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Subject: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 05:54 PM

I have been fooling around with my Ukulele lately and am looking for a few more Hawaiian songs to play--slave that I am to the opinions of others, I am curious as to your favorite Hawaiian tunes--either English or Hawaiian is fine, though the Hawaiian lyrics are a bit difficult for a Haoli at my time of life--

Mahalo nui loa,

Ted


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Adrienne
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 07:59 PM

Does "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian" count? That's my favorite. Or are you thinking more traditional?


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 08:26 PM

Anything counts--


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,honestfrankie
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 08:50 PM

I play at old folks homes once in a while using a ukelele and have found that Ukekele Lady was a big hit. Some of the Elvis "Blue Hawaii" album stuff. I've heard a guy on radio, somebody Shaw who has a new uke disc "King of the Ukelele" (?). A good site is http://www.huapala.org. Have fun


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Adrienne
Date: 02 Oct 01 - 11:23 PM

What is the real name of the old C&H Sugar commercial song? It's a beautiful tune, and I'm sure it's a famous Hawaiian song.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 12:15 AM

Links, I can find.I want to know what you like--"Ukulele Lady" is indeed a big hit, though it was written by Michigan boy, Richard Whiting--a number of years ago, I ran into someone who had gone to see Manuel Nunes granddaughter in a nursing home in Santa Clara, she was then over a hundred years old--he said she had a Nunes uke on the wall, which she took down, and played "Ukulele Lady", and he said she was great--Wish I'd have been there! But it is a great reason for visiting the folks in nursing homes--many of them played, and maybe still play the ukulele!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Mudlark
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 02:01 AM

Hilo Hattie used to sing a nifty little ditty about fishing...Oh, we're going to a hookilau (sp. questionable)
hookie, hookie, hookie, hookie, hookie hookielau
Repeat
Oh, we'll throw our nets out into the sea
And all the uma uma come a swimmin' to me
Oh, were going...etc.

As a kid I loved Hilo Hattie...she was the consumate grandma...was anything but svelte but could still do the moves! On the "come a swimmin' to me" part she would put one hand on top of the other and revolve her thumbs...

I also like Leon Redbone's Christmas on Christmas Island...it's on his Christmas album...which I have but can't find..maybe not Hawaiian, but at least island....


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 03:11 AM

The Huapala website is a treasure. It has both traditional Hawaiian songs and the composed "hapa-haole" songs of the 20s and 30s. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any tunes. I've been in touch with the woman who put the site together, and she doesn't have the time or finances to index the songs by author or add tunes. If anyone would be interested in working on this project, send me a personal message and I'll put you in touch with her.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: Lyr Add: HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG
From: Genie
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 04:01 PM

Not authentic Hawaiian, but I just love "My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii," because it's so much fun to sing
"Homo mai no ka'ua i ka hale wela ke hau (sp?)
and
"humu-humu nuku=nuku a pua'a"*

*Hawaii's state fish, I am told.

I also like the Hawaiian version of the newer version of Hawaiian Wedding Song. (There is an older, more 'authentic' Hawaiian song on which the popular song was based.)

 Hawaiian Wedding Song

This is the moment I've waited for;
E - i -a a - u ke ka-li nei

I can hear my heart singing;
A i-a la i he-a

Soon bells will be ringing
Ku - u a --- lo - ha.

This is the moment of sweet aloha.
E - i - a a-u ke hu-li ne-i.

I will love you longer than forever.
A lo - a - a a - e ka ma-na-o

Promise me that you will leave me never.
Ma - ha ka i - i - ni a ka pu-u-wai.

