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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:15 AM Dec 2011

One Big Hawaiian Music Thread

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Last edited Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:49 PM - Edit history (2)

Please post any Hawaiian music you like in this thread (Jawaiian and contemporary is okay too )

Let's start with:

Charles Philip "Gabby" or "Pops" Pahinui (April 22, 1921 - October 13, 1980) was a slack-key guitarist.

Gabby was born Charles Kapono Kahahawaii Jr. and later hānai-ed into the Pahinui family as Charles Philip Pahinui and raised in the Kaka'ako area of Honolulu in the 1920s. It was impoverished at the time, very much resembling a shanty-town with small cluttered buildings and tin roofs falling apart.[citation needed] He spent his childhood supporting his family by selling newspapers and shining shoes. He dropped out of school after 5th grade at Pokukaina School.


The Hawaiian Renaissance of the '70s launched a cultural reawakening of all things Hawaiian. Gabby played an important part in the rise of this Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance. First there were the albums recorded through the 1960s with the enormously popular and influential Sons of Hawaii, which he started with `ukulele virtuoso Eddie Kamae: their self-titled debut album (Hula HS 503, 1961); Music of Old Hawai`i (Hula HS 506, 1964); and Folk Music of Hawai`i (Panini 1001, 1971).

As he enjoyed his new success in the '70s, his life-long drinking and a bad road crew accident left his health failing. He retired from road work but took up teaching in the City and County's cultural programs.
He died in 1980 at the age of 59.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin Newspaper stated about Pahinui "The thing about Gabby Pahinui," says DeSoto Brown, a Hawaiian cultural-history expert whose brother worked with Pahinui, "was not only that he was an outstanding musician and entertainer, and a central figure -- maybe THE central figure -- of the Hawaiian Renaissance in the '70s, but that he was an inspiration to others. Thousands of Hawaiian kids learned that they were worthy as a people because of Gabby's example."[1]


This one is in English, the rest are in Hawaiian:




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One Big Hawaiian Music Thread (Original Post) ellisonz Dec 2011 OP
Want to translate a song title from Hawaiian to English? ellisonz Dec 2011 #1
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole Tx4obama Dec 2011 #2
Don Ho ellisonz Dec 2011 #3
Pua Lilia - Sunday Manoa style... PoiBoy Dec 2011 #4
Sunday Manoa is great! ellisonz Dec 2011 #5
Frank De Lima ellisonz Dec 2011 #6
Frank's great... PoiBoy Dec 2011 #7
It's hard to believe he's been at for so long too. ellisonz Dec 2011 #8
Peter Moon ellisonz Dec 2011 #9
Ooklah the Moc ellisonz Dec 2011 #10
Natural Vibrations ellisonz Dec 2011 #11
The Makaha Sons ellisonz Dec 2011 #12
Jack Johnson ellisonz Dec 2011 #13
Some Vintage 1920 Hawaiian Recordings ellisonz Dec 2011 #14
The Green ellisonz Dec 2011 #15
Hui 'Ohana ellisonz Jan 2012 #16
nt feat12515si Feb 2012 #17
Anuhea ellisonz Feb 2012 #18
Jimi Hendrix ellisonz Feb 2012 #19
I got two... lukkadairish Feb 2012 #20


(27,711 posts)
1. Want to translate a song title from Hawaiian to English?
Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:11 AM
Dec 2011

This is the most powerful translation site I've ever found (click for English top right): http://wehewehe.org/

You can also find books on the Hawaiian language in both English and Hawaiian: http://ulukau.org/index.php?l=en

Ulukau was founded by Hale Kuamoʻo and is co-sponsored by Hale Kuamoʻo, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the Native Hawaiian Library, ALU LIKE, Inc.

Founding financial support was provided by the Administration for Native Americans. Continuing support is provided by the Department of Education.

Pretty cool, no?


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2. Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole
Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:11 AM
Dec 2011

OFFICIAL - Somewhere Over the Rainbow 2011 - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

OFFICIAL Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole - "What A Wonderful World"

*This video includes the ceremonial spreading of IZ's ashes into the ocean.


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3. Don Ho
Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:21 PM
Dec 2011

Donald Tai Loy "Don" Ho (simplified Chinese: 何大来; traditional Chinese: 何大來; pinyin: Hé Dàlái; August 13, 1930 – April 14, 2007) was a Hawaiian and traditional pop musician, singer and entertainer.

Ho, of Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Dutch, and German descent, was born in the small Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaʻako, but he grew up in Kāneʻohe on the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. He was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools in 1949 and he attended Springfield College on a football scholarship in 1950, but returned home to earn a bachelor's degree in sociology at University of Hawai'i in 1953. In 1954 Ho entered the United States Air Force doing his basic training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and spent time flying fighter jets in both Texas and Hawaii. Transferred to Hamilton AFB, California he went to the local town of Concord and bought an electronic keyboard from a music store, and recalls, "That's when it all started."


In his stage show, Ho would make jokes about being sent in the mid-1950s to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi and being Hawaiian. Don Ho enjoyed asking for a show of hands of veterans of World War II. He would ask for all the Pearl Harbor survivors to stand. He would tell the men from the European Theatre, "you got your glory in the movies" and they could watch. The veterans of the Pacific Theatre were invited on stage to join the hula dancers.


All together, Ho had ten children. His children often worked alongside with him either on stage, behind the stage or with his business throughout his career. He loved to work with his children teaching them the entertainment business.[5] His daughter, Hoku, performed with her father in his Waikīkī show and in 2000 went on to become a nationally known recording artist in her own right. In 2005 he sang a song that was used as the opening theme to the direct-to-video and DVD movie Aloha, Scooby-Doo!.


Suck em' up!


(1,543 posts)
4. Pua Lilia - Sunday Manoa style...
Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:12 PM
Dec 2011

Sunday Manoa was one of the most innovative groups of the Hawaiian Renaissance IMO...

Robert, Roland and Peter...

BTW... we should have a shaka similie...


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5. Sunday Manoa is great!
Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:30 PM
Dec 2011

Here are a couple shaka smilies that could be used as models:

Awwwwwrite! Maybe I hassle an admin when things slow down

I stumbled onto this one a couple years ago:

"A song hailing King Kalakaua's seven-month tour around the world in 1881. David Kalakaua was the first reigning monarch of any country to make such a journey. Kawika, (Hawaiian for "David&quot was originally a chant later put to music, and is a "mele inoa," a name song written to honor the King."


Keep posting em Poi Boy - dis thread ain't goin' nowhere


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6. Frank De Lima
Wed Dec 14, 2011, 03:48 AM
Dec 2011

Frank Wilcox Napuakekaulike De Lima[1] (born July 8, 1949), a popular comedian from Hawaii, is considered by some media sources to be the most sought after comic in the state. With a Portuguese, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, English, Spanish, and Scottish heritage, he is known for light-hearted "Portagee" (Hawaiian Pidgin English for "Portuguese&quot slurs in his routine. In Honolulu, he attended the Cathedral Elementary School, Damien Memorial High School, and Saint Stephen Minor Seminary, later graduating with Bishop Clarence Silva of Honolulu at St. Patrick Archdiocesan Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He was subsequently ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, serving at Holy Trinity Church, Kuliouou, Honolulu. He remains a devout Catholic.

As a service to the community, De Lima also administers the Frank De Lima Student Enrichment Program. Through the Enrichment Program, Frank travels around Hawaii to various schools to perform motivational speeches.



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7. Frank's great...
Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:59 PM
Dec 2011

..a true local style comic genius... kind of in the style of Weird Al Yankovich and his parodies...

I've worked with Frank at his Student Transition Conventions, helping kids transition from elementary school to middle school, dealing with the peer pressure, gang enticement, etc. He does really great, heart felt work.... he is definitely sincere...

BTW.. I found my shaka similie...


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8. It's hard to believe he's been at for so long too.
Wed Dec 14, 2011, 06:19 PM
Dec 2011

Hawaii comedy always kinda has this "way beyond weird' style to it; I think if he ever got a Comedy Central special or something it'd take over the world.

I've been rolling with that too. Whenever possible, end a post with Aloha and hopefully people here won't feel the need to be so agro.


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10. Ooklah the Moc
Thu Dec 15, 2011, 08:41 PM
Dec 2011

Ooklah The Moc is the name of a reggae band from Palolo, Oahu, Hawaii. The name comes from a cartoon known as Thundarr The Barbarian, which co-starred a rather Wookiee-like creature named Ookla The Mok who wears tight black speedos. [Ref 2]

Straight out of Palolo est. 2000. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ooklah_The_Moc


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12. The Makaha Sons
Sun Dec 18, 2011, 04:23 AM
Dec 2011

The Mākaha Sons of Ni‘ihau were a Hawaiian musical group. They originated on the leeward (Kona or westerly) side of Oahu. After the deaths of the Kamakawiwoʻole brothers, including nationally known Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, the remaining members dropped the "of Niihau" and now are known as the Makaha Sons, consisting of Louis "Moon" Kauakahi on 6-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass and Jerome Koko on 12-string guitar.


The Mākaha Sons of Niihau and the Makaha Sons have released 21 CDs, and produced a DVD on their own record label. They have won Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards. They produce their own signature concert, "Take a Walk in the Country," in Hawaii each year. They produce and promote young artists in traditional Hawaiian music.



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13. Jack Johnson
Mon Dec 19, 2011, 05:20 AM
Dec 2011

Jack Johnson was born May 18, 1975[1] is an American folk rock singer-songwriter, surfer and musician known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released four more albums, a number of EPs and surfing movies/soundtracks. He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival.


Jack Johnson was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.[2] The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, he took an interest in the sport. He began to learn how to surf at the age of 5. At 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu's north shore. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put over 150 stitches in his forehead and knocked a few of his teeth out.[3][dead link][4][dead link]

Jack Johnson graduated from Kahuku High School on the North Shore of Oahu. He would later attend the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduate with a degree in film. While Johnson learned the guitar at the age of 14 and started songwriting at the age of 16 [5], his passion for music grew when he played rhythm guitar for the band Soil (not to be confused with the heavy metal band Soil) in college.



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15. The Green
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:18 AM
Dec 2011

The Green are a band from Waikiki, Hawaii and Kailua, Hawaii. Their sound can be described as reggae, pop, and soul.

Their self titled debut album The Green was released in February 2010. The album's single "Love I" was the band's breakthrough single on Hawaiian radio. The album set a Billboard Reggae Chart record [1] by remaining on the chart for more than 69 straight weeks. The album finished 2010 as the #9 album on the 2010 Billboard's Year End Reggae Chart [2] alongside artists Rebelution, Matisyahu, Bob Marley. In May 2011 the band won Best Reggae Album at Hawaii’s 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.[3]



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16. Hui 'Ohana
Wed Jan 4, 2012, 07:29 AM
Jan 2012
Consisting of twin brothers, Ledward and Nedward Ka'apana (born: 1950), and their Portuguese-Hawaiian cousin, Dennis Pavao (born: 1952), Hui 'Ohana ("group of the family&quot is one of Hawaii's leading bands. Accompanying their falsetto harmonies with melodic slack-key guitar picking, the trio has taken their music from the rural Hawaiian village of Kalapana to the international stage for a quarter of a century.

Although none of the three musicians received formal training, they mastered the lessons they learned from relatives and taught themselves. Hui 'Ohana's debut album, Young Hawai'i Plays Old Hawai'i, released in 1973, revealed their command of the island state's musical traditions. Their third album, Ke Kolu, released in 1974, was recorded with the Ka'apana's mother, Regina, and their sister, Tina. Six of the album's ten songs were written by their father, George. In 1988, Hui 'Ohana recorded an album, Hawaiian Style Guitars, with guitarist Jerry Byrd. In addition to their recordings with Hui 'Ohana, Led Ka'apana and Dennis Pavao have recorded several solo albums on their own. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi



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19. Jimi Hendrix
Thu Feb 23, 2012, 04:46 AM
Feb 2012

Classic instrumental said to have been recorded after a visit to the Nu'uanu Valley (Cool Winds) on the Island of Oahu.

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