A traditional chant set to music by Eddie Kamae at the request of ʻIolani Luahine. The story shares how Eddie felt the song needed a kāhea. He and Reverend Kapoo, an elderly former stevedore, created it after Kapoo recalled what sailers would call out before sailing away from the docks where he used to work. The story explores the earliest written records of the chant while also sharing how the song served as an important melodic marker for Eddie and his wife, Myrna.
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Recording from the 1998 album The Folk Music of Hawaii: Sons of Hawaii (track 1). Performed by Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii. © ℗ Panini Records Inc., used with permission.
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