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Thread #39684   Message #2711252
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Aug-09 - 09:31 PM
Thread Name: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Can't help on your song; it is not the Charles E. King song which is colloquially known as "Song of the Islands" but in "King's Book of Hawaiian Melodies" is properly titled "Na Lei O Hawai'i."
King provided Hawaiian words only but it has been variously translated by others; Harry Owens played the melody on "Hawaii Calls." Believe it or not, Louis Armstrong recorded it.
You can hear the melody on youtube played by Rick Alexander: http"//www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnHL4R6bmoq

Onni Gideon, a Finnish steel guitarist who formed the "Oahu Trio" (before 1950) and the group "Aloha Hawaii", wrote a "Song of the Islands", originally called "Saarten Laulu" but I can't find lyrics.

There was a film, "Song of the Islands," in which Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians appeared, but I don't know the songs. Hilo Hattie was also featured in this Grable-Mature flick. "Blue Shadows and White Gardenias" by Mack Gordon and Harry Owens was one of the featured songs and "Song of the Islands" was background music.

Can't find anything more in Kanahele, "Hawaiian Music and Musicians."