1949: Phillip “Gabby Pahinui.” 78rpm (Bell LKS-505 [HI]). Reissued on Hawaiian Masters Collection Vol. 2 (Tantalus TR-1003, p1993 [HI]); The History of Slack Key Guitar (HanaOla HOCD-24000, p1995 [US]), Show Biz Hula (HanaOla HOCD -22000, p1995 [US]); Lei of Stars (HanaOla HOCD-31000, p1998 [US]); Yuki ‘Alani Yamauchi presents The History of Hawaiian Music (Office Sambinha RICE OSR-405, p2001 [JP]); Twilight in Hawaii (Sounds of the World SOW 90203, p2002 [Portugal])
Here is one example of a set of discography citations that follow one particular recording of the song “Hiʻilawe” through its multiple reissues. In 63 years, the song first appears on a 78rpm. It resurfaces when Harry B. Soria curates the Hawaiian Masters series on Tantalus Records. Then when Michael Cord launches his reissuing of the 49th State Records catalog, this one particular recording appears on three different compilations–one curated by George Winston, the other two by Harry B. Soria. Then Yuki ʻAlani Yamauchi issues his historical anthology in Japan, and it is followed by another anthology produced in Portugal. Quite a journey for a humble track by Gabby Pahinui on Bell Records. The citations are listed chronologically so that it is possible to glimpse a historical perspective on this trackʻs reappearances. For the 1949 dating of the Bell recording, I am most grateful for Malcolm Rockwellʻs exhaustive discography work on Hawaiian music.