Music Time – Traditional Hawaiian



What are your favorite Traditional Hawaiian songs?  I use the word “Traditional” loosely as I’m talking about songs either in all Hawaiian or includes some Hawaiian lyrics.


When I was in high school, I got into Hawaiian slack-key.  I could never play it – but I did enjoy listening to The Beamer brothers.  This song takes me back to the cold mornings of getting ready to go to school while I turned on the stereo to listen to whatever record I had on there.  This being the title cut – I heard this song a lot:

This Is Our Island Home – The Beamer Brothers


When I was in intermediate, my older brother brought home this album.  I used to sneak it when he wasn’t home and listen to it.  Grew to love this song:

Kawika – Sunday Manoa


I discovered this song while listening to KCCN-AM while our girls were just infants.  I’d be out in the garage tending to my orchids and listening to the radio.

Pua Olena – The Lim Family


And one more – a classic.  Cannot forget Aunty Genoa Keawe’s – Alika


What are your favorite Traditional Hawaiian tunes?  Later on we’ll touch upon Contemporary Hawaiian songs.  For now, just Traditional stuff.




197 Responses to “Music Time – Traditional Hawaiian”

  1. Mark Shelby says:

    Good one …..ankleBYTERS

    One of my all time favorites of that era!

  2. ankleBYTERS says:

    No Hawaiian lyrics, but still, it’s about Hawaii….

    The Rascals – My Hawaii

  3. Pam says:

    Yes, we walked those beaches together hand in hand. Loved you then, love you now!

  4. Mark Shelby says:

    Yup Keoni. At least Auntie was one good Honey Girl and admitted it. That was Hawaiian honor. I felt bad for her, but admired her for it.

  5. keoni says:

    Therefore, when you sing in Hawaiian, know the words AND correct pronunciation!

  6. keoni says:

    @Mark & DIO That just proves the old Hawaiian proverb – I ka hua’olelo ke ola, I ka hua’olelo ka make, In the word is life, in the word is death, or in Aunty’s case, extreme embarrassment! 😯

  7. Mark Shelby says:

    Yes……one word. I posted it above, and I heard that. But I did not understand what you were talking about. Thank you.

  8. DIO says:

    If you haven’t watched the video I posted, go watch it. She explains it in the first 2 minutes.

  9. Mark Shelby says:

    How does she not know what she is singing about? Please explain. I posted this song many post’s above. And I love her!

  10. DIO says:

    Aunty Genoa Keawe: a funny story followed by Maile Swing. Poor Aunty, she just didn’t know what she was singing about. 😆
    God Bless you, Aunty. We miss you down here.

  11. Mark Shelby says:

    Right here… where I walked hand in hand, with my lifelong friend Pam who is on this board now when we were just teenagers. I know this is modern. But I wanted to share while I have it here. And da IZ words are awesome!

    Can’t wait for the modern Hawaiian Music thread. I have so much to share. Consider this a preview.

    Don’t be embarrassed Pam…….you know you loved me back din! When we were just kids. On dat white sandy beach. Right there where da IZ is sitting!

    OFFICIAL Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole – White Sandy Beach Video

  12. keoni says:

    OK, one mo’ contribution from me. I don’t know who dese braddahs are but when da guy singing hits that high note, aue!, chicken skin fo’ sure!
    Kuhihewa by Aunty Agnes Malaby Weisbarth

  13. Mark Shelby says:

    Mackey Feary wiping his tears at min. 5:45 also……he died way too young!

  14. Mark Shelby says:

    If you look really close……you can see Mackey Feary wiping his tears at minute 6:18. Just like I am crying now………….

  15. Mark Shelby says:

    I wish this was more in focus. But you can hear the meaning of the words.

    A true Favorite son of Hawai’i

    Kaleohano – Performed by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

  16. Mark Shelby says:

    No one betta den Bradda IZ!

    OFFICIAL Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole – “E ala E” Video

  17. Mark Shelby says:

    I was there that night at Bishop Museum. Amazing we can find these videos.

  18. Mark Shelby says:

    Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole Performing with Sean Na’auao at Bishop Museum.

    Moonlight Mele on the Lawn

  19. Mark Shelby says:

    Did you ever go to the Moonlight Mele at Bishop Museum? I did every chance I got. It was always so Awesome! Nothing but the best local Hawaiian Entertainers all in one place!

    Cyril Pahunui @ Moonlight Mele – 2

  20. Mark Shelby says:

    Mark’75 You sneaky bradda! ya! I did that too. Diamond Head was my backyard ya know!…..hehe

  21. Mark'75 says:

    Yup, I remember concerts at the Shell and those Crater Festivals back in the day. Even climbing over the side to get in one year.

