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Five Hapa Haole Music Periods


Five Hapa Haole Music periods


Phase one, imagine the Moana hotel in Waikiki in 1903.  That was the backdrop for the first Hapa Haole song, entitled Waikiki Mermaid, written by Sonny Cunha, a hapa haole himself.  The birth of Hapa Haole music was due to the birth of Hawaii’s visitor industry.  Hapa Haole music became “accessible” to everyone because it had more English lyrics and fewer Hawaiian words.


Move to 1915, phase two, which began when a troupe of Hawaiian entertainers went to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  With exposure to Hawaiian music the demand grew even larger for Hawaiian songs with English words. Music coming out of this period can be called pseudo-Hawaiian and song titles included Ukulele Lady and My Isle of Golden Dreams.


During the third period in the 1930’s romantic songs composed by local musicians far from their Island paradise began.  A period of Hawaiian music sung by Hawaiian troupes on the mainland including Hilo Hattie (Clara Inter) and Harry Owens among others, brought beautiful melodies.  Songs included Lovely Hula Hands, Little Brown Gal and the popular song by Andy Cummins, Waikiki.  This song was written when he was in Missouri and feeling really homesick for his Hawaii.  The Hawaii Calls radio show, hosted by Webley Edwards, began broadcasting nationwide.


Hapa Haole music reaches its apex in the fourth period and enjoyed its greatest success when Hollywood put the music into movies with actors such as Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.  Remember songs like Sweet Leilani?


Currently in the fifth period, post Kui Lee, modern wave, or new wave music is being created to tell the story of Hawaii.  Performers such as Hapa, Keola Beamer and Keali’i Reichel are good examples of our modern Hapa Hoale musicians bringing life to old and new songs with the same soulful feeling of their heartland - Hawaii.


Courtesy of Linda Broadgate, presented by Harry Soria Jr., Territorial Airways