Willson Stamper | Portrait of Edith Kanakaʻole (1980)
Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole (1913 - 1979) was born in Honomu, Hawaiʻi. Fluent in Hawaiian and English, she became a Hawaiiana instructor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and wrote the history of the Hawaiian renaissance in her native tongue. Under her training, many within her family and hundreds of students learned hula and chant. More than a dozen of her descendants have become distinguished Hawaiian language and culture educators.