Ukulele songbook

I teach a brother and sister at Karate Job; the older brother is one of my special needs students, and his younger sister is quiet and fierce.  Their grandparents moved to Southern California to be close to their grand-kids.  We got to talking one day, and it came out that they are from a  neighborhood close-by to where my dad grew up in Hawai’i.  We chat every time they come in.  Once I brought my ukulele in to practice before class, and the grandfather mentioned that he teaches Hawai’ian guitar, and is looking for students.  Then he took my ukulele and played a little tune.  He said he’d bring me a songbook, and he did.

It’s from the 1950’s, so it’s pretty beat-up and racist in some places, but the songs look simple so I thought I’d share.

Hawaiian War Chant

Honolulu Eyes

Lovely Hula Hands

Hula Rock-a-bye

My Sweetheart

When Hilo Hattie Does the Hilo Hop

The Old Plantation

Little Grass Shack

A Song of Old Hawaii

Hula Lullaby

Native Guitars

Drowsy Waters

King Kamehameha

On the Beach at Waikiki

Pagan Love Song

Dreamy Kalua

I Wonder Where My Hula Girl Has Gone

Across the Sea

Honolulu Moon

I've Found a Little Grass Skirt

For You a Lei

An Old Hawaiian Custom

Aloha Oe

I Want to Learn to Speak Hawaiian

Malihini Mele

My Waikiki Ukulele Girl

Naughty Hula Eyes

Coral Sea

The Beauty Hala

Maori Brown Eyes

Pretty Red Hibiscus

One, Two, Three, Four


2 responses to “Ukulele songbook

  • Alan

    This is very special. I belong to an ukulele club that plays and sings only Hawaiian music. About half the club are Hawaiians so I get a chance to play along with 50 – 60 others as they dance the hula and have a really good time every week. I have copied this off and I’m going to share it with them. I’ll bet that some of them have never heard some of these songs.

  • Herr Rau

    I’ve been playing the ukulele for some time now, but have only recently begun playing some (touristy) Hawaiian songs. And I like old stuff. Thank you for sharing!

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