Here and now, dear, all my love I vow, dear.
U - a si - la pa - a ia me o - e

Promise me that you will leave me never.
Ko a - lo - ha ma - ka mae e i-po

I will love you longer than for-ever.
Ka'u ia e le - i a - e ne-i-la

Now that we are one, Clouds won't hide the sun.
Nou no ka i - ini A nou wa - le no

Blue skies of Hawaii smile
A o ko a-lo-ha ka'u

On this, our wed-ding day.
E hi - i - po - li mau

I do love you With all my heart.
Na'u oe e lei, na'u oe e lei.
I doubt that the English words correspond closely in meaning to the Hawaiian ones. I just put them in to show metric correspondence. However, my spacing between words may disappear when I post this, so it may not work.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Genie
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 04:05 PM

Well, the formatting sort of worked. If you back space two or three spaces on the Hawaiian lyrics, they'll be about where they should be in relation to the English words.
Genie


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 05:38 PM

Alway liked Mahi Beamer's version of the "Wedding" song, with the wonderful voice breaks. Anyway, I think that "My Little Grass Shack..." is a real Hawaiian song--here is the note on the lyrics at the Hula Archive(Huapala) linked in Mark's post--

Source: Noble's Hawaiian Favorites, Copyright 1933, 1961 Miller Music Corp, Hawaiian Music and Musicians by George Kanahele, University Press of Hawaii, Library of Congress Catalog #79 14233. - Based on an old song "Back in Hackensack, New Jersey", composed by Art Beiner and Dan Russo in 1924, this was first heard in Kona, Hawaii at the July 4th canoe races, 1933. Harrison gave the song to Johnny Noble to publish, who revised the music to give it an almost new melody without changing Cogswell's words. This was done to dispel the claim that others had written the song. Once published, the song became a smash hit. Noble turned over the royalties to the Sherman Clay Co in San Francisco for $500.00 advance royalty, giving the credit to Cogswell and Harrison. Kealakekua is the bay where Captain Cook was killed in 1779. Honaunau is the ancient City of Refuge and Kona is the district where both are located on the Big Island.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 08:54 PM

'preciate the background info, M. Ted.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ADIOS, ADIOS, KE ALOHA (Leleiohoku)
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 10:54 PM

Adios, Adios, ke aloha, by Leleiohoku (rev. Lili'uokalani?) is my favorite. In this song, the Hawaiian is not difficult to pronounce (vowels as in Spanish). The first hapa haole song?

Eku'u belle o ka po la'ila'i
Ka lalawe malie a ka mahina
Koani mai ana e ke ahe
Ahea la 'oe e ho'olono mai?
Chorus:
Ahea 'oe. ahea 'oe
'Oe e ho'olono mai?
I neia leo nahenahe
Adios, Adios ke aloha
Adios, Adios ke aloha
E ka hau'oli 'iniki pu'uwai
E ke aloha e maliu mai 'oe
Ke ho'olale mai nei e ke Kiu
Ua anu ka wao i ke ua

Ho'okahi kiss dew drop
he mau ia
E ka belle o ka noe lihau
Ka huli ho'i nei me ka neo

Oh my belle of the quiet night
As the moon moves slowly by
The breeze blows gently forth
When is it that you will listen to me?

When, when
When will you listen to me?
To this gentle voice
Adios, Adios, my love
Adios, Adios, my love
O happiness that tugs at my heart
O my love listen to me
For the Kiu wind is pushing along
And the forest is chilled by the rain

One kiss of a dew drop is better
Than nothing at all
O belle of the gentle rain
Here I am, my love
As I turn back empty handed.

This song was written in the late 19th Century in appreciation of the paniolos, or Mexican cowboys brought in to round up the cattle left on the Big Island by Vancouver and others. The last names of some of the paniolos are lost, but a number of families on Hawai'i and Moloka'i bear the name Espaniola. These vaqueros, little known on the Mainland, were in Hawai'i before the cattle days of the American west. The song thus has a good story to go along with it.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 11:09 PM

Helluva' thread here Ted............Obviously I am not the only one who is completely ignorant of Hawaiian music! Geez man, I even thought "Tiny Bubbles" was Hawaiian...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 11:45 PM

'Spaw, aren't Tiny Bubbles what follows behind you when you go snorkeling...? And speaking of snorkeling, here is the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. I see these all the time when I go snorkeling at Honaunau, which is just a few miles south of Kealakekua.

And as far as hapa-haole songs go, I vote for "Sweet Leilani"--even if she does have blue eyes!

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 12:05 AM

"Tiny Bubbles" counts--most definitely! Don Ho is Helu `ekahi!(Number One!)


