SONGS OF THE ALOHA STATE
OFFICIAL OR NOT, THEY'RE ALL ANTHEMS
The Less You Hear Them, The More "Official" They Are
National anthems tend to be big, clunky, unsingable dirges. The official Hawaii State Anthem, "Hawaii Pono," is a good example. People tend to find their own anthems, and take them to heart. They are always uplifting, sometimes sad, but definitely singable. You'll know them by the tears in the singers' eyes, and the sincerely bad, heartfelt singing. That's how a song should be sung, always: With tears in your eyes and a smile on your lips.
It may only be through music that we are ever able to express the ineffable effing sadness and unbearable ball-breaking beauty of life. Like a song, our lives seem to pass away into nothingness as if they had never happened, leaving only the memory of a feeling in the hearts of those we leave behind. When it is an entire culture that passes away, a great and terribly beautiful anthem is required. The songs posted below are possibilities.
If nothing else survives of Hawaiian culture, there will always be the music to remind us of what we have lost.
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YOUTUBE: HAWAII ALOHA ACADEMY
The official State Anthem of Hawaii.
YOUTUBE: ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWIOLE
"Bruddah IZ ~ Hawai'i Aloha"
The people's State anthem.
YOUTUBE: MEL AMINA
"Maui Hawaiian Suppa Man"
A song to the god Maui, the Trickster.
YOUTUBE: AMY HANAIALII GILLIOM
"Amy Hanaiali`i - Aloha `Oe"
A song written by the last Hawaiian Queen, saying goodbye.
"Ku'u Lei Awapuhi By HAPA"
My own nomination for a Local National Anthem.
YOUTUBE: HULA HALAU O KAMUELA
"Merrie Monarch 2003 - Hula Halau O Kamuela - Wahine Kahiko"
It wouldn't be Hawaiian without a hula.
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