Lahaina, Maui is a place rich in historical and cultural tradition. Once the home of Hawaiian royalty, the first Capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and a whaling port, Lahaina's past century saw the growth of sugar and pineapple plantations and tourism.
Now, the end of the plantation era and an increasing reliance on tourism brings new challenges. Hawaiian music legend and filmmaker Eddie Kamae leads us through the many changes Lahaina has undergone over the past two hundred years and looks at what Lahaina is today, as its residents speculate about its future.
This documentary captures the spirit of Lahaina's multi-ethnic community, seeking to build a future while honoring its colorful past.
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.