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Composed by Queen Liliʻuokalani. The song story shares in detail the day Eddie Kamae was guided to find this song after he heard an elderly woman sing it the night before. The story explains the meaning behind the song and tells how Eddie loved the heartfelt nature of the Queen’s songs like this one, in addition to her many serious and intricate compositions.

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.

Aaron Mahi shares on the song “Tūtū” and the songwriting skill of the its composer, Queen Liliʻuokalani from the documentary, Words Earth & Aloha: The Source of Hawaiian Music.

Shares more on the lyrics of song “Tūtū” and how it has special meaning to Eddie Kamae from the documentary, Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae.

Eddie Kamae shares how he found the song “Tūtū” and on the impact of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s compositions on his music from the documentary, Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae.

Eddie Kamae reflects on being guided to find the song “Tūtū” and recalls what his mother always told him to do.

B-roll footage of Eddie Kamae visiting the tomb of Queen Liliʻuokalani at Mauna ʻAla, the Royal Mausoleum State Monument in Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu, 2006.

B-roll footage of the “Manuscripts Subject Index K-M” card catalog drawer that led to Eddie finding the “Liliuokalani Collection” of her chants and songs.

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

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