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Margaret V
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 12:32 AM

Okay, I guess he counts more as pop than folk but I have an interesting album called "Facing Future" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. He plays ukelele but the album is a mixture of regular-sounding fare (you might want to listen to/learn a very pretty song called Kuhio Bay -- it has a great melody, sort of yodel-ish) and more unusual stuff. The main reason to listen to the album, I think, is his song Hawaii '78. His voice is beautiful, ethereal, floating over strings and very delicate uke. Hard to explain, and probably not to everyone's liking... have fun. Margaret


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,ponytrax
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 12:51 AM

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 www.dancingcat.com--this 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.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 12:54 AM

Iz is a cultural icon here in the islands, Margaret. He died in 1997, of complications related to his extreme obesity, but his voice was absolutely angelic. He was a founding member of a seminal Hawaiian group called "Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau" before he went solo. Here's a link to articles (including a discography) that appeared in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin when he died.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Margaret V
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 01:21 AM

Ah, thanks, Mark, I'll look forward to reading them! Margaret


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Airto
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 06:55 AM

Melinky linky waka is the thing to say, on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day...according to Bing Crosby anyway.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 10:09 AM

A google search for Spike Jones' Hawaiin War Chant (one of my favourites) brought up that one and tons of others. Dunno if they are any use though.

"And now we approach the Island of LuLu. Spelt bckwards uLuL..."

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Callie
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 10:15 AM

I did a two part vocal arrangement of a song called Kawaipunahele by a current Hawaiian singer (can't remember his name though!) I imagine it wouldn't be hard to find. If you're interested, I'll look further.

Callie


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 12:52 PM

Airto, it is Mele Kalikimaka-- Kawaipunahele is by Keali`i Reichel--Dicho, is there anywhere I can hear that song?

I appreciate everyone's input--Margaret, my wife has got my copy of "Facing Future" at work, and she doesn't want to give it back! Mark, thanks for the link about IZ--I was talking about him with a couple of Hawaiian people at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this Summer, and they were upset about some sort of a conflict that took place on AOL related to him--they said that many people in the Islands were angry-- Do you know anything about that?


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,mrr
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 02:16 PM

I remember being appalled a few years back when Johnny Carson, unless it was already Jay Leno, was playing "stump the band" and the audience member won with Ukelele lady! I thought EVERYBODY knew that one!

Sorry, no other suggestions. The only thing I think I remember about Hawaiian is what Dave Barry said, about how when the first humans headed into those islands from the Pacific, there was a terrible storm, or something, and all their consonants got washed overboard...


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 03:39 PM

Adios ke aloha is on "Na Mele O Paniolo," Warner Western cd, # 9 48561-2, and "Palani Vaughan's Best, vol. II (Hele 'Elua)" PV Best 2, Nakahili Prod., Honolulu. I have others, but I believe they are no longer available. The 2 listed are available from www.mele.com.
Some good 'ukulele playing is on "On Fire," Ka'au Crater Boys, RS 4707, Roy Sakama Prod. Troy Fernandez can really motor on his 'uke. Tape and now, I think cd.
A good song in English is "My Yellow Ginger Lei," on "Mahalo, Ke Akua; Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau." Tropical Music SPC-9038, tape.
On pronounciation, beginning books with tapes are listed in Univ. Hawai'i Press: Learn Hawaiian at Home, $45.95, Cat. 1-880188-21-X, and one for kids, Hawaiian Word Book, $25.95, 1-880188-60-O. Shipping is $5 for 1st book in USA, $7 for Europe, with warehouses in PA, HI and UK. Univ. Hawai'i Press, 2840 Kolowalu St. Honolulu HI 96822-1888. Maybe Mark Cohen could look at the one for kids, it may have enough to get the pronounciations.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,John Leeder
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 04:18 PM

My dad played the Hawaiian music that was popular in the '20s, when he started learning to play. He never gave it up; although he broadened out to many other kinds of music, I think the Hawaiian stuff was always his favourite, and when I learned to play I chorded for hours to all those old songs. Most were from Tin Pan Alley, some based on actual Hawaiian songs (I would guess). It's hard to say which are my "favourites", as I got heartily sick of most of them at the time (but I'd give anything to hear him play again -- he lost his faculties to Parkinson's Syndrome in the last years of his life).