  22. Mark Shelby says:

    You got that right LostHawaiian……I think I posted that above. So many good songs now, hard to keep track, Bradda.

    This one is for you LH! I Love IT!

    Palani Vaughan – Ipo Lei Manu

  23. Mark Shelby says:

    Ya Mark’75…’s amazing to me how many of these good old songs……I was actually there live. Remember all of the good old concerts at the Waikiki Shell? I used to go every chance I got!

    And remember all of the Diamond Head Crater celebrations? Wow! Those were wild! They all parked in front of my house to hike up to the tunnel entrance.

  24. losthawaiian says:

    I’m not sure if this song was already mentioned. Ipo Lei manu by Palani Vaughn. When I listen to KINE online and this song comes on, I stop what I am doing and listen and it takes me back to Hawaii.

  25. Mark'75 says:

    Yeah, Don Ho was one of those people who seemed larger than life!

  26. Mark'75 says:

    @Mark Shelby: Maunalua. Clicked on the link and thought, yeah, these guys look familiar, but couldn’t place them. Only had to read further to see its from the Made in Hawaii Festival 2013, and I was there. Geesh, not so swift!

  27. Mark Shelby says:

    Aloha Mark’75. I got to meet Don Ho one night, in an elevator when I was a kid. He lived across the hall from my Godfather Homer Powell in the Pent House, who was the founder of our Wigwam Dept. Stores and my Dads best friend. Homer and Don Ho lived in the tall condo building in the Hilton Hawaiian Village next to the Lagoon. I shook Don Ho’s hand that night. Nice guy, nice smile. Always gracious. He was a living legend.

    It may have been called the Lagoon Apartments in the old days.

  28. Mark'75 says:

    @KAN: Pupu Hinuhinu – nice song for go sleep with!

  29. Mark Shelby says:

    Remember dees Braddas?

    Maunalua – U’ilani

  30. Mark'75 says:

    Don Ho – Tiny Bubbles
    Okay Bulldogs, all together:
    “So here’s to the gold and green,
    and here’s to our school supreme,
    and here’s a cheer for our fighting team…”

  31. KAN says:

    And last one for tonight ‘cuz it’s bedtime for me.

    “Pupu Hinuhinu,” written by Aunty Nona Beamer (may G*d rest her soul), done here, appropriately by son Keola. (Link to audio only.)

    “E moe, e moe.”

  32. KAN says:

    “Pua Ahihi,” done here by Maunalua, written by Kahauanu Lake. One of my favorites to sing.

  33. KAN says:

    “Nani Waimea,” by Palolo. Killer key change in the bridge.

  34. KAN says:

    “Nani Ko`olau,” done here by braddahs I don’t know, but they’re good.

    This is another favorite of our kanikapila group

  35. Mark'75 says:

    A Hawaiian Wedding Song:
    Makaha Sons – Ke Kali Nei Au

  36. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Sistah do I get the impression that your a musician? If yes, what do you play to have such a great knowledge?

  37. Mark Shelby says:

    I remember dis…jus love da old country house!

    “Aloha ‘Oe” by Kapono, Kamakawiwo’ole, Pahinui, Cazimero

  38. KAN says:

    Oops, here’s the link to “Ka Uluwehi” with Ledward

  39. KAN says:

    If you’ve flown Hawaiian Air in the last few years, you might have seen this video of Napua Greig (she now goes by Napua Makua) doing “Lawakua.”

  40. KAN says:

    If you’re trying to get someone up to dance hula, this is a good one to entice them with. I’m told this is a song most dancers know.

    “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai,” done here by the master Ledward Ka`apana.

  41. KAN says:

    Weldon Kekauoha, “Lei Ho`oheno” (part of the bridge makes me think of “You’ve Got a Friend”).

  42. KAN says:

    The wondrous falsetto of Mark Yamanaka with “Pua Kenikeni”

  43. KAN says:

    Al again, this time doing “Ahulili”

  44. KAN says:

    My friend Al Tringali doing “Kauai Beauty”

  45. KAN says:

    Home town pride:

    “Kane`ohe,” by Gary Haleamau. Awesome falsetto

  46. KAN says:

    Back to Hui Ohana for the only song Sweetie can still hula:


  47. KAN says:

    Another favorite kanikapila song: “Koali,” by the man who wrote it, Pekelo.

  48. KAN says:

    Herb again, mugging as he makes “Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi” look easy.

  49. KAN says:

    Love this version of “Hilo Hanakahi” by Keola Beamer (one of my idols) and Raiatea Helm.

