The primary focus of the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation is to strengthen the Eddie & Myrna Kamae Archive as an educational resource to continue to document, preserve, and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi.
Throughout his lifetime, Eddie Kamae, musician and filmmaker, served as a bridge between an older generation of kūpuna who shared with him their music, knowledge, and aloha. His work was guided by the teachings of his three teachers Mary Kawena Pukui, Pilahi Paki, and Samual Liʻa Kalaiaina who all urged him to share Hawaiian cultural knowledge as a legacy for all generations to know and understand.
Eddie, along with his wife Myrna, devoted their lives to preserving the stories they heard and sharing it through music, ten documentaries, and educational programs. There are 100s of songs and photographs, thousands of documents and handwritten notes, and over 1,500 hours of digitized video footage from our documentaries available at UH West Oʻahu's ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi.
Today, we are excited to build a premier resource for education and research on Hawaiian music and culture. To accomplish this goal, we are raising money for our new endowment with the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu. This will help us maintain our archive and create opportunities for students to continue the mission that was given to Eddie by his kūpuna—to keep the essence of culture alive from one generation to the next.
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