#177 Ea O Ka 'Āina
Vinyl Sticker 4.5" x 2.5"
This piece was inspired by the recent recording of Hawaii 78 by some of the finest Hawaiian musicians and activists 40 years after it was composed by a Keaukaha teenager on Hawaiʻi island just a few miles from the incubator. 100ʻs of youth from 14 schools + 40 artists recorded this song live @ 29 locations across 4 islands.
See the video HERE
Little did I know that I would see Jason Momoa (who speaks the intro) a few days later in person on the mauna. Mahalo to the Mana Maoli crew and all those who made this happen.
The phrase was first spoken by Kamehameha III, the King of Hawai'i, on July 31, 1843, when the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawai'i was returned by the British. Ea means not only "life", but "breath" and, more importantly, "sovereignty".
I spoke with ʻolelo teachers and a number of kūpuna such as Sam Keli'iho'omalu, Kaleikoa Ka'eo and Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu about the piece and this particuliar translation I found during my reasearch. They acknowledged the approach and approve of it as a fitting translation.
There are obviously various interpretations and translations for this phrase. This seems to be the most truthful for the context it was spoken in and honors our Hawaiian 'ohana as well as kanaka and indigenous people everywhere.
Learn more about the song's origins.
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