  50. KAN says:

    My two favorite `ukulele players of all time (except for my dad, that is)

    Ohta-san and Herb Ohta Jr. doing “Hi`ilawe”

  51. KAN says:

    Jesse again, this time doing “I Ka Po A Me Ke Ao.”

  52. KAN says:

    Raiatea Helm, “Kalamaula” (for my dear friend Manono who grew up there)

  53. KAN says:

    Here’s my buddy, Jesse Tinsley, doing “Sanoe.”

  54. KAN says:

    Here’s a tasty version of “Ali`ipoe” with Na Palapalai and Izumi.

  55. KAN says:

    I couldn’t find video of my favorite Owana Salazar song, “Ali`ipoe,” so “Ku`u Lei Awapuhi” will have to do for now.

  56. hawai'ian by heart says:

    @Mark Shelby

    Mahalo uncle, yeah i know what your saying. For the mainland, San Diego is the place to be, but it not home i agree. At least neither of us are on the east coast, thats something to be greatful for. 🙂

  57. Mark Shelby says:

    Good day here in North County San Diego…….hawai’ian by heart. I like how you spell it now! Mo Betta!

    75* and sunny! We are having Summer in Jan! But I would much rather be at my Diamond Head family home! At least I still get Pacific Ocean here. But I miss my Island home.

  58. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Aloha M.L.C guys and gals. Hope you had great day?

  59. Mark Shelby says:

    Not in Hawaiian. But you have to just love this guy! And his steel guitar! I grew up listening to all dis good stuffs. Those were the days….braddas!

    George de Fretes – Hawaiian Paradise

  60. Mark Shelby says:

    I still remember listening to dis kine when I was one little kid. Because my parents did.

    The Mena Moeria Minstrels – Tomi-Tomi

    One more……

    Remember the Kodak Hula Show and all of the good old Hawaiian music, and hula? We used to go all the time. And always took our mainland visitors there!

  61. hawai'ian by heart says:

    If you every met this bruddah, you will feel his mana and uhane (energy,spirit) of peace and aloha. No video can display what im saying. Everytime I hear this song I feel his mana, it bring tears to my eyes.

    Kaleohano – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

    Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (IZ) – Kaulana Kawaihae

  62. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Good to see you bruddah. 🙂

  63. Rodney says:

    There sure will be. Right now, I’ll take anything with some Hawaiian lyrics in it.

  64. hawai'ian by heart says:

    @keoni, Kaikua’ana i believe there will also be a contemporary mele page soon.

  65. hawai'ian by heart says:

    If im wrong? Then I wont post bands like this till the contemporary music page comes up. I do love this traditional song sung by these guys.

    Hapa – “Ku’u Lei Awapuhi

  66. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    Aloha, Howzit.

    Ok need a judges decision. Is traditional hawaii’an mele about the song? or the age of da group singing it? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Mahalo guys, we need no stink’n hawaii’an music appreciation class in college. Just Hang in Pono MLC Hawai’i lol. 🙂

  67. Mark Shelby says:

    DIO……..I remember watching this on Live TV! In 1987…..Excellent! Leis up to da ears!

  68. Mark Shelby says:

    On the verge of modern…..but 1970’s……and I just have to share. One of my all time favorites.

    Keola and Kapono Beamer – Honolulu City Lights

    “Honolulu City Lights” is a song composed by Keola Beamer in the early 1970s. This is the original recording by the Beamer Brothers. The song was a local hit in Hawaii and is still remembered fondly by many Hawaiians, including those citizens who have left the Island state for whatever reasons, and long to go back.

    A cover was done by Richard and Karen Carpenter in 1978, but the song was not released until 1986 on a single, and 1989 on an album.

    Did you even know that Karen Carpenter even sang this?

  69. Mark Shelby says:

    On the verge of modern…..but jus have to share. One of my all time favorites. And anything Beamer…..

    Keola Beamer, “Ku`u Home O Kahalau`u”

  70. Mark Shelby says:

    Remember Bob Brozman?

    “Ua Like” performed by Ledward Kaapana & Bob Brozman

  71. Mark Shelby says:

    I told you all related. Check da story…..I love it! This post is more about this amazing story below!

    Black Sand – Ledward Kaapana Slack Key Guitar

    Back before the lava came, the little village of Kalapana in the district of Puna on Hawai`i Island was known for three things: a magnificent black sand beach, the queen’s bath, and a remarkable concentration of musicians. Members of the Kaapana and Konanui clans settled there, with Fred Punahoa, George Kaapana and his wife Tina among the most widely known. The parties were legendary, with various family members showing off their favorite numbers and jam sessions that went on for days.

