Aunty Edith Kanaka`ole (1913-1979) learned hula from her mother in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. Early on, she learned to value "oli" (chant), and the hidden meanings of the chants more than dancing the hula.
She taught the Hawaiian language on Hawaii island for years, and was named "Hawaiian of the Year" in 1977 by the State Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Her other awards and recognition include the Governor's Award of Distinction for Cultural Leadership, earned in 1979.
Aunty Edith recorded HI'IPOI I KA 'AINA ALOHA in 1979. This original album expresses her love of the 'aina (land) through her songs. Aunty Edith sings and plays here ukulele, supported by Hawaiian musicians. In 1980 she was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for the Best Traditional Album Of the Year.
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