1996 Honolulu Advertiser poll “Hawaiʻi Sing Along”

Honolulu Advertiser reporters Wanda Adams and Will Hoover wanted to know what songs every Hawai‘i resident should know in order to take part in kani ka pila singalongs. This survey was conducted informally. It is not scientific. Yet there is a lot we can learn from this.

Although Adams and Hoover did produce one Top Ten list, they also compiled four additional lists to reflect the clustering that was going on within the range of responses they received. Thus the article makes a good point that no one list is going to be sufficient to cover all bases. The “Baby Boomer” list in the fourth column is an example of what could happen if your survey sample is unevenly weighted with baby boomers who still groove to those 1970s hits. The “Hapa Haole Hawai‘i” list reflects the fact that these songs are favorites in hula beginner classes, and thus they have “stickaround” power.

“Hawai’i, sing along,” by Wanda A. Adams and Will Hoover. Honolulu Advertiser April 29, 1996, B-1

Hawai’i sing along (10 songs we should all know.) Also-Ran Hawai’i Top 10 (Songs that kept coming back because, darn it, we love ’em.) Alternative Hawai’i Top 10 (Songs too weird to make the “real” list.) Baby Boomer Hawai’i Top 10 (Songs that, if you’re of a certain age, tend to make you misty.) Hapa Haole Hawai’i Top 10 (Or songs I learned in my first hula class.)
Aloha Oe Kaulana Na Pua Meestah Sun Cho Lee Honolulu City Lights Hukilau
Hawai’i Pono’i Kanaka Waiwai Fate Yanagi Waimanalo Blues Lovely Hula Hands
Hawai’i Aloha Sassy Little Mynah Bird Glenn Miyashiro Lahainaluna My Little Grass Shack
Pupu Hinuhinu Hawaiian Wedding Song It’s Aloha Friday Ku’u Home o Kahalu’u Sweet Leilani
Pupu o ‘Ewa All Hawai’i Stand Together Pidgin 12 Days of Christmas I’ll Remember You Sweet Singing Bamboo
Mele Kalikimaka Manuela Boy Puka Pants Sweet Someone Beyond the Reef
Nanakuli (O Ka Leo) Uluwehi o ke Kai Hasegawa General Store One Paddle, Two Paddle Maui Girl
Aloha Kakahiaka Kaimana Hila Poi My Boy Honolulu, I Am Coming Back Again For You a Lei
May Day is Lei Day Waikiki U.S.E.D. E Ku’u Lei / Lei Makamae Cock-Eyed Mayor of Kaunakakai
Alu Like Nanakuli (O Ka Leo) What?! Lucille? You Goin’ Leave Me Now? Friends Hawaiian Hospitality
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