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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