Aloha E Eddie Kamae

Eddie Kamae (left) with Sam Li’a (photo: Honolulu Advertiser)

One of Hawai’i’s premier ‘ukulele legends left us on Saturday. Eddie Kamae was a huge influence on Hawaiian music with his work as a solo artist and also in the Sons Of Hawai’i. He composed many beautiful Hawaiian tunes including E Ku’u Morning Dew which is part of the standard ‘ukulele repertoire here in the islands. Locally, in Hamakua, Eddie Kamae is probably known best for his efforts as a music historian and the documentary that he and his wife put together on Sam Li’a – the fiddle player of old Waipi’o and composer of Hi’ilawe.

I never had the chance to meet Uncle Eddie, but remember vividly the first time I listened to the Legends of the Ukulele album that included his version of Ka Ua Loko. It was the first time I heard his playing and his sound was radically different and tasteful amongst a bunch of flashy new-school tunes.

He was 89. Full story.

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Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and runs this site from a little cabin in the jungle.

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  • Estudiante Jan 12, 2017, 9:05 am

    Thank you for sharing this sad news, and for the link to the story at KHON Channel 2. What an inspiring story.

    Traditional Hawaiian music is a great blessing. Thank you, Mr. Kamae for rescuing this music, and for bringing goodness to the world through your life and music.

    I discovered Mr. Kamae’s “E Ku’u Morning Dew” right here at this website last year, just a few months after first picking up the ‘ukulele. Loved that beautiful melody. Whenever I reach for the uke just to noodle around, I quite often end up playing a few measures from “Morning Dew”. Maybe I always will!

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