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Pua O Ka ʻIlima

Written by Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina with music arranged by Eddie Kamae. The story shares how Sam was inspired to write this song after flying over the Waiʻanae mountain range on an interisland flight. He weaves together symbols of Oʻahu such as the ʻilima flower and fills the song with symbolism, visual imagery, and sensory experiences.

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 2009 album Yesterday & Today Volume 2: Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii (track 11). 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.

Eddie Kamae reflects on the way Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina wrote and gifted songs and how his music and his life was filled with the spirit of Hawaiʻi.

Eddie Kamae reflects on his many visits with Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina and how blessed he feels to share Liʻa’s music with others.

Eddie Kamae shares what Sam Liʻa told him about playing his music and how he is a man of aloha.

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

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