    Two of George and Tina’s kids, the twin brothers Ledward and Nedward, went on to form Hui Ohana, a legendary group in Hawaiian music.

    George Kaapana only recorded once, but he composed a number of slack key pieces that Ledward has kept alive in his repertoire. This tune was originally called “Portuguese Slack Key” (well, actually they used the traditional slang) and Ledward changed the name to honor the lost beaches of Kalapana and his small kid days. He recorded “Black Sand” for a CD of the same name, a nahenahe masterpiece still available from Dancing Cat Records.

    We shot this duet in Ledward’s backyard in Kane`ohe, on O`ahu. I faded the beginning and ending because of the noise of passing trucks and jet airplanes. I captured the wide shot on a Panasonic Lumix GH2, with a Sanyo Xacti HD2000 for the closeup. Ledward’s audio was recorded on a Sony PCM-D50, while I used a Zoom Q3HD to record my guitar. All editing was done in Edius Neo.

  72. Mark Shelby says:

    Just want to mention. Just like in the Wikipedia above. And most of the music above. Notice how all of the greats are related! Talent runs in da Family!

  73. Mark Shelby says:

    This may be crossing the modern line. But this fine gentleman needs a mention. And maybe in the new modern thread. Worked hard all his life. Town destroyed by Madam Pele. And he came back, and neva gave up. So many good sons of Hawai’i….! The Hawaiian falsetto voice and music is a gift from God!

    Ledward Kaapana – “I Kona” Master Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist

  74. Mark Shelby says:

    rare! …..Hawaiian Slack Key – Gary Haleamau “Home Pumehana”

    Slack key great, Gary Haleamau was only 12 years old when this single record was released. It is found on his CD “Lei Poina`ole: The Best of Gary Haleamau

  75. khs68 says:

    Brings back memories of 6th grade performance at Lunalilo Elementary School.

    Holoholo Ka’a

  76. Mark Shelby says:

    The Hawaiian falsetto voice and music is a gift from God!

    Gary Haleamau – Pohakuloa

  77. keoni says:

    Eh Uncle Rodney, any chance you could let this thread continue through Sunday? We gettin some wonderful audio AND video here, and I’ve only contributed one manini song! heehee!

  78. keoni says:

    @Mark’75 That video of Pauoa Hula just blew me away! So many stars that I recognized – Kaipo Hale, Braddah Moon and the Makaha Sons, Da Braddahs Caz, etc. What a rare line-up of some of the great talent, most of whom are still with us. Mahalo nui loa!

  79. Mark Shelby says:

    Too cute! …ya? Remember Pearly Shells?

    Pearly Shells – Hawaii Kids Calabash Songs – Pearly Shells

  80. Mark'75 says:

    Jack DeMello – I Am Hawaii

  81. Mark'75 says:

    Okay, found one.
    Teresa Bright – Nani Kauai

  82. Mark'75 says:

    Teresa Bright – Hula Heaven
    ok, no Hawaiian Lyrics, but I like this song so much!

  83. Mark'75 says:

    Wow, nice!

  84. KAN says:

    @Mark’75 – you know Amy’s grandmother wrote that song! I love to hear Amy telling stories about that grandmother – she was quite the woman.

  85. Mark'75 says:

    @KAN: Speaking of Amy Hanaiali’i, this is one of my favs:
    Haleiwa Hula
    (Can hear that old Ala Moana Shopping Center commercial in this song)

  86. KAN says:

    One of my dad’s favorites:

    “Aia I Ka La`i,” done by Kalena deLima (Kelly’s daughter). Such an awesome falsetto. And the family is as nice as they are talented.

  87. KAN says:

    “Na Vaqueros,” Kuana Torres Kahele. Kuana pays tribute to both sides of his heritage, Spanish and Hawaiian, in this song about Vaqueros and paniolo in both languages.

    (Incidentally, Hi*Sessions is so well done – beautiful sound *&* video.)

  88. KAN says:

    “O Kamawaelualani.”

    It’s a shame more people don’t know this song. We learned it because his halau performs it. Written by Liko Martin (he also wrote “Waimanalo Blues,”) and his friend, painter Laka Morton.

  89. KAN says:

    Keali`i Reichel: “Ipo Lei Momi.” This is one of our party songs – we do this one and the next one.

  90. KAN says:

    Now gonna post some of Sweetie’s (with his permission, since he’s still at work).

    Sean Na`auao: “Kaililauokekoa.”

  91. KAN says:

    Keali`i took the melody from the Okinawan song “Nada Sou Sou.” Manoa DNA does a great version with both songs.

