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Kamanā, Helen Lady

Nā Momi Hoʻoheno Oral History Series

Featuring: Helen “Lady” Kamanā

Nā Momi Hoʻoheno was created to capture the treasured life stories of our Hawaiian people so that future generations might be enriched by these priceless moʻolelo of our cherished and unique way of life.

Helen “Lady” Solomon Kamanā was born in Kohala in 1908. A native speaker of Hawaiian and Spanish, she is a passionate advocate for Hawaiian language and cultural revitalization. Tūtū Helen’s childhood memories are rich with rare first-hand accounts of early 20th century plantation life.