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    He Mele Aloha: A Hawaiian Songbook - English Version

    Due to the nature of the agreement with the vendor, this product can not be returned or exchanged.

    This He Mele Aloha: A Hawaiian Songbook - English Version from Oli Oli Productions is available at Pop-Up Mākeke and is a collection of over 260 songs, listed alphabetically, about 40 of which are hapa-haole songs. It is intended to encourage the tradition of kanikapila. The emphasis is on accurate Hawaiian lyrics and translation.

    There is simple chording and fingering for the ukulele shown for each song, while the lyrics are large for easy reading and published in a workbook format with large print and room to make notes. The English translations favor a less-than-literal approach as the translator tried to capture not only the specifics of the language but the essence of the song. 

    Existing translations were edited in order to provide a level of consistency and were sometimes adjusted to reflect a more recent understanding of the poetry. When translations were not available, they were written anew.

    The word kanikapila, literally "play music,"; has come to mean gathering together informally to sing and play. It was not so long ago that kanikapila was part of our daily lives in Hawai i. Over the last generation, music has moved from the garage party to the concert stage. It has become something to listen to rather than participate in. There is a sense today that singing is reserved for those who are really "good" at it. Still, many people yearn to kanikapila.

    Melody and phrasing are not provided, which means you must know the song to sing it. Most of the songs have been recorded, and one purpose of this book is to encourage the support of Hawai'i's composers and entertainers.


    • Includes over 260 songs are listed alphabetically
    • Large Print, Easy to Read
    • Room to make notes
    • Note: English Version