Thirteen people signed up for my NEW Kaua’i Island Sing-Along Songs Series on Thursday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults age 55 and better. I used PowerPoint to project the lyrics and chords for 8 songs about Kaua’i and Ni’ihau up on the screen so everyone could see. The presentation of 42 slides took 1 hour, and then we reviewed 5 songs and ended with Hawai’i Aloha 20 minutes later. When I introduced each song, I told the story behind it in keeping with Hawaiian oral traditions whether the song was Hawaiian or not. For songs in the Hawaiian language, I taught how to pronounce the lyrics and the translation. We all had fun while I played my ‘ukulele and my husband accompanied the group on his u-bass. A few more ‘ukulele players than at previous programs brought their instruments to play along. One student was born on Kaua’i and told me he was looking forward to seeing the songs I selected.
Here are the 8 Hawaiian and hapa haole songs we learned:
- Maikai’i Kaua’i – based on a chant by Kapa’akea, music by Henry Aaia’u, traditional.
- Beautiful Kaua’i – by Randy Farden, Jr., 1967.
- Aloha Kaua’i – by Mai’ki Aiu for the Malina family, 1950s.
- Hula o Makee – 2 versions published in 1903, traditional.
- Hanalei Moon – by Maui born Bob Nelson.
- Hanohano Hanalei – by Alfred Alohikea, 1920.
- Pūpū o Ni’ihau – By Mary Robins and Johnny Noble.
- Hawaii Aloha – by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, 1800s
Stay tuned for the next Island Sing-Along Series coming on May 12 about Oahu Island songs.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele