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mds725
10-19-2010, 10:06 AM
AnnaUK's recent thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?37032-New-Uke-Day-Kamaka-Soprano-*sound-clip-in-post-25*) about her new Kamaka soprano and the beautifully played sound sample she posted of Aloha 'Oe got me thinking about which Hawai'ian songs I've learned to play since I began playing the ukulele I like the most and wondering what Hawai'ian songs everyone else likes. So I thought it might be fun for people to post their favorites here.

My absolute favorite Hawai'ian song to play and sing is Hokuli'ili'i. I've been unable to find a video of it anywhere, but here's an audio clip: http://new.music.yahoo.com/hokulea/tracks/hokuliilii-little-star-the-dog--963416

Here's another, Koke'e


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDTLlzczBgs&feature=related


So what Hawai'ian songs do you love to sing, play or listen to?

rasputinsghost
10-19-2010, 10:15 AM
La 'Elima and E Kuu Morning Dew are fun songs to play.

Shin
10-19-2010, 10:45 AM
Wow, gorgeous! My favorite Hawaiian songs is "Sanoe" and " Ku'ulei 'Awapuhi". It's so beautiful.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-19-2010, 10:48 AM
The three I most recently learned are:

1. Kimo Henderson Hula-

2. A'oia-http://www.4shared.com/audio/AZSoD85c/2Aoia.html

3. Ku'uipo ika he'e pu'e one-http://www.4shared.com/audio/NWq9r-JE/2kuuipo_ika_hee_pue_one_with_i.html

Keep uke'in',

mm stan
10-19-2010, 11:48 AM
Aloha Mark,
Got so many of them.. too too many to list...Just love them Hawaiian songs....Sorry, MM Stan...

mds725
10-19-2010, 12:05 PM
The three I most recently learned are:

1. Kimo Henderson Hula-

2. A'oia-http://www.4shared.com/audio/AZSoD85c/2Aoia.html

3. Ku'uipo ika he'e pu'e one-http://www.4shared.com/audio/NWq9r-JE/2kuuipo_ika_hee_pue_one_with_i.html

Keep uke'in',


Mahalo, Uncle Rod. Nice playing! Here are active links to the songs you recommended.

Kimo Henderson Hula (http://www.mele.com/music/artist/dennis+pavao/ka+leo+ki%60eki%60e/)

A'oia (http://www.4shared.com/audio/AZSoD85c/2Aoia.html)

Ku'uipo ika he'e pu'e one (http://www.4shared.com/audio/NWq9r-JE/2kuuipo_ika_hee_pue_one_with_i.html)

AnnaUK
10-19-2010, 12:10 PM
What a great thread idea :)

This is fab - I would love to know more traditional Hawaiian songs. I find the historical aspect interesting as well. This thread will be a great pointer for songs to learn in the future.

Thanks for starting it, Mr Cricket :D

Hippie Dribble
10-19-2010, 12:21 PM
What a great thread idea :)

This is fab - I would love to know more traditional Hawaiian songs. I find the historical aspect interesting as well. This thread will be a great pointer for songs to learn in the future.

Thanks for starting it, Mr Cricket :D

I'm the same...know virtually none, and so like Anna said, thanks for this thread idea mds725!!!

I'm thankful to Stan who recently has showed me some...I've always been a little intimidated by hawaiian songs because of the language pronunciation and because I felt it wasn't my cultural experience or privilege to play them...like I just wouldn't be able to do them justice. But this thread will hopefully show me why I should try. Thanks Mark!

olgoat52
10-19-2010, 12:25 PM
A couple of prior threads that cover the topic as well.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?33759-Essential-repertoire-and-suggested-recordings-for-Classic-hawaiian-uke-instrumentals
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?18846-Hawaiian-Mele

Kanaka916 had many to recommend along with links to youtube performances.