The ones I remember most, I guess, would be "Aloha Ohe", "Little Grass Shack", "Malahini Mele", "To You, Sweetheart, Aloha", "I'd Like to See Some More of Samoa", "Hawaii Calls" (the theme song of the radio show and movie), "Beyond the Reef"... That'll do for now. I'm sure I could dredge out many more.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Bob P
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 05:00 PM

Prine's "Lets Talk Dirty . . . is best.

Redbone/Star duet on "Li'l Grass Shack" is runnerup . . .

& Redbone solo on Christmas Island is honorable mention

Tiny Bubbles is on my list of songs to throw darts at. Says me.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 06:25 PM

Oh, now I remember that song--and who can forget all those old, dumb jokes about King Kumona Wana Lei-a? Sorry I mentioned it, maybe some of you had--One has to admire Leon Redbone, if for nothing more than his taste in music--I must admit to liking Bob Brozman's approach a bit better, which was to get together with the Tau Moe family, and help them to recreate their music as they had originally played it in the twenties and thirties--


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 08:37 PM

Are there Hawaiian language lyrics to Beyond The Reef, Sweet Leilani, and Song Of The Islands?

I know the Hawaiian words to Aloha Oe and some Hawaiian lyrics to Tiny Bubbles, but I wonder if anyone knows the Hawaiian words to some of these other songs that were popular in the early part of the 20th Century.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 08:59 PM

"The Hawaiian War Chant" makes a pretty nice instrumental for the ukelele. When I do this as a performanace I usually make up my own version of the Hawaiian language and at various spots in the song I throw in little bits like. "I'm no virgin"... "The Gods Will be angry".... "I wanna go home now!"... "The volcano's too hot".... etc. etc. whatever comes to mind. Lots of fun ann the audience usually cracks up.

Oh Well Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: M.Ted
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 10:01 PM

I think that those songs were originally written in English, Genie, although there are probably Hawaiian lyrics that have been written to them somewhere--


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: BluesMojo
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 10:28 PM

My favorite Hawaiian tune is "Kawika," by the Ka'au Crater Boys. I don't understand a word of it and really wish I could read the lyrics. It's got an absolutely gorgeous melody. Wish I could play guitar like that!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 09 Oct 01 - 12:59 AM

The classic Hawaiian Christmas carol is Nu Oli. The Cyber Hymnal gives three verses in Hawaiian but only one in English. Anybody know the rest of the English ones? (It's supposedly a Fanny Crosby text with a Robert Lowry tune, so you'd think it'd be extant somewhere, in toto, in English.) Laiana, who did the translation, is the great name in classical Hawaiian hymnody. (Another good Christmas song is the version of "The Friendly Beasts" in the Hawaiian Congregational Hymnal (Na Himeni Haipule Hawai'i, 1972).

My online hymnal has two Hawaiian texts, Aloha au kou aupuni (a recent Hawaiian translation of Timothy Dwight's "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord", which may well have been the first hymn sung in English by a Hawaiian), and O kou aloha no by Liliuokalani (she wrote both text and tune). The latter is also in The Cyber Hymnal.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Haruo
Date: 09 Oct 01 - 01:06 AM

An English prose version of the text of "O kou aloha no" can be found in the New Century Hymnal of the United Church of Christ, 1995.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 10 Oct 01 - 01:45 AM

Nu 'Oli has not been much recorded on Hawaiian Christmas albums, but there are two good, quite different recordings available. The Brothers Cazimero have a clearly enunciated version on the cd "Cazimero Christmas Favorites." The Sons of Hawai'i with Eddie Kamae have a performance more to the Hawaiian taste on the cd "Christmas Time." The favorite Christmas song in Hawai'i for the last few years is Willie K. (Kalikimaka) performing "O Holy Night." Riveting!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Margaret V
Date: 15 May 02 - 07:51 PM

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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 May 02 - 08:10 PM

The thread today on Iz Kamakawiwo'ole and his "Over the Rainbow" brought to mind his "E Ala E" on the album of the same title- a song telling Hawai'ians to rise up- his emotion, and the response from the crowd, is electric. This is his most Hawai'ian cd/tape (1995). Available from www.mele.com.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: reggie miles
Date: 16 May 02 - 04:18 AM

"Look Out For The Girl In The Hula Skirt" is my all time flavorite but I'm also partial my song, "Ahukahubba How 'Bout You?" An escapist number that has much of the same feeling as the songs from the first great depression, (There's more than one? Yup. Or maybe I just haven't recovered yet from the first one.) where folks longed to leave their worries behind and find themselves on a tropical beach somewhere soakin' up the sun. Kind of a universal yearning I think, especially today with the pace of things being so demanding, layoffs, downsizing, jobs moving overseas, recession, wars, terrorists, cars throwing rods through blocks (it just happened to me), gas prices going up.... Need I go on? I think you get the picture. We could all use some heavy-duty r&r.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 16 May 02 - 09:37 AM

definite favorites are

Beach on Waikiki (Honi Kaua Wiki Wiki)

Hula Girl

Hano Hano Hawaii

Sweet Lailani

and close, Polynesian, the Maori Farewell Song, Now is the Hour (Po Ataru or Haere Ra)

has anyone out there in LA heard Janet Klein perform? ukulele and songs of 20s & 30s, backed up by Cheap Suit Serenaders, I think, or members thereof & others


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 May 02 - 01:58 PM

And who could ever forget Sol. K. Bright and his Hollywaians and his incomparable "A Wee Doech an' Doris," recorded in 1934 !


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 16 May 02 - 03:31 PM

Ah yes, Mudlark. Hilo Hattie and Harry Owens were a regular feature on my family's black-and-white tv in the late 50s. Here's a site that tells about how she got her name. Hilo Hattie.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Madmpele@aol.com
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 02:23 AM

Aloha, I am looking for the oli that is in the song "Hawaii 78 that Izzy recorded. Anyone know? Also, where I could find the lyrics for it. Mahalo       www.mooreamusicpele.com


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 03:09 AM

I believe the words you're looking for are: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono o Hawai'i. That's the state motto, and is usually translated "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness." A quote from King Kamehameha I, I think. Here are the lyrics for Hawaii '78, which was written by Mickey Ioane and performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.   

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 03:10 AM

Clarification: the "O Hawai'i" isn't part of the state motto. Artistic license.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 06:30 AM

Great thread! And just in time, as the school year will begin next week and I'm getting ready to introduce the uke to the kids at school!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 01:53 PM

The site posted by Mark also has words to the song E Ala E composed by Iz Kamakawiwi'ole. Iz singing this song and his interaction with the audience on the cd of the same name is breath-taking.
His death was a great loss to Hawaiians.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG OF THE ISLANDS
From: Genie
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 01:29 AM

I am trying to find the songwriter for "Song Of The Islands" -- the one I sing (which was recorded by Marty Robbins, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and a slew of other people). It's a very well-known Hawai'ian melody but hard to find online, because there are other songs with the same title. I've been going around in circles on "the google" and Wikipedia (and here), to no avail.

Apparently the "Song Of The Islands" written by Charles E King II (Na Lei O Hawai'i) is a completely different song.

The lyrics to this one are as follows:

Islands of Hawaii,
Where skies of blue are calling me,
Where balmy air and golden moonlight
Carress the waving palms of Wai KiKi.

Your valleys with their rainbows,
Your mountains green and deep blue sea,
Your fragrant flowers and dreamy music
Unite and sing a alohahi to me.

OR

Hawai'ian isles of beauty,
Where skies of blue and love is true,
Where balmy air and golden moonlight
Carress the waving palms of Honolulu.

Valleys with their rainbows
Your mountains green, your azure sea,
Your fragrant flowers, enchanting music
Unite and sing "Aloha Oe" to me.


I think the lyrics to this song may have been written by Harry Owens but I'm not sure.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: GUEST,TJO
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 10:26 AM

For Genie (and others)

Amy Hanaiali'i and Willie K have a CD "Nostalgia" which includes Hawai'ian language versions of many of the old hapa haole songs -- including "Beyond the Reef" and "Sweet Leilani". They've also got a version of "My Little Grass Shack", which is great fun to sing in Hawai'ian. Liner notes include the Hawai'ian text.

T.J.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Hawaiian Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 09:31 PM

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."


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