Eddie and Myrna Kamae's Historic Documentary Debuts at HIFF, Santa Cruz

Eddie and Myrna Kamae's Historic Documentary Debuts at HIFF, Santa Cruz

If you don’t know the names Eddie and Myrna Kamae, you should take the time to learn about them. Entrenched in all things Hawaiian music and poetry, the Kamae’s have made 10 documentary films, researched a slew of near-forgotten tunes penned by Hawaiian royalty, and shared their messages across the globe. This October, the Kamae’s will debut their most recent film — entitled Those Who Came Before — at both the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and (for our friends in California) the Pacific Rim Film Festival in Santa Cruz.


The film follows the tale of Eddie’s 50-year pursuit of Hawaiian poetic and musical traditions, as well as his own musical self-discovery, with the aide of (since departed) friend Jim Houston, who co-wrote seven of Eddie’s films.


Beginning with research in to Queen Lili‘uokalani’s lesser-known songbook, the Kamae’s delve in to the story behind the works (and words) of Hawaii’s last reigning queen — and most prolific songwriter. The tale winds its way in to the homes of some of the most respected “gatekeepers” of the Hawaiian Renaissance, who offer insight never before seen on film.


Last week, the Kamae’s released the DVD, “Hawaiian Voices: Bridging Past to Present”; in November they will release the children’s album “Na Keiki Mau Loa (Children Forever)”, followed in December with the DVD “Li‘a: The Legacy of A Hawaiian Man”.


Stay tuned to B on Hawaii as we arrange an up-close and personal interview with the Kamae’s, on the dawn of their 10th documentary.

The tale winds its way in to the homes of some of the most respected “gatekeepers” of the Hawaiian Renaissance, who offer insight never before seen on film.