Welcome to the website of multiple Grammy Winner, mutiple Na Hoku Hanohano winner, and 2009 Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi. A former member of the legendary Hawaiian folk music group, the Sons of Hawaii (1974 - 1992), he became well known during the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970's for his music compositions and has written over 500 songs. Wahine 'Ilikea, Pua Hone, Koke'e, and E Hihiwai are some of the Hawaiian classic songs, sung and danced to today, were written by him.
REV. DENNIS KAMAKAHI & various artists nominated for 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for the George Clooney Movie "THE DESCENDANTS".
REV. DENNIS KAMAKAHI & STEPHEN INGLIS - 2012 NA HOKU AWARD WINNERS for Best Slack Album of the Year.
CD released October 2011 - WAIMAKA HELELEI (Falling Teardrop). Dedicated to Bernard Punikaia and the people of Kalaupapa.
" When I sat with a terminally ill woman patient at Kalaupapa in 1975, I saw in her a deep happiness radiating from within. She had no arms, no nose, but a bright smile and when I finished singing a song to her she smiled and applauded with what was left of her arms, two stumps that the Disease had left to her. Yet, the sound of her applause was louder than the sound of thunder. I was overcome and burst into tears. She had shown me that she accepted her deformity and her soul was about to be released. She passed away that day. And so the song is a joyous one because I knew that in the next world she would be whole again. That changed my life. There is no sadness in a place built on it. There is only hope and faith. " - Rev. Dennis Kamakahi - 2011
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Words & Music by: Rev. Dennis D.K. Kamakahi
Copyright © 2011
1) Waimaka helelei i Kalaupapa, auwe e, auwe la Tears fall at Kalaupapa, grieve, grieve
Ua kaumaha i ka 'iu'iu, auwe e, auwe la Sad rain in the distant uplands, grieve, grieve
2) Nalowale no na kupa o ka 'aina, auwe e, auwe la Gone are the ancestors of the land, grieve, grieve
Hamau na leo o na kupuna, auwe e, auwe la. Silent are the voices of the ancestors, grieve, grieve
3) Kina i ka ma'i lepela, auwe e, auwe la Stricken with leprosy, grieve, grieve
Pe'epe'e au i ku'u hilahila, auwe e, auwe la I hide my shame, grieve, grieve
4) Nonoi aku au i Ke Akua, auwe e, auwe la I ask God, grieve, grieve
Hapai aku i ku'u 'uhane, auwe e, auwe la (To) Carry away my soul, grieve, grieve
5) Lima'ole ku'u kino ke pule au, auwe e, auwe la My body is handless when I pray, grieve, grieve
Kulana ka leo, 'Eha ke kino, auwe e, auwe la The voice is shaky, The body painful, grieve, grieve
6) Paniku au i ku'u mau maka, auwe e, auwe la I abruptly shut my eyes, grieve, grieve
Lana malie i ka maluhia, auwe e, auwe la Calmly float in peace, grieve, grieve
7) Ma ka inoa o Ka Makua me Ke Keiki, auwe e, auwe la In the name of the Father and Son, grieve, grieve
A me Ka 'Uhane Hemolele, auwe e, auwe la And the Holy Spirit, grieve, grieve.