THE HAWAIIAN LEGACY FOUNDATION
The Hoʻokupu Project
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THE HISTORY OF THE
SONS OF HAWAIʻI
Some of the leading voices of the Hawaiian cultural renaissance, which began in the early 1960s, were musicians and singers. Their songs carried feelings that were yearning to be expressed throughout the island chain. Among the most influential groups of that era was the Sons of Hawaiʻi, led by Eddie Kamae, already famous for his ʻukukele styling, and by the great vocalist and slack-key guitar virtuoso, Gabby Pahinui. together with bassist Joe Marshall and the brillant young steel guitar player David "Feet" Rogers.
This 80 minute feature length documentary, the seventh in the Kamaes' award-winning Hawaiian Legacy Series, tells the story of a charismatic band. Spanning forty years of Hawaiʻi's rich musical tradition, the film offer an intimate look at a unqiue group of performers and composers, their songs, their humor, their devotion to a sound that continues to convey something essential about the Hawaiian spirit.
"Eddie Kamae's popularity as a musical renaissance man and leader of the seminal band
Sons of Hawaiʻi, has been eclipsed by his appetite for filmmaking and his ability to capture voices of Hawaiʻi's musical and cultural legacies"
Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser