View Full Version : Simple Hawaiian Song Chords?

02-07-2012, 04:00 AM
I'm taking a beach vacation in May with some friends who are expecting to hear lots of ukulele noodling from me. :D

So my question is, where can I find chords for some "Hawaiian" tunes?

I'm terrible at memorizing music, generally read off printouts, but I'd love to prep & practice a few beach-friendly tunes to share.


02-07-2012, 05:54 AM

02-07-2012, 06:46 AM
THANK YOU!!! great resources. :) Much appreciated.

02-07-2012, 06:57 AM
Since Sporin mentioned resources, these are from UU's Ukulele Resources thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-%28Updated%29) (a sticky) in the Ukulele Beginners forum.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
02-07-2012, 07:08 AM
E Huli Makou http://www.4shared.com/mp3/CgfQdzDk/E_Huli_Makou.html?refurl=d1url

here's a link to my Hawaiian MP3s: http://www.4shared.com/folder/3vM0eorG/Hawaiian_MP3s.html

and then one to the Hawaiian pdfs: http://www.4shared.com/folder/t6j0dd6V/Hawaiian_Song_pdfs.html

enjoy and keep uke'in',

mm stan
02-07-2012, 07:19 AM
I always like the old time favorites
Little Grass Shack
Pearly Shells
Blue Hawaii
My Hawaii
Tiny Bubbles
Hanalei Moon etc.
and more modern.. Molokai Slide...

02-07-2012, 08:10 AM
One of the easiest Hawaiian songs to learn/play is E Huli Makou.

Na Palapalai sure does a pretty version, but you can keep it very simple and it still works.
Very simple melody, only three chords, and few lyrics to memorize.
Here is a PDF of the song sheet

You might try "On the Beach at Waikiki" also.

On the Beach At Waikiki
Words by Music by
G.H. Stover Henry Kalimai

F D7 G7
“Honi ka ua wikiwki,” sweet brown maiden said to me
C7 G7 C7 G7 C7 F C#7 F C7
As she gave me language lessons on the beach at Waikiki.

F D7 G7
“Honi ka ua wikiwki,” she then said and smiled in glee,
C7 G7 C7 G7 C7 F C#7 F C7
But she would not translate for me on the beach at Waikiki.

F D7 G7
“Honi ka ua wikiwki,” she repeated playfully;
C7 G7 C7 G7 C7 F C#7 F C7
Oh those lips were so inviting on the beach at Waikiki.

F D7 G7
“Honi ka ua wikiwki,” she was surely teasing me,
C7 G7 C7 G7 C7 F C#7 F C7
So I caught that maid and kissed her on the beach at Waikiki.

F D7 G7
“Honi ka ua wikiwki, you have learned it perfectly;
C7 G7 C7 G7 C7 F C#7 F
Don’t forget what I have taught you,” on the beach at Waikiki.

02-07-2012, 08:12 AM
Hahahha, Uncle Rod and I were thinking the same thing!

I had actually prepared my post, but then got called away at work. By the time I had posted it, Uncle Rod had already posted the same song.


02-07-2012, 08:53 AM
You guys are the best, thank you so much.