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Thread #39684   Message #564709
Posted By: GUEST,ponytrax
04-Oct-01 - 12:51 AM
Thread Name: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
Oops. lost my cookies. Favorite Song #1 (current, listening to): Well, a while ago I found this CD called (the accents are missing)

Kiho'alu Christmas (Dancing Cat Records 08022-38037-2 copyright 1996, distributed by Windham Hill)--Dancing Cat had a website is from the CD notes)

Anyway, it has a cut recorded by Rev. Dennis Kamahaki "Christmas Memories"--I listen to this all year 'round because it speaks of home to me. And I am a white California born, bred & living girl...

Dancing Cat has (had?) more CDs, mostly about slack key.

Favorite Song #2--"Welcome to the Islands"

I am pretty sure this is a composed song, not a folk song; anyway I heard it first played for me and my sisters in about 1967 at a party my Auntie Peggy Mae had organized for us on the Big Island, played by local folks and the local ladies danced also the hula that went with that song.

Then I heard it again played in 1983, probably, at the Mauna Kea of all places (superfancy resort hotel) by the luau musicians. Well, Auntie PM was well known in the district, and we were staying there, and my nephew Jesse was about 5 and his first visit to the Islands, and Auntie PM was ill, and she wanted to dance that hula for him, and so the musicians played and Auntie PM danced and we loved it.

There you go.