Category Archives: Playlists

Hula Kuʻi Songs: A Playlist

Back in 2010, I posted the listening assignments for my class “Music of Hawaiʻi.” It was a list of song titles, artists and album titles, leaving it up to the listener to look up the recordings. Now in this age … Continue reading

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Playlists / Territorial Airwaves with Harry B. Soria, Jr.

This morning I read a fascinating post on the “Hawaii Insider” blog at SFGate, the online home of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Memorable Mele: Your favorite Hawaiian music, part 1” It reminded me of early posts on this blog, when I … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS 478B: Betty Tatar’s “Periods” of Hawaiian Music History

The publication of Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History (edited by George S. Kanahele) in 1979 marked a significant milestone. Under the auspices of the Hawaiian Music Foundation, Dr. Kanahele marshalled the efforts of dozens of authors and contributors … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS478B Fall 2010: Falsetto

Among vocal styles in Hawaiian music, falsetto — leo ki‘eki‘e–occupies a prominent position. Well, all vocal styles in Hawaiian music are important. But like anything else, some vocal styles are more prominent than others, ‘eā? Falsetto singing on its own … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS 478B Fall 2010: Local Songs

Kui Lee, songwriter/beachboy, blazed the path for songwriters in Hawai‘i to express a perspective rooted in Hawai‘i. And that perspective was everything that hapa haole songs were NOT. No romanticizing fantasies. No longing to return to a place away from … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS 478B Fall 2010: Mele Hawai‘i

An early post on this blog introduced the genre of mele Hawai‘i songs. The term “mele Hawai‘i” invites pondering. Does it refer to any Hawaiian song? Mele = “poetic text;” Hawai‘i = Hawai‘i as in the place, or Hawaiian as … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS 478B Fall 2010: HULA

From Ancient to Modern. From kuahu to ʻauana. Here we go! A. HULA PAHU There are many excellent recordings to choose from. The CD Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants (Smithsonian Folkways SF-40015) makes available important historical recordings by chanters Kuluwaimaka, Pua … Continue reading

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Playlist for MUS 478B Fall 2010: Oli

This blog is the perfect place to share the listening assignment playlists that students in my Hawaiian music course at UH-Mānoa. This particular playlist also complements a post “Oli–Five Genres” from November 23, 2009. Oli in kepakepa style 1. “A … Continue reading

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PLAYLIST: Songs of Lena Machado (2)

Lena Machado — he leo ha‘i mai ka lani, he haku mele mai ka na‘au. A voice from the heavens, a composer from within. A towering presence in Hawaiian music. Her mele are a priceless legacy. The lyrics come from … Continue reading

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PLAYLIST: Songs of Lena Machado (introduction)

Lena Machado is one of the towering presences in Hawaiian music over much of the 20th century, of great significance as a vocalist and as a haku mele songwriter. Her recording career began on Decca Records in the 1920s, and … Continue reading

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