View Full Version : What are some good hula songs for uke?

09-14-2009, 02:09 PM
I just made a friend who knows how to hula! I really want to learn some songs on my ukulele so she can show me her skills.

Anybody know of anything good that's not too difficult (maybe stuff with just chords)?


09-14-2009, 02:24 PM
This is not meant to dissuade you in any way. Usually, the dancers would ask the musicians if they know a certain mele or song. You just don't play a tune and expect them to dance to it. It would be easier to ask your friend what songs she is familiar with and can dance to? I'll be more than happy to assist you in finding chords and lyrics for songs your friend knows.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
09-14-2009, 03:05 PM
Nicely put Kanaka. There are many, many Hula tunes, some hapa-haole (in English) and many in Hawaiian.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure I remember any hulas with just instrumental music. Usually there's singing involved where the story is told both in word and motion.

09-14-2009, 03:43 PM
The motions and actions of the dancers translate the lyrics to a story that is reflected in the auwana or kahiko. What's fascinating is how Kumus interpret the same song and how each halau performs it. Here's an example (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLqrKlVUgc8) from the Merrie Monarch when all the Kumus of the major halaus dance to "Papalina Lahilahi" (the first song) and then to "Ke Aloha". Uncle Rod, I don't know of any instrumentals that are danced to.