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Published on May 18, 2009
Old recording from a 'Ukulele meeting in Dortmund/Germany - actually my first time ever to play in front of an audience. I just liked the idea of two haole guys playing and singing "Haole Hula". My oh my - I was soooo nervous! Thanks to WS64 for sending me the video and to MikeVonD for playing and singing with me.
Old Hapa Haole song from the late 20s written by R. Alex Anderson.
Oh when I hear the strains of that sweet Alekoki And stealing from afar of guitar Penei Nô When Lili`u ê makes you sway in the moonlight I know the reason why fair Hawai`i haunts you so
The lovely blue of sky and the sapphire of ocean The flashing white of cloud and of waves foaming crest The many shades of green from the plain to the mountain With all the brightest hues of the rainbow we're blest
I hear the swish of rain as it sweeps down the valley I hear the song of wind as it sighs through the trees I hear the crash of waves on the rocks and the beaches I hear the hissing surf and the boom of the seas
I love to dance and sing of the charms of Hawai`i And from a joyful heart sing Aloha to you In every note I'll tell of the spell of my islands For then I know that you'll be in love with them too
Composed in 1927 for the Don Blanding Show "Hula Moon", performed at the Princess Theater in Honolulu, Anderson's first hit song is still a favorite of hula dancers