Kanaka916
10-19-2010, 02:35 PM
A'oia - Lyrics (http://www.huapala.org/A/A_Oia.html) Chords (http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?pid=song&song=hm/a_oia.txt) Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKu_lbNBZ5g&feature=related)

Kimo Henderson Hula - Lyrics (http://www.huapala.org/Kil/Kimo_Hula.html) Chords (http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?pid=song&song=hm/kimo_henderson_hula.txt) Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQrmfF8mZl0)

Ku`u Ipo I Ka He`e Pu`e One - Lyrics (http://www.huapala.org/Kuu_Ipo_Pue_One.html) Chords Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0lWqV4ri3c)

DeG
10-19-2010, 02:57 PM
Nani Hanalei (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vza3H1FzEdQ)
Kuhio Bay (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYLTrWMTO0M)
'Ama 'ama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6CqnGwU8Ag)
Ka uluwehi o ke kai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSFYxCwQ3qY)
Kawika (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0fZ6o-VAnk)
Wahine Ilikea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi44Zu8b4uE)
Ali'i Iolani (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIoT1lE9K24)
(I couldn't find a uke version, I may have to remedy that soon :) )
Henehene kou aka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufUBRJVhuU)

kenikas
10-19-2010, 03:15 PM
Aloha Mark,
Got so many of them.. too too many to list...Just love them Hawaiian songs....Sorry, MM Stan...

I gotta agree with MM Stan, I can't think of a traditional Hawaiian song I don't like!


A couple of prior threads that cover the topic as well.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?33759-Essential-repertoire-and-suggested-recordings-for-Classic-hawaiian-uke-instrumentals
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?18846-Hawaiian-Mele

Kanaka916 had many to recommend along with links to youtube performances.

I have to agree with every song in these previous threads, check them out they are a pretty comprehensive list.

TCK
10-19-2010, 03:19 PM
As dad has played steel guitar and I have collected Western Swing all my life, I have to say my favorite "Hawaiian" tune is definitely a rare track called "Little Heaven of the Seven Seas" done by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. The steel in it, at least to these ears, is stunning.
I love this record as well, always have
http://www.ljplus.ru/img3/l/e/lestp/hawaii.jpg
This is BRILLIANT
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41EYXHKBV0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg
and well, I am totally new to Hawaiian UKULELE music...my loves here are things like Cliff and George, but Ukulele Complete Best with Herb Ohta has been in pretty heavy rotation.
It seems that Ukulele suffers from the same thing steel guitar does. While they both have their share of amazing players, I find many of the recordings to be way to digital, and way to overproduced for my ear. I suppose it has to do with all this early 1900's music laying around, but I want nothing electronic cluttering up my music.

TCK
10-19-2010, 03:24 PM
This explains what my ear is doing so much better than my rambling.
This is what I think uke (and all other music) ought to sound like- so clean and beautiful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqwo6yGswOk&p=7C6AFB2E420AF707&playnext=1&index=30

Dominator
10-19-2010, 05:31 PM
Even though I don't play that much of it, I really like all the Hawaiian tunes. If I had to pick a favorite it would have to be Wahine Ilikea. Deg posted a video so here is an audio version which was done in a more controlled environment known as the world wide web. My good friend Kirby Keough recorded a couple of tracks and sent them to me to add an ukulele track. I always look forward to playing this one when visiting Kirby on Kauai.

Wahine Ilikea (http://www.dominator.ukeland.com/Images/wahine_ilikea.mp3)

Mr Bill
10-19-2010, 05:56 PM
My favorite:
is Henehene Kou Aka it's a real toe tapper.
I have no idea what it's about but it's the sound of fun, to me.

Here's Iz, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPUx53G0uGg&p=7CF33C8B8CA0FF39&playnext=1&index=1

And UU's own Wikiwahine,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFak-NhRSvM

Kanaka916
10-19-2010, 05:57 PM
Wahine Ilikea will always be a Kanikapila favorite. The mele has been covered by many of the Hawaiian artists as well as local groups . . . but IMO, the versions performed by the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi who also composed the mele are the ones to listen to. You should also listen to his other compositions like Pua Hone, Kokee and Na Makani Eha. Enjoy . . .


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCELCpXiCms

mds725
10-19-2010, 07:57 PM
U'lili'e is another fun one.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd7yrfRZUqQ

Kanaka916
10-20-2010, 05:12 AM
My favorite:
is Henehene Kou Aka it's a real toe tapper.
I have no idea what it's about but it's the sound of fun, to me.

