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.
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Rest in peace dear man. It has been a privilege to know you.
His smiles speaks volume! Signs that indicate he loves his gig!
So saddened by this news. Went to see him and his “Sons” at the Noodle Shop and still can see him on stage. Small venue but up close and personal. Dennis, Eddie, Feet made some ono music together.
Rest in Peace and make some music!
Sons of Hawaii was my nbr one group. May he RIP.
Another talented and a treasure of Hawaii gone to greener pastures! RIP! Our loss heaven gained!
Aloha ‘oe , e Eddie, and deepest condolences to you, Myrna. I remember fondly the both of you when you were researching one of your Hawaiian Legacy Foundation projects. Eddie’s brilliant smile will now help the sun light up the skies of Hawai‘i nei.
O Aloha Eddie. Thank you for all the wonderful music. May your family and Wife be comforted knowing you music goes on forever.
agree..a good man