Friday, October 06, 2006

LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA
1205 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, Ca 95062
The 2006 Pacific Rim Film Festival presents
"A Night of Aloha" Closing Night Benefit Event
LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man
A documentary film by Eddie and Myrna Kamae. Award-winning filmmakers of the Hawaiian Legacy Series .Script by Santa Cruz author James D. Houston
Named One of the Ten Best Documentaries of the Hawaii International Film Festival (First Ten Years).
Eddie and Myrna Kamae will be here in person. Live Hawaiian music with Eddie Kamae and special guests.
Hula dancing by Ladies of Mehana
Funding provided by the Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust.
Sponsored by the Aloha Island Grille.
All proceeds benefit the Pacific Rim Film Festival.
Show time: 7:00pm
Admission: $15.00
Advance tickets available at: Logos Books and Records, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Westside Stories, Aloha Island Grille, Cabrillo College Watsonville Center
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
LI'A: The Legacy of a Hawaiian Man is the first film by filmmakers Eddie and Myrna Kamae. It premiered in November 1988 at the Hawaii International Film Festival, and was the Closing Night Film at the 1989 Pacific Rim Film Festival. This one-hour documentary is about the music of Hawaii. It is also the story of a place, the Big Island's legendary Waipi'o Valley, and a man whose music was nurtured by that place. Born in 1881, Sam Li'a Kalainaina was a man of an older time whose 94 years bridged two centuries and two ways of life.
Li'a's music inspired Eddie Kamae to preserve this man's unique legacy on film. Eighteen years in the making, this was the first film directed by Kamae, a widely respected performer, singer and a musical legend in his own right.
Combing interviews, spectacular scenery, and original songs performed by Eddie's band, The Sons of Hawaii, Li'a is a touching tribute to a gentle-spirited and unforgettable man. As was noted in CINEVUE Magazine (New York, 1990), " . . . the film imparts a deep sense of the traditional Hawaiian balance between the people, their music, and the land. It has the important (and rare) touch of a filmmaker who has taken the time to truly understand his subject."
For more information on the Hawaiian Legacy Series of documentary films by Eddie and Myrna Kamae go to

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