View Full Version : The Hawaiian Yodel

10-14-2010, 06:46 AM
I've always liked Hillbilly and Bluegrass music, toady I was watching a Hawaiian video on Youtube and realised it sounded alot like an old time yodel. This actually gave me a new like and appreciation for this genre.

That's all, I just had to share my epiphany.

10-14-2010, 07:22 AM
Thanks! But no video?

10-14-2010, 08:08 AM
Thanks! But no video?


10-14-2010, 08:13 AM
Thanks HH....pretty good video, can't wait to get back to Hawaii again!

mm stan
10-14-2010, 08:22 AM
Aloha Hoosierhiver,
Not sure if you took a swig for courage before hitting the bee hive with out a shirt...he he MM Stan...

10-14-2010, 08:44 AM
Wow I've never heard of Izumi before. She can really hold her own. In the linked video she's singing with Raiatea Helm who I consider to be one of the top female falsetto vocalists in Hawaii right now.


I did a little research, turns out she's 16 or 17 and she's from Japan. Her pronunciation of Hawaiian words is pretty darn good! I'm impressed!

10-14-2010, 10:05 AM
In Hawaii, it is called "Leo Ki`e Ki`e". Couple excerpts from some articles found on the net.

. . . recalls a traditional music art form dating back to a time when Hawaiian women were forbidden to sing publicly, leaving men to sing the high-pitched notes usually reserved for women.

Hawaiian Falsetto
Falsetto (Italian diminutive of falso, "false") is a singing technique that produces sounds that are pitched higher than the singer's normal range, in the treble range.

In Hawai'i, many Hawaiian songs feature falsetto, called "leo ki'eki'e". Falsetto singing, most often used by men, extends the singer's range to notes above their ordinary vocal range. The voice makes a characteristic break during the transition from the ordinary vocal register to the falsetto register.
In Western falsetto singing, the singer tries to make the transition between registers as smooth as possible. In Hawaiian-style falsetto, the singer emphasizes the break between registers. Sometimes the singer exaggerates the break through repetition, as a yodel. As with other aspects of Hawaiian music, falsetto developed from a combination of sources, including pre-European Hawaiian chanting, early Christian hymn singing and the songs and yodeling of immigrant cowboys during the Kamehameha Reign in the 1800's when cowboys were brought from Mexico to teach Hawaiians how to care for cattle. Falsetto may have been a natural and comfortable vocal technique for early

Hawaiians, since a similar break between registers called "ha'iha'i", is used as an ornament in some traditional chanting styles.

Here are some Hawaiian recording artists;

Genoa Keawe
Dennis Pavao
Ledward Ka'apana
Darren Benitez
Raiatea Helm
Amy Hanaiali'i
Hoku Zuttermeister
Tony Conjugacion

Some Videos

10-14-2010, 10:08 AM

Thanks, Mike! Very cool!

10-14-2010, 12:03 PM
that was great, I can imagine in the wrong hands the technique of yodeling could be an ear bleeding experience.

10-14-2010, 12:12 PM
Don't forget my good friends
Richard Ho'opi'i (living legend!)
Leokane Pryor
Pomaika'i Lyman Keawe (Granddaughter of Genoa)

10-14-2010, 01:23 PM

pure awesome

10-14-2010, 02:52 PM
I've always liked Hillbilly and Bluegrass music

Hi HoosierHiver

What about this song, "Hawaiian Cowboy" by Sol K. Bright

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqQvDzvatII (no video)

It may be cheesy, but the lap steel on this track is phenomenal.

Here is a video of Sol playing ukulele


I don't know much about him bit I love his stuff.

Chief -- Former Bloomington, IN (1988-1989)

Coconut Willie
10-15-2010, 04:04 AM
Mike, that was great, thanks for posting!
And as usuall, Kanaka is a wealth of music knowledge, mahalo for sharing it with us!!!!