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Those Who Came Before:

The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae

THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE
: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae

 

Those Who Came Before tells the story of a young Hawaiian ʻukulele virtuosoʻs journey of musical self-discovery and how it turned into a 50-year pursuit of Hawaiian cultural and musical traditions.

 

The documentary pays tribute to the music of Hawaiians whose gifts of knowledge helped guide Eddie Kamae. His pursuit led him to some of the most respected gatekeepers of the Hawaiian Renaissance: the great author and translator Mary Kawena Pukui, the “Songwriter of Waipiʻo” Sam Liʻa, “Aloha Chant” author Pilahi Paki, and Hawaiian cultural resource Lilia “Mama” Hale. One by one, they entrusted him with key pieces of Hawaiʻi’s musical heritage – inspiring him to understand, perform, and pass that heritage on to the children of Hawaiʻi.

 

Those Who Came Before: The Musical Journey of Eddie Kamae is the 10th documentary from Eddie and Myrna Kamae’s celebrated and multiple award-winning Hawaiian Legacy Series.

 

Source: hawaiianlegacyfoundation.org

 

Jimmy Borges: ‘I’m living my dying’

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‘Jimmy Borges: Faced It All’ premieres Jan. 21 at 8:00 PM on PBS Hawaii

 

Actor Jim Nabors, 85, has a moment with Jimmy during a pre-concert audio check.HONOLULU, HI – Entertainer Jimmy Borges, who is battling stage four lung cancer, performs on a new PBS Hawaii special, Jimmy Borges: Faced It All, premiering Thursday, January 21 at 8:00 PM.

 

Right: Jimmy Borges shares a moment with longtime friend, actor Jim Nabors, during a rehearsal prior to taping Faced It All.

 

“Faced It All” is a phrase from the classic song “My Way” that Borges is often asked to sing. The performance, taped last month, also featured Bruce Hamada (upright bass), Mike Lewis (horn), Dan Del Negro (piano) and Noel Okimoto (drums).

 

Borges introduced his performance by telling his audience of 50 handpicked friends and family that he is dying. “My cancer is back, and this time, it doesn’t look like it’s planning to go away,” Borges said.

 

But Borges made it clear – this was a time of celebration, not mourning. Between songs, Borges shared funny anecdotes and heartfelt insights.

 

“I’m living the life I have chosen to live,” Borges said. “Tonight is not about ‘poor Jimmy.’ Tonight is about sharing my music with all of you. Tonight we are telling someone out there that we care enough to invest in their future.”

 

Borges was referring to future recipients of a University of Hawaii vocal music scholarship that his friends have established in his name. Borges said he hopes it encourages Hawaii teens to pursue their dreams, just as he has done during his 60-year music career. “There’s no such thing as a stop sign,” Borges said. “Just speed bumps.”

 

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Contact: Liberty Peralta
Email: lperalta@pbshawaii.org
Phone: 808.973.1383

 

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