    (Incidentally, all the members are related. “DNA” refers to “Dad,” “Nick,” and “Alex.” And, oh, in their spare time, they run the `Iolani line of clothing. When do these guys sleep?)

  92. KAN says:

    Keali`i Reichel, “Ka Nohona Pili Kai,” written as a tribute to his grandmother’s home.

  93. KAN says:

    Shucks, can’t find the second one in a video. It’s “Ka Ua `Ula” (The Red Rain), for her family’s `aumakua (and incidentall, it’s on her “`Aumakua” album.

  94. Mark Shelby says:

    Your last one Mark at 7:06pm is totally awesome! All the best folks on one stage! Anything ever produced by Mountain Apple was always totally awesome! They always had da ear and da eye!

  95. KAN says:

    @Mark’75: “Pauoa” is one of our favorite kanikapila songs. And that’s an awesome lineup. And, wow, they’re doing verses I’ve never heard before.

    Seeing Amy in there made me think of my two favorite Amy songs:

    First, “Manu O Ku,”
    Written partly in tribute to her brother, Timmy, part of the Hokule`a crew.

  96. Mark Shelby says:

    I remember dose buggas Mark’75……dats why they always told us. Never have one girlfriend from da mainland ’cause she going leave you! Or want to take you away from our islands!

    Always loved this group!…..and this song. Happened to me many times.

    Ka’au Crater Boys – You Don’t Write

    Keep going bradda Mark! Love the memories!

  97. Mark'75 says:

    How’s this for a group?
    Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua

  98. Mark'75 says:

    Time fo’ grind everybody!!!!!
    Ka’au Crater Boys – He ‘Ono

  99. Mark Shelby says:

    I think somebody posted Gabby above….

    I just loved this guy. And do you remember the Rabbit Island Song Festival. I thought, OMG these guys are so cool! Makapuu my favorite body surfing beach. I grew up staring at Rabbit Island, while waiting for my next bess wave! I watched those two palms tress grow on the bottom left hand side, on da island!

    Gabby ” Pops ” Pahinui – Ipo Lei Manu

  100. Mark Shelby says:

    Another good guy. I am just sharing the songs I love and the artist’s I remember, even the writers, as I find them. It takes some digging. Not trying to over post anyone above if you have already posted this song. The Hawaiian falsetto voice and music is like no other on the planet!

    Dennis Pavao ” Puna Ku’u Aloha (Ka Leo Ki’ eki’ e )

  101. Mark Shelby says:

    I loved this as one little keiki. Still today.

    Dennis Pavao ” Sweet Leilani ” The Golden Voice Of Hawaii

  102. Mark Shelby says:

    LOVELY HULA HANDS – Rudi Van Dalm

    Lovely Hula Hands was written by R Alexander Anderson in 1940. Anderson, an American engineering student in Cornell University who never had any formal music training, wrote many popular Hawaiian songs in the hapa haole genre.
    Lovely Hula Hands was made popular by Harry Owens and later Bing Crosby. It has since been recorded by dozens of popular singers.

  103. Mark Shelby says:

    Another fun find for me. Hope you like it. The beer commercials….lol

    HARRY OWENS Tv Show 1958 Hawaiian Music

  104. Mark Shelby says:

    This fine Wahine always made me smile. I used to watch this TV show when I was a little kid.

    HARRY OWENS Hawaiian tv show 1958 Hilo Hattie

  105. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Almost exact time lol.

  106. Hawaiian by Heart says:
    “Aloha Oe” Queen Liliuokalani, 1878
    George Kahumoku Jr – “Hawaiian Lullaby” – Master of Slack Key Guitar
    Another great song

  107. dihudfan says:

    @DIO… yes

  108. Hawaiian by Heart says:–KHdqanI
    “E O Mai” by Keali`i Reiche
    “Slack Key Lullaby” by Ledward Ka’apana

  109. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Aloha, It looks like another cold, soupy, grey day in Portland. Are you in Portland or just general Oregon DIO?

  110. Mark'75 says:

    @DIO: Anne

  111. Pam says:

    I was fortunate as a young haole girl to sing much Hawaiian music during the time I lived on the island in the early 70’s. I sang in the Leilehua Singers, the show choir at LHS. Many traditional songs and dances performed. We traveled to the city from Wahaiwa and sang regularly at the Kahahla Hilton for Hawaiian wedding ceremonies. Also, I was honored to sing at First Church of the Nazarene on Judd St. In many weddings there as well. The Hawaiian wedding song rings in my head and in my heart to this day.

  112. DIO says:

    hmmmm, all this talk of Kamehameha……

    Kahu Kekoa is still there.

    Mark’75: What was your sister’s first name?

    dihudfan: question, is your friend’s initials, M.A.?

