Remembering Jack Lord

Hawaiian Music


No matter what style of Hawaiian music you like best -- from the romance melodies played on a steel guitar in the 1940s to Bruddah IZ and styles forward -- you'll enjoy these links. 

Before listening, read this history of Hawaiian music, which appeared in Honolulu magazine:

I've tried to list songs in several eras. Not all are represented, of course, and I want to add to the list. If you can help to fill the gap, please contact me at memoriesofhawaiifive0(at) Mahalo!


Hawai'i Pono'i (1874)

Composers: King David Kalakaua, lyrics; Henry Berger, music

Performers: Royal Hawaiian Band

National anthem, Kingdom of Hawai'i; national anthem, Republic of Hawai'i; state song, State of Hawai?i


Aloha Oe  (1878)

Composer: Queen Lili'uokalani

Performer: Rui Akaike


Kaulana Na Pua  (1893)

Composer:  Eleanor Kekoaohiwaikalani Wright Prendergast

Performers: Project Kuleana

Composed for the Royal Hawaiian Band in protest of the violent overthrow of Queen Lili'uokalani and the Kingdom of Hawai'i. A fan on Facebook calls it "the most beautiful protest song ever written." I agree.


Hawai'i Aloha (19th century)

Composers: James McGranahan, music; Lorenzo Lyons, lyrics

Performer: Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

Performer: Playing for Change Collaboration (Mahalo, Jean)

Hawai'i Aloha is sung at the end of Hawaiian gatherings and is an integral part of Hawaiian culture. In fact, it was considered by the state legislature and state constitutional convention to be the state anthem. Hawai'i Pono'i was selected. The composition date is unknown.


Sweet Leilani (1937)

Composer: Harry Owens

Performer: Dennis Pavao

Although composer Harry Owens was a mainlander, he served as the music director at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the mid-1930s. The song was composed for the film Waikiki Wedding (1937) and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow (1939)

Composers: Harold Arlen (music), E. Y. Harburg (lyrics)

Performer: Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

The song was written for the film The Wizard of Oz (1939) and was sung by Dorothy (Judy Garland). Until Bruddah IZ made it popular as a Hawaiian melody, it was considered strictly Hollywood.


Beyond the Reef (1948)

Composer: Jack Pitman

Performer: Alfred Apaka


I?ll Remember You (1964)

Composer: Kuiokalani "Kui" Lee

Performer: Elvis Presley

This recording was made at Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii concert in 1973, at which he introduced Jack, who with Marie, was in the audience. I'll Remember You was performed by Tommy Sands in "No Blue Skies" (Season 1).


Wind Beneath My Wings (1982)

Composers: Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley

Performer: Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole


Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u (ca. 1980)

Composer: Jerry Santos

Performers: Jerry Santos and Olomana


 Aloha Is (date unknown)

 Composers: Jay Larrin (music), Pilahi Paki (lyrics), Moe Keale (vocals)

 Performer: Michael Keale

 From the CD A Part Of You, A Part Of Me by Moe Keale


All Hawai'i Stand Together (date unknown)

Composer: Liko Martin

Performers: Project Kuleana


Nisei (2013)

Composer: Danny Carvalho

Performer: Danny Carvalho