It’s Aloha Friday again and, in keeping with my plan to learn a new Hawaiian song each week, I present a two-for—My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua Hawi’i and The Hukilau Song. These songs are known as hapa haole songs. Hapa means half and haole means Caucasian. Both songs were staples of the Kodak Hula Show which ran daily at Waikiki Shell from 1937 to 2002. The Kodak Hula Show was were most tourists got their first, and often only, taste of Hawaiian music and hula. It was very different from traditional Hawaiian music and hula, being westernized and Hollywoodized.
Hapa Haole music was a blend of Hawaiian chants and rhythms mixed with ragtime and later blues and jazz. The composer most associated with Hapa Haole music was Johnny Noble who introduced Hawaiian music to the rest of the world. Noble compose My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua Hawai’i in 1933. the other song, The Hukilau Song, was written in 1948 by Jack Owens.
So here they are. Enjoy and Aloha.