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BEG-25: Pupu Hinuhinu


My mother Nona Beamer wrote Pupu Hinuhinu in the 1950’s. Since then, it has been sung by generations of mothers as a lullaby. It has been the first hula of generations of hula dