sheet music in this book are traditional Hawaiian. They are
enjoyed at island gatherings. Some are hula songs. "Koni
Au I Ka Wai" is a party song and "Ke Aloha O Ka
Haku" is a prayer. These two songs were written by Hawaiian
Alii (Royalty). Music was and still is a very important part
of Hawaiian life. The earliest Hawaiian music was known to
be chants. This was an oral tradition.
songs are played in a relaxed manner. Rhythm is not always
strict and notes may be held according to feeling. Some singers
will add their own verses.
are 15 songs. Numbers 1-15 are arranged for large folk harps
tuned to E flat with a full set of levers. (Pedal harpists
Numbers 16-30 are the same songs in alphabetical order and
are arranged for small harps tuned in C.
playable without levers, and some arrangements require levers
on F and G.
are chords for ukulele, guitar and harp accompaniment. Words
for vocalists are also included. "Kani ka pila!"
The following arrangements are included in this book
and accompanying CD:
Mama E, Paahana, Papalina Lahilahi, Noenoe Uakea O Hana, Beautiful
Kahana, Kona Hema O Ka Lani, E Huli Makou, Hawaii Aloha, Sanoe,
Maui No Ka Oi, Ke Aloha O Ka Haku, Koni Au I Ka Wai, Halialaulani
or Hiilawe, Akahi Hoi, and Maunawili.