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Eddie Kamae, a leading force in the Hawaiian cultural renaissance of the past thirty years, has spent his life documenting and illuminating cultural traditions and old Hawaiian ways. Written by James D. Houston and interspersed with Eddie's recollections, HAWAIIAN SON charts the Hawaiian man's very personal odyssey across the backdrop of twentieth-century Hawaiʻi. Generously illustrated with historic photos and drawings, the 280 page book insightfully portrays in the influential kūpuna, dancers, musicians, and storytellers who have guided Eddie on his lifelong journey.


2005   Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association

  • Excellence in General Hawaiian Culture – Winner
  • Excellence in Non-Fiction Books – Winner
  • Excellence in Writing Non-Fiction – Winner

Hawaiian Son: The Life and Music of Eddie Kamae

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