|Birth name||Edward Leilani Kamae|
|Also known as||Eddie Kamae|
August 4, 1927|
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
|Died||January 7, 2017
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaiian Culture Historian
|Associated acts||Ukulele Rascals
Sons of Hawaii
Ray Kinney Orchestra
|Website||Sons of Hawaii|
Edward Leilani "Eddie" Kamae (August 4, 1927 – January 7, 2017) was one of the founding members of Sons of Hawaii. He was a 'ukulele virtuoso, singer, composer, film producer and primary proponent of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance.
He learned to play the 'ukulele with an instrument his bus driver brother found on the public transport. Eddie would sit by the radio and try to play with any rhythm section he was hearing, usually Latin, classical and jazz tunes. When he was 14 years old, his father would take him to jam sessions where Eddie would get up on stage to play, earning accolades from the audiences who threw money at the performers' feet. Kamae began going to Queen's Surf to listen to the Hawaiian music being played.
Eddie began to teach 'ukulele. 2006 'Ukulele Hall of Fame Inductee Herb Ohta Sr., also known at Ohta-San, was mentored by Eddie. Kamae died on January 7, 2017 at the age of 89. In addition, he contributed a lot to the influence of Hawaiian music on the rest of the world.
Sons of Hawaii
Kamae was introduced to Gabby Pahinui in 1959, and the slack key virtuoso demonstrated a new way to make the 'ukuleke "talk story". Eddie himself would come to be known for his inventive methods of plucking all four strings simultaneously, playing the chords and melody at the same time. They began playing together and formed Sons of Hawaii, with their first paying gig at The Sand Box.
Mary Kawena Pukui and Pilahi Paki became Eddie's first teachers in the Hawaiian language. Eddie began to feel a growing need to teach the Hawaiian culture through music, to pass it along to succeeding generations. Eddie began to chart a new course with his arts.
His 1971 initial meeting with Hawaiian poet Sam Li'a Kalainaina Jr. resulted in Kamae's first documentary in 1988, LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man . Together, Kamae and Li'a wrote Hawaii Pia Valley Song. Eddie has also produced the documentaries The Hawaiian Way The Art and Tradition of Slack Key Music (1993) The History of the Sons of Hawaii (2004), Words, Earth & Aloha: Source of Hawaiian Music (2005), Keepers of the Flame (2005) Lahaina: Waves of Change (2007).
|Eddie Kamae Awards and Recognitions|
|1978||State of Hawaii, House of Representatives||Resolution for outstanding achievements in Hawai‘ian musical performance, research and recording|
|1978||National Association of Television Programming Executives||Iris Award|
|1978||New York International Film Festival||Award|
|1979||Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii||Living Treasure of Hawaii|
|1984||March of Dimes||No Ka Oi Award for outstanding showmanship|
|1989||Brigham Young University-Hawaii and The Polynesian Cultural Center||Na Makua Mahalo Ia Award for a lifetime of dedicated service to the people of Hawai‘i through musical composition and performance scholarship|
|1992||Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts||Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award|
|1993||Hawaii Delegation of the United States Congress||Joint Resolution to Eddie and Myrna Kamae for service and accomplishments in leadership, music and film|
|1996||Bishop Museum||Charles Reed Bishop Award for best exemplifying the spirit and purpose of Bishop Museum founder Charles Reed Bishop|
|2000||Commission on Culture and The Arts for City and County of Honolulu||Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2001||Ukulele Hall of Fame||Induction |
|2002||Hawaii International Film Festival||To Eddie and Myrna Kamea for their ongoing contribution of their Hawaiian Legacy Series|
|2005||Hawaii Governor Governor Lingle||July 24 declared Eddie Kamae Day|
|2005||House of Representatives, State of Hawaii||Resolution for Achievement in Hawaii Music and Film|
|2006||The Hawai‘ian Cultural Foundation at Pacifika New York Hawai‘ian Film Festival||Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2006||New York City Council, Councilman John Liu||Proclamation for Contributions to the Perpetuation of Hawaiian culture through music and film|
|2007||National Endowment for the Arts||NEA National Heritage Fellowship|
|2007||Hawaii Tourism Authority||Keep it Hawai‘i Kahili Award, recognition of perpetuation of Hawaiian culture.|
|2007||Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame||Inductee|
- Yesterday & Today, Vol. 2 (2009) CD (Hawaii Sons)
- Yesterday & Today (2008) CD (Hawaii Sons)
- This Is Eddie Kamae (2008) CD 1197 (Omagatoki Japan)
- Eddie Kamae & Friends (2006) CD 8542 (Hawaii Sons)
- Heart of the Ukulele (2004) CD 3002 (Surfside/Mahalo)
- Eddie Kamae Presents: The Best of Sons of Hawaii, Vol. 1 (2004) CD (Hawaii Sons)
- Eddie Kamae & The Sons of Hawaii (2004) CD (Hawaii Sons)
- Christmas Time With Eddie Kamae & Sons of Hawai'i (2004) CD 1014 (Hawaii Sons)
- Sons of Hawaii (1998) CD 8516 (Panini)
- Music of Old Hawaii (1962) CD Hula
- Buck, Elizabeth (1993). Paradise Remade: The Politics of Culture and History in Hawai'i. Temple University Press. ISBN 978-0-87722-978-0.
- "NEA Heritage Fellowship". NEA. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. NEA
- "NEA Interview". NEA. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. NEA
- Eidson, Ken; Cherednik, Ross (1993). Hawaiian Uke Tunebook. Mel Bay Publications. ISBN 978-0-87166-842-4.
- "Ohta-San". The Ukulele Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010.The Ukulele Hall of Fame
- Gutierrez, Ben (January 7, 2017). "Beloved Hawaiian musician Eddie Kamae dies". Hawaii News Now.
- "Eddie Kamae and Sons of Hawaii". Hawaii Sons Inc. Retrieved May 20, 2010.Hawaii Sons Inc
- Gordon, Mike (July 2, 2006). "Mary Kawena Pukui". Honolulu Advertiser.
- "LI'A". The Hawaii Legacy Foundation. Retrieved May 20, 2010.The Hawaii Legacy Foundation
- "About Eddie Kamae". Hawaiian Music History. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
- "NATPE Awards". NATPE. Retrieved May 20, 2010.NATPE
- "Ukulele Hall of Fame Inductees". The Ukulele Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 20, 2010. The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum
- "Na Hoku Hanohano Award". Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2010. Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts
- "Bishop Museum". Bishop Museum. Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. Bishop Museum