  113. Mark Shelby says:

    Yes dihudfan…..I went to the Blaisdell Concert Hall many times to hear the Kam School Choir. Been listening to Hawaiian music since I was one baby. My parents used to turn on the radio in their bedroom at night before bedtime. I remember laying there and just loving the music. So it was in my blood from a long time ago.

  114. dihudfan says:

    eh Mark Shelby… one of my fortunate experience wuz to attend the Kamehameha Song contest at the Blaisdell, compliments of one of my friend, who also wuz a high school counselor there at Kamehameha… your sister probably knows him but I won’t mention his name because he left for a job at his alma mater… most enjoyable moments!!! I’m really not into old Hawaiian music, but this wuz really nice… sitting in the center of the concert… oh what a feelin’…

  115. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    I love He’eia – Gabby Pahinui and The Sons of Hawaii.

  116. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    E maika`i akamai hu’i hu’i lani wahine
    (Good, Smart, Cool, Heavenly, Girls) Ok that should get me in good standing again lol. 🙂

  117. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    My apologies, well your a very knowledgeable wahine 🙂 I bet that concert was epic? Wow im green with envie lol.

    @Mark Shelby oh maybe E maika`i akamai hu’i hu’i lani wahine 🙂

  118. Mark'75 says:

    The Sons of Hawaii – He Punahele No ‘Oe

  119. Mark Shelby says:

    Kan…..LOL…..maybe we need one new Hawaiian Slang word for girls! We could call them……Braddettes!………lol

    How come we neva thought of that long ago. I guess we jus called them Girlz, and Sistahs.

  120. KAN says:

    HbH – I was at the concert with Led, Nathan & Uncle D – that was filmed at the Triple Door in Seattle.

  121. Mark Shelby says:

    Mark’75… lifelong child hood friend Cordel Kekoa has been the Chaplin at Kamehameha for years. I bet Cordel was there, or he would have been if time permitted. We went to Sunday school together on Judd Street as young little Keiki in the 1960’s. I have to look up and see if Cordel is still at Kam. Cordel has preformed many Hawaiian blessings all around our islands. His father is Hotch Kekoa. Who lives in Kailua, next to Kailua Church of the Nazarene. Also my life long friend!

    I told you was one small island back din Bradda!

  122. Mark'75 says:

    @KAN: You’re not alone. They thought the same with khs68. 😆

  123. KAN says:

    Uh, Mark & HbH – don’t assume all the posters here are dudes – I’m a Kane`ohe girl. 😉

    Another of the great young groups: Waipuna. This is probably the standout of their last album for me – the Kamehameha Trilogy. (Note David Kamakahi, Uncle Dennis’ son, at far left.)

  124. Mark'75 says:

    @Mark Shelby: My sister taught high school there. Her funeral was held at Kamehameha Schools’ chapel. We were honored to see Dr. Chun there.

  125. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    I believe you guys may enjoy this?

    The Hawaiian Legends: Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi & Nathan Aweau No Ke Ano Ahiahi – -this is the 1st cut of the 1st track from the 1st Concert.; completely unrehersed. In fact this is the first time, three extraordinary musicians played altogether.

  126. Mark Shelby says:

    Mark ’75…..I’m sure din, my sister knew your sister! I told you was one small island. The President of Kamehameha Schools came to our Church of the Nazarene on Judd Street for my Fathers funeral in 2002. To pay respect. And I shook his hand and thanked him.

  127. Mark'75 says:

    Agreed. My oldest sister taught there until her passing in 1995. She always said Kamehameha is an awesome school!

  128. Mark Shelby says:

    Mark’75…..anything by Kamehameha Schools is always one winna! My sister Kathi Shelby has been a high school counselor there since about 1981. And she still is today. I have been to many Kamehameha School concerts. Always totally awesome and first class! Hawaiian Pride still lives. Thank God!

  129. Mark'75 says:

    E Maliu Mai
    A beautiful rendition by Kamehameha Schools C/O 2011
    The only school whose students sing their alma mater in parts….at FOOTBALL GAMES ❗

  130. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Mahalo wow uhm, braddah you just humbled me lol. Here I thought I knew something of our traditional music. You just schooled me lol. Ok ima going to go to this corner and suck my thumb lol. 🙂

  131. Mark Shelby says:

    Little more modern, but dees Braddas Always Rocked da house! In true Hawaiian Spirit! I just loved these fine gentlemen! All of their songs! All Dat!

    The Brothers Cazimero “Ku`u Ipo I Ka He`e Pue One”

  132. Mark'75 says:

    Project Kuleana – Kaulana Na Pua

  133. Mark Shelby says:

    Aloha! Kan! Tanks….You are like one good old Hawaiian song overload Bradda! Carry On! All Awesome!

