Na Lei O Hawai`i (Song of the Islands) – `Ukulele and Slack Key

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Ledward Kaapana has quite a collection of instruments but he has a couple of favorites that he keeps close at hand. One is his 1992 Martin 000-16 and another is his Moore Bettah `Ukulele custom built by Chuck Moore of Hawai`i Island. We decided to do a tribute to Chuck featuring this gorgeous instrument.

Led has been teaching me Charles E. King’s Na Lei O Hawai`i commonly known as Song of the Islands and featured in the 1942 movie of that name. Once we found all the chords in my taropatch F tuned guitar we had plenty of fun with our `ukulele and slack key guitar duet.

Led’s uke is tuned to the normal C6 tuning, with a low G string. My guitar is in taropatch F spelled C F C F A C from low to high.

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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.