Haole Hula - Words & music by R. Alex Anderson

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Oh when I hear the strains of that sweet Alekoki
And stealing from afar of guitar penei nō
When Liliʻu ē makes you sway in the moonlight
I know the reason why fair Hawaiʻi haunts you so

The lovely blue of sky and the sapphire of ocean
The flashing white of clouds and of waves foaming crest
The many shades of green from the plain to the mountain
With all the brightest hues of the rainbow we're blest

I hear the swish of rain as it sweeps down the valley
I hear the song of wind as it sighs through the trees
I hear the crash of waves on the rocks and the beaches
I hear the hissing surf and the boom of the seas

I love to dance and sing of the charms of Hawaiʻi
And from a joyful heart sing "Aloha" to you
In every note I'll tell of the spell of my islands
For then I know that you'll be in love with them too



R. Alex Anderson




Source: R. Alex Anderson's Famous Songs of Hawaiʻi © 1928, renewed 1956 Alex Anderson Music, Inc. - Composed in 1927 for the Don Blanding Show "Hula Moon" performed at the Princess Theater in Honolulu. Anderson's first hit song is still a favorite of hula dancers. Music clip by Gippy Cooke