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Thread #39684   Message #2711862
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
29-Aug-09 - 10:18 PM
Thread Name: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
I'm sure that Charles E. King (b. Oahu 1874, d. 1950) would not recognize some of the arrangements of his song. Your words bear no relation to his lyrics, which describe the flower of the lei of each of the islands.

This site has his original lyrics (I checked against sheet music, which I have) and a good literal translation.
Na Lei O Hawaii
Click on the title and a midi of the original plays.

King was a leader of The Royal Hawaiian Band for years. The band still plays concerts in the Park in Wai'kiki every Sunday.
King was not only a musician, but was inspector of schools for the Territory, and served in their legislature.

This website has several of the favorite old melodies and information about leis, etc.
http"//www.kaahelehawaii.com/pages/culture_lei_mele.htm"> Ka'ahele Hawai'i

Also check out the master site, www.Huapala.org