ukulele master Ohta-san performing "Waipio"





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Uploaded on Dec 30, 2008

I love the combination of up-close shots of Ohta-san's hands (showing his technique clearly) and the scenic views of beautiful Waipio Valley on the Big Island (although this song was written about Waipio on O`ahu. : )

Some info about the song (from the huapala website):

Source:King's Hawaiian Melodies - Some credit this mele to George Allen, others to Charles Hopkins, but all agree Mekia Kealakai co-composed this mele. Written for Irene Kahalelauokekoa Holloway, the daughter of John Papa I`i, and the family home at Waipi`o, Ewa, O`ahu. John I`i was an attendent to Kauikeouli, son of Kamehameha Nui who became Kamehameha III. Verse I, stanza 4, Laulani is a place in Waipi`o. Hui, stanza 2, Princess Victoria Kamamalu, sister of Kamehameha IV and Kamehameha V, was the foster child of John I`i. The princess once found shelter beneath a koa tree and John named his daughter Kahalelauokekoa to commemorate this event. Verse 2 stanza 1, pipi and oysters are fish that silence the voice because oyster hunters use hand gestures and do not speak. Speech causes ripples in the water and makes it harder to find oysters. Verse 1 and hui translation from King's Hawaiian Melodies. Verse 2 translated by Mary Pukui. Copyright 1928, 1943, Charles E. King.

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