Here's Iz, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPUx53G0uGg&p=7CF33C8B8CA0FF39&playnext=1&index=1

And UU's own Wikiwahine,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFak-NhRSvM
The song is about a couple riding a street car to different locations on the island of O'ahu . . . for a more in depth explanation of the mele Henehene Kou `Aka (http://www.huapala.org/Hea/Henehene_Kou_Aka.html).

Kanaka916
10-20-2010, 05:19 AM
I'm gonna try and compile all the info from that Hawaiian Mele thread to make one list. I'll format to include lyrics, chords, and video. It might take a while with everything else I have going on, so your patience will be appreciated.

molokinirum
10-20-2010, 05:35 AM
Wahine Ilikea (http://www.dominator.ukeland.com/Images/wahine_ilikea.mp3)

I agree, this is my most favorite Hawaiian Song, just have to learn how to play it!!!

molokinirum
10-20-2010, 05:38 AM
I'm gonna try and compile all the info from that Hawaiian Mele thread to make one list. I'll format to include lyrics, chords, and video. It might take a while with everything else I have going on, so your patience will be appreciated.

Kanaka...that would be awesome!!!!

MAHALO!!!!!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-20-2010, 06:12 AM
Eh, Kanaka, not only awesome, but big kokua fo'guys li' us who maybe no mo' da stuff li'dat.

Mahalo for your hard work on our behalf. (ie, tanx aeh?)

Coconut Willie
10-20-2010, 06:24 AM
Kanaka, Super Super Mahalos for all of your very, very hard work!!! This collection, when done will be priceless!!!!

BTW...Kuhio Bay is my fav!

Pueo
10-20-2010, 06:31 AM
I posted my list of favorite songs I like to play in another thread and Kanaka916 linked them to YT vids. Here is that excellent post...
List of Mele and Vids (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?33759-Essential-repertoire-and-suggested-recordings-for-Classic-hawaiian-uke-instrumentals&p=429607#post429607)

mds725
10-20-2010, 07:40 AM
Mahalo, Kanaka! All the meles I've learned are beautiful and fun to play, but as I try to expand my repertoire of meles, I thought it would be helpful to get input from this community. I think what you're planning to do will be very helpful for a lot of people.

pulelehua
10-20-2010, 09:33 AM
I recently got John King's collection of ukulele solos and duets, which has a lot of Ernest Ka'ai's instrumental music in it. Pretty much any of those is pure magic. And there's one where you have to get a 2-2-2-9 stretch (don't have it in front of me), which on my concert neck is just about manageable. But it's all lovely stuff. Highly recommended, and not nearly so taxing on the brain and fingers as the Classical Ukulele compilation.

Harold O.
10-20-2010, 02:18 PM
Singing phonetically is the tough part. Without someone to guide you along, it's hard to get the song correct. Chords have a voice of their own, but without the lyrics, many traditional Hawaiian songs sound much like any other song.

Still, with this thread as a resource, I'll give it a whack. And I'll get the Canogahana Players in the game as well. Should be fun.

Mr Bill
10-20-2010, 03:53 PM
Hey Kanaka,

Many thanks.

Cheers.

Kanaka916
10-21-2010, 08:52 AM
Hawaiian Mele; Part 2 (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?37251-Hawaiian-Mele-Two) . . . Just a start, now I gotta go get some sleep.

Shin
10-21-2010, 09:33 AM
Kanaka, Thanks for your hard work! Much mahalo.

Kanaka916
10-22-2010, 07:45 AM
I've done a little bit of work on the thread, just need some feedback . . . Mahaloz!

molokinirum
10-22-2010, 09:44 AM
I've done a little bit of work on the thread, just need some feedback . . . Mahaloz!

Kanaka...dat is da bomb!!! Beautiful, mahalo!!!!

geetee
05-30-2011, 12:43 PM
Post um heah

Pauoa liko ka lehua
lyrics (http://www.huapala.org/Pa/Pauoa_Liko_Ka_Lehua.html)
chords (http://books.google.com/books?id=0t_mE9MwPL4C&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=pauoa+liko+ka+lehua+ukulele&source=bl&ots=m_P-8n87K5&sig=Gi2TOZVbPMMRLyhVFQJutsk5W88&hl=en&ei=zXvyTaa4DIf0vwOrlMjaBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&sqi=2&ved=0CEYQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=pauoa%20liko%20ka%20lehua%20ukulele&f=false)
video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqvguyBLpG4)


