A `Oia – Slack Key Style

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The first time I saw Kimo Hussey perform was at the ampitheatre space at Ward Warehouse in Honolulu, where he conducted a kanikapila based on the He Mele Aloha songbook. I was just beginning my exposure to Hawaiian music and I still remember his wonderful performance of his jazzy `ukulele instrumental of A `Oia. It turned out that Kimo had been part of the team that published He Mele Aloha and John Almeida’s A `Oia was the very first song in the book. I remember gazing at the parade of chords that accompanied the song and feeling sure that I would never find them all on the slack key guitar.

But things have a way of changing, progressing even, and I managed to piece together a note here, a chord there over the years. So when my buddy Marie Espaniola began singing A `Oia when we jammed together I managed to pull together an accompaniment and even a pa`ani here and there. When I started looking around for a song to do in front of my new music camera this is the one that popped into my head.

So here it is, a slack key version of A `Oia just as it was captured on my latest camera gadget, the Sony HDR-MV1 music camera:

If you’re interested in more details about the camera, please pay a visit to my Homebrewed Music blog where I’ve done a feature comparison and clip comparison to another music camera, the Zoom Q4.

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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.