Category Archives: Take 5

Take 5: Noho Paipai

Hello Dear Readers! Iʻm working on the song “Noho Paipai.” Itʻs one of the songs in my critical edition project. The lyrics were published in 1946 in a collection of John Almeidaʻs songs, with translations by Mary Kawena Pukui. Among … Continue reading

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Take 5: Ka Ipo Lei Manu

Hello Dear Readers! I have “Ka Ipo Lei Manu” on my mind a lot these days. It is one of the songs to be included in a book project that has been many moons in the making. (Long story for … Continue reading

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Take 5: “Ua Like No A Like”

So Iʻm looking at some of the “tune itineraries”–chronological discographies of individual songs that illustrate a songʻs journeys. Here are a few nuggets from  the itinerary for “Ua Like No A Like” by Alice Everett. 1. Earliest publication of sheet music? … Continue reading

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Take 5: Hawaiian War Chant

Not your grandmaʻs Hawaiian War Chant. Not mine, either. But theyʻre out there. A search on YouTube on “Hawaiian War Chant” will yield entire playlists of the song in various historical and contemporary performances. The vast majority are mainland-produced recordings … Continue reading

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Take 5: Hawaiian War Chant / Kāua i ka Huahua’i

Actually 1 Take today. But more to follow. Here are several facts. “Kāua i ka Huahua’i” is understood to be a love song by Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku. The earliest known printed version of the songʻs lyrics is in the book … Continue reading

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Take 5: “Kaulana Nā Pua”

Aloha Dear Readers! Iʻm launching a new feature here, inspired by the “Take Five: A Weekly Jazz Sampler” feature on NPR Musicʻs jazz blog, A Blog Supreme. “Get to know jazz, five songs at a time.” My spin here is–get … Continue reading

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