  134. Mark'75 says:

    Project Kuleana – All Hawaii Stand Together

  135. KAN says:

    Last one for now, a song very close to my heart:

    Nathan Aweau, “Kane`ohe.”

    I cry every time I hear Nathan do this live.

  136. KAN says:

    Another of those great young groups: Hi`ikua. All as nice as they are talented. Don’t be put off by Kalehua’s face tattoos – he does it to carry on tradition, not to be tough. Hi`ikua readily admits that they aspire to be like Hui Ohana – and Kalehua’s falsetto really reminds me of Dennis Pavao’s. Here they do Ka Pili Oha, probably my favorite song of theirs.

  137. KAN says:

    I love the younger groups with truckloads of talent, great language skills, and the tear-inducing harmonies. Holunape is one of those. Here, they do “Ohaiali`i Kaluhea,” which is the favorite of one of the local uncles at kanikapila.

  138. KAN says:

    Whenever I hear “Pua Lililehua,” I think of my friend’s daughter’s wedding. For her processional, we (about 5 of us, including the friend) played one verse. Then the friend put his guitar down, walked his daughter down the aisle, then picked up his guitar to finish the last verse.

    In my opinion, Kuana Torres Kahele, formerly part of Na Palapalai, is one of the great young voices on the scene. He does it here.

  139. KAN says:

    I don’t know if I learned “Pua Lilia” from the Sunday Manoa’s version or the Cazimeros’ – but it’s one of my favorite to sing.

  140. KAN says:

    One last Uncle Dennis song here. This song, “Kalama,” was written for John Kalama, who emigrated to Washington to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Mr. Kalama married into the Nisqually tribe, and a Washington town is named for him. I had the great privilege of hearing Uncle D do this song in Kalama in front of Mr. Kalama’s descendents. That was a chicken skin moment I will never forget.

    (For more on Mr. Kalama, see )

  141. KAN says:

    The last of Uncle D’s three songs that always called at our kanikapila:

    “Pua Hone,” written in Washington state as a proposal song to Aunty Robin.

  142. KAN says:

    Another favorite by Uncle D: “Koke’e”

    (Incidentally, what a thrill for the dancer to perform this with the songwriter singing the song.)

  143. KAN says:

    Sally, Uncle Dennis Kamakahi wrote “Wahine Ilikea.” It also forms the basis of his granddaughter’s middle name. This is one of our kanikapila gang’s favorite songs to sing, for good reason. Here’s Uncle D’s take on his own song.

  144. KAN says:

    Another oldie but goodie by Hui Ohana: “Wai Ulu.” Those harmonies are unbeatable.

  145. KAN says:

    Hi Sally! Sorry I’m late to the party again – stomach problems (ugh).

    I’m with Mark Shelby – I love Hui Ohana. I grew up listening to them. One of my faves by them: “Sweet Lei Mokihana.”

  146. Mark'75 says:

    Israel Kamakawioole – Kaleohano
    Sung at the 1996 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, with a surprise that brought down the house. Chicken Skin!

  147. Mark Shelby says:

    Could the son of Irmalee Pomroy have actually posted this on youtube?

    It’s Just An Old Hawaiian Custom-Irmalee Pomroy

    Uploaded on Apr 16, 2009

    Aloha ‘Oe, memories of Irmalee Pomroy. We will miss you Mom forever and a day! You are home in Heaven dancing with the angels along with Dad, ‘ohana, friends and loved ones who have gone home before us. No more pain and suffering. We thank God always for His many blessings, we are nothing without Him in our life. Amen.

  148. sally says:

    Pili Mau Me Oe … Pandanus Club

    My daughter and I sang this in the car all the time since she was in preschool.

  149. sally says:

    Love Song Of Kalua

    Sorry, forgot the link.

  150. Mark Shelby says:

    Found more good old Hawaiian History…..this post is for historical purpose.

    Another great Charles E. King traditional Hawaiian song from either late 19th century, or early 20th. He was a contemporary of Queen Liliuokalani – and I believe that they were also good friends. Scenes from an old black and white 16mm Hawaii film (courtesy of J. Everilde Collection) -appreciation / thank you!

    Pua Carnation – Vintage Hawaiian Yesteryear Series – Old 16mm Film

  151. sally says:

    Love Song of Kalua

    From the first movie that ever made me cry, I may have been around 6yrs old or so. Bird of Paradise. I was horrified and so sad when Kalua had to jump into the volcano.

