Keepers of the Flame: The Cultural Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women
Three indomitable women helped ignite the Hawaiian renaissance.
- Eddie Kamae
- Myrna Kamae
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- History, Culture, Arts & Music
- Featured In
- 25 in 25
Keepers of the Flame: The Cultural Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women is a tribute to three Hawaiian women whose lives spanned the 19th and 20th centuries: Hawaiian historian and author, Mary Kawena Pukui; dancer and chanter, ‘Iolani Luahine; and kumu hula and teacher, Edith Kanakaʻole. This story reveals the power of their commitment to Hawaiian culture and values and the ways their influence is still felt today.
Available through May 2011.
Since 1986, Hawaiian musician and film director Eddie Kamae and his wife, film producer Myrna Kamae, have devoted their lives to helping ensure authentic Hawaiian cultural continuity through the films. Their goal is to document for posterity the music, language, people and places of old Hawai‘i.
More than 30 of the kupuna Eddie has filmed are no longer with us. Through film festivals, community events and prime time television, the nine award-winning documentaries in The Hawaiian Legacy Series have reached more than ten million people from Waianae to Washington, D.C. More than 500,000 students have participated in classroom discussions.
Watch the trailer on PIC's YouTube page
The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation's Keepers of the Flame page
Honolulu Advertiser article: "Wahine Legacy"
Midweek article: "An Instant Classic"
Production Info: Underwriters: Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, Movie Museum, The Queen Emma Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A production of The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. Presenter: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) Director: Eddie Kamae Producers: Myrna Kamae and Dennis Mahaffay Director of photography: Rodney A. Ohtani Writers: Lisa Altieri Sosa and Robert Pennybacker Editor: Lisa Altieri Sosa Original Music Score: Gaylord Holomalia
Format: CC Stereo