina. The story shares Eddie’s boyhood memories of visiting his grandmother in Lahaina and how he was surprised to find, decades later, that she was a composer of songs, including “Kananaka.” The story also shares how his grandmother passed along her knowledge to her only student, Emma Sharpe.
- lyrics and translations
- song story
- educational questions
- music sheets
- resources from Kamae archive
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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.