  152. sally says:

    Wahine Ilikea … Eddie Kamai or whoever wants to sing it
    This is my song for my daughter

  153. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Sorry my mistake i didn’t catch the contemporary later part at the end Rodney. Sorry to appear kohole.

    He’eia – Gabby Pahinui and The Sons of Hawaii

  154. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    Dennis Kamakahi-Hapuna Sunset

  155. Mark Shelby says:

    When we were little Keiki…we respected the good old Hawaiians, Locals and their/our music of old Hawai’i. That’s what you did! I remember this video from long ago. Do you remember him?

    Clyde “Kindy” Sproat — Old Hawaiian Song with Hula Girls

  156. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Wahine U’i – Gabby Pahinui yes great song uncle.

  157. Mark Shelby says:

    Hana Hou……I always thought these fine gentlemen were one of the best in our modern times.

    Hui Ohana ” Panini Pua Kea ”

  158. Mark Shelby says:

    Remember dees braddahs? And the steel guitar by Jerry Byrd?

    Hui Ohana ” Lehuanani ” (Magic Islands)

  159. Mark Shelby says:

    I always enjoyed this when I was a kid. I could hardly wait until I would grow up, so I could hold one girls hand and walk on the beach….hehe

    Tommy Edwards Blue Hawaii 1960 in Hawaii rare MGM

  160. khs68 says:

    @Mark’75 – “Big fat kakaroach go hit’em wit da slippah.” Too funny!! Sound so Kaimuki-ish.

  161. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Mahalo, tanks great mele sally.

    @Everyone hmmm is it me or do almost all asian, polynesian wahine look Beautiful?

  162. sally says:

    We need KAN and Sweetie’s input on this topic!

  163. sally says:

    Ke Alaula … Makaha Sons

    Brings me to tears every time I hear it. Now, even more so after being fortunate enough to meet them before John Koko’s passing. He was so darn kolohe, made me laugh so much!

    This song will be my ‘entrance song’ at my dream wedding reception.

  164. sally says:

    Blue Darling / I’ll Be Leaving … Kapena

    Being a Kaimuki grad, he always perfoms (missed last year) at our KHS Foundation Fundraisers. HINT HINT to all Bulldog MLCers!

    One year was so special. Due to a technicality, he never received his graduation diploma. He was finally presented with one and his surprise was so genuine and loved, not a dry eye in the house!

  165. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Hawai’i Aloha, nice find auntie, rare song from Brudda Iz.


    I recently startted liking Me A’u Lei by Slack Key Posse ever heard of the,?

  166. Mark'75 says:

    Rap Replinger – Chanting
    “Cruze Kalakaua in da ’57 Chevy…”

  167. khs68 says:

    Thanks hbh

  168. Mark'75 says:

    Four Hawaiians – On The Beach At Waikiki
    old school……

  169. Mark'75 says:


  170. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    I know you guys will love this?

    “Aloha ‘Oe” by Kapono, Kamakawiwo’ole, Pahinui, Cazimero

  171. Mark'75 says:

    A memorable jam with Gabby Pahinui and Peter Moon. The brief interview with Ron Jacobs is priceless.

  172. Hawaiian by Heart says:


    Yes they fit in contemporary. So does HAPA, C&K and Hawai’ian Style Band. 🙂

  173. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    Felix Mendelson and His Hawaiian Serenades

    Auwe mistake! this should work.

  174. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    Lei Pikake – Hapa

    Felix Mendelson and His Hawaiian Serenades

    Wow guys I could do this all day, but don’t want to be selfish lol.

  175. volleymom2 says:

    Any song by Sunday Manoa.
    Country Comfort, Beamer Brothers, and Kalapana songs- would that be contemporary?

  176. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    Another all time favorite.

    Hawaii ’78: Brudda Iz and the Makaha Sons of Niihau

    O’ahu by Kalama Brothers

  177. Gareth says:

    Gabby Pahinui, “Hiilawe”

  178. Hawaiian by Heart says:

    E’ Aloha kakahiaka oukou (GoodMorning Everyone)


    Wow uncle I knew you had good taste lol. Kawika – Sunday Manoa is one of my all time favorite. Mahalo fo’ another great topic. 🙂

  179. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

  180. keoni says:

    I think Howard has one of the finest male voices in Hawai’i. I could listen to him for hours!

  181. keoni says:

    I’ll start off with just one, here sung (and danced) by Halau Hula Olana’s Howard Ai
    Ku`u Pua I Paoakalani

  182. keoni says:

    Oh my goodness, Uncle Rodney, dis topic going get bambucha posts fo’ sure! And deah gonna be about a gazillion that’ll be mine! 🙂

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