Ahe lau makani
lyrics http://www.huapala.org/ah/Ahe_Lau_Makani.html
chords http://web.archive.org/web/20081022160208/http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?pid=song&song=hm/he_ala_ahe_lau_makani.txt
video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaKRIYTmlAk&feature=related

Meleana e
lyrics http://www.huapala.org/Me/Meleana_E.html
chords http://web.archive.org/web/20081022175517/http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?pid=song&song=hm/meleana_e.txt
video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OIyRKMMwVg

Ku'u home 'o kahalu'u
lyrics chordshttp://web.archive.org/web/20081022165040/http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?pid=song&song=hm/kuu_home_o_kahalu.txt
video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgraeK4M9a0&NR=1

Somehow Wahine Ilikea didn't make the sticky
lyrics http://www.huapala.org/Wa/Wahine_Ilikea.html
chords http://web.archive.org/web/20081023064303/http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?pid=song&song=hm/wahine_ilikea.txt
video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOhZdZlVoQY

hapuna
05-30-2011, 07:29 PM
kaulana na pua

wconley
05-31-2011, 09:14 AM
Wahine Ilikea is definitely a good one. Another of my favorites is Opae E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvxFv_Dq_Rw)

hapuna
06-26-2011, 10:31 AM
White Sandy Beach please. I couldn't get Dominators stuff to open in pdf.

berean_315
10-09-2011, 02:55 AM
Auntie Wanda compiled a list of hawaiian songs in the He Mele songbook to videos on YouTube. Check the list below on the Taropatch forum. It was too long to post here.


http://www.taropatch.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9603&SearchTerms=he,mele

Kanaka916
10-09-2011, 04:25 AM
I stared a similar listing (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?37251-Hawaiian-Mele-Two) but it's difficult to find quality YT vids and audio. Add to the fact since TSH went down creates another hurdle locating chords and lyrics.

wolfybau
10-09-2011, 05:10 AM
here is my version of Kanaka Wai Wai

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVH3UZg09TY

It was hot as hell that day (100F) and I was very ill so not the best performance , but sincere.
not sure about my pronunciation, Ive only been studying the hawaiian language a year and still struggle with getting the `okina and kahako right with certain words , espeicaly when being sung. I am startign to get a feel for sentence structure and word recognition though.

I includd the lyrics with translation and chords iin the info. unfortuntatly youtub screwed up the order of the chords over the lyrics a bit.

Mercury
01-12-2013, 07:50 PM
Hanohano Hawai'i ("Glorious is Hawaii") is definitely my favourite Islands' tune, made famous by the immortal lap steel guitarist Sol Hoopi'i (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CosMqaRH4w&playnext=1&list=PL9257B294AB7D88C1&feature=results_main).

Lyrics (http://www.huapala.org/Han/Hanohano_Hawaii.html)
Chords and Video (key of A) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl9ezfj1IFw)
Chords and Video (key of G) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wQf8oslBVk)

Peterjens
10-24-2014, 01:34 PM
I just wanted to bump this thread to see if anybody else wanted to post their favorites.

The reason I picked up the 'ukulele in the first place was during a trip to Kona, I heard someone playing one around our pool. It was a simple Hawaiian song and it sounded so nice. I started out learning Hawaiian songs and then expanded to Roarin' Twenties songs. I've tried some contemporary songs but I keep returning to my beloved Hawaiian songs.

I like to play this song - so Hawaiian.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdlyJp31sps
Simple chords -
C, G, C, C7
F, A7, D7
E7, Am, F
C, G7, C, D7, G7, C, G7

Do you have any favorites?

Pueo
10-24-2014, 02:48 PM
This is one of my favorites, and this version is so nice too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9ssL7mYIpM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9ssL7mYIpM

Nickie
10-24-2014, 02:59 PM
Well, I'm kinda Hawaii song naive, but I really love to do White Sandy Beach.

Peterjens
10-24-2014, 03:15 PM
I really love to do White Sandy Beach.
Me, too. I play it often and it is a popular song to play in our 'uke group.

And I like this version of Hawai'i Aloha - Aloha'Oe -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5lihEWC8Dw&index=7&list=PLNcwNrEn71GS7TW8EFn6zfBhhm6vhN_jV