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Posted - 10/05/2003 :  8:00:02 PM  Show Profile

I'm looking for the best source for lyrics and melodies to Hawaiian songs, online or in print. Actually, in print is probably better, as I don't know how popular the songs I'm looking for are. Most of the songs I'm looking for are from recordings I have from the 20's, 30's and 40's. Some songs I'm looking for are "Kalopa," "Lei E," "Aloha Oe" (ought to be pretty easy to find), "Lei Ana Ika Mokihana," and "Hu'I E." I'd take a shot at transcribing them from recordings I have, but I'd rather get the correct spelling, etc., rather than the phonetics I'd come up with.

Also, what's a good Haiwaiian to English dictionary? I would be using it mainly as a reference for lyrics, so I don't need the best, just good for translating. In other words, if I'm going to attempt to sing in Hawaiian, I'd like to have an idea what I'm singing about.

A little more to my ramble: recommended songbooks with any turn of the (last) century songs would be appreciated - especially if they have the melodies.



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Posted - 10/05/2003 :  9:13:46 PM  Show Profile
Here's some stuff that might be helpful:
Books of music & words:
King's Book of Hawaiian Melodies -- Centerbrook Publ, with a funky CD but it does give you the basic melodies.
R. Alex Anderson's "Famous Songs of Hawaii", Hal Leanard
"Favorite Hawaiian Songs" Hal Leonard
"The Complete Hawaiian Music Collection" Warner Brothers
- Authentic Songs from the Romantic Islands -- a series issued by Criterion Music Corp. about 40 songs a book - I think they are out of print but still around in a lot of places.

On Line - nothing better than Huapala Archives for words, some chords appearing. - Includes translations

Pukui & Elbert "Hawaiian Dictionary" still THE one to get.
If you have the extra $20 or so, it's worth getting Lorrin Andrews, "A Dict. of the Haw. Lang." - older book, expands range of meanings to many of the meanings common at the time the old songs were written.

There is also a lot of stuff for Uke out there, but I don't have it in my resources.

Gook luck

San Jose

Edited by - RJS on 10/05/2003 9:14:18 PM
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