The Education Project
I do it for the children. They are the future of Hawaiʻi. I want them to know the sights, sounds and voices of authentic Hawaiian culture.
- Eddie Kamae
Eddie and Myrna's main focus has always been the children of Hawaiʻi. Eddie’s three teachers, Mary Kawena Pukui, Pilahi Paki, and Sam Lia, instilled in Eddie a lifelong mission to teach children about Hawaiian culture through his music and the life stories and music of others. Over the span of more than three decades, the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation has reached more than 500,000 children by providing public and private classrooms across Hawaiʻi with the ten award-winning documentaries, study guides, and school presentations.
Today, Myrna Kamae with the help of others is working to continue Eddie’s mission by creating teaching tools that engages educators and students with the documentaries, raw footage, and other materials from the Kamae Archive. The goal is to develop guided lesson plans, storybooks, and a songbook for K-12 and post-secondary classrooms.
The lesson plans, for K-12 across disciplines, will immerse students in a wealth of Hawaiian traditions, cultural practices and wisdom passed on through kūpuna. They will be aligned with the DOE Nā Hopena Aʻo (HĀ) Framework to help educators achieve the “Hawaiʻi Promise” in the DOE’s “Five Student Promises by 2030.”
The storybooks, for K-3, will highlight stories from the Kamae Archive and Eddie’s musical journey to encourage early literacy and family interaction about Hawaiian music, history and culture. Stories will be developmentally appropriate with full-color, exciting illustrations in a hardcover format.
The songbook, for post-secondary students, musicians, and the general public, will feature 30 of Eddie’s most precious songs that foster an appreciation and love of music as well as an understanding of the history, traditions, and thoughts about Hawaiian music and its composers. The songbook will be printed and online and will include materials found in the Kamae Archive about each song.