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Waipiʻo Valley Song

Written by Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina with music by Eddie Kamae. The story takes readers through that special day when Sam took Eddie, Myrna and Larry Kimura into Waipiʻo to visit the many special places in Sam’s memory. At the end of the day, Sam said to Eddie, “You write the music and I’ll write the words about our day in Waipiʻo.”

Pūʻolo contains

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

Listen with Lyrics

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Recording from the 2004 album Eddie Kamae Sons of Hawaii (track 6). 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 shares about his meetings with Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina, the songs and lessons Sam shared, and how “Waipiʻo Valley Song” was composed from the documentary, Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae.

Eddie Kamae in Waipiʻo Valley explains how his teacher Mary Kawena Pukui guided him to find the songwriter of Waipiʻo, Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina.

B-roll footage of several images of Eddie Kamae with Sam Liʻa Kalāinaina at his home in Kukuihaele that were photographed by Boone Morrison in 1973.

B-roll footage of four-wheel drive Land Rover making the steep descent into Waipiʻo Valley.

Eddie Kamae reflecting on Mary Kawena Pukui always telling him, “Itʻs out there” and the time he asked her about the beautiful songwritter from Waipiʻo that he heard about.

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

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