Eddie Kamae, a musician, ukulele virtuoso, composer, filmmaker and one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians of the second half of the 20th century, died this morning. He was 89.
A statement by the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, an organization created by Kamae and his wife Myrna to promote Hawaiian culture, said Kamae “passed peacefully this morning with his wife Myrna by his side, a smile on his face and ‘E Ku‘u Morning Dew’ playing in the background.”
Kamae formed the group Sons of Hawaii with Gabby Pahinui and went on to record 14 albums.
He also created 10 documentary films that premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival and many other film festivals.
He is survived by his wife, his brother Alfred Kamae, hanai daughters Jo Kamae Byrne and Kathy Mederios, and nieces and nephews.