Slack Key Celebration of the `Ilima

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

One of my favorite places in Kailua is Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, an area rich in myth and history, a state park preserve, and a vegetation restoration project area. I’ve visited often, even shot a video there some years ago. This time I went to celebrate the `ilima, flower of `Oahu, with a song about the blossom and the children of the island, Na Pua Lei `Ilima.

This song is usually credited to Kaui Zuttermeister, but at the Huapala song collection the original mele is said to have been composed by Abbey Palea.

Pat La`a and I made several attempts to record and video this song but either technical difficulties or performance problems caused me to discard our attempts. When we finally got all the details right I was glad we made the effort to do the song and the place justice.

Kimo Tully has spent countless hours to enhance the experience of Na Pohaku, it was a pleasure to hear his comments on the place and to see the progress he and his volunteers have made.

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    I have recorded a CD called Kaleponi, all solo acoustic slack key instrumentals, mostly traditional pieces, a few originals.


    You an buy a copy of the CD or download the tracks at CD Baby.

    If you prefer, you can download individual tracks or the whole album from iTunes as well.

    The complete liner notes and back cover notes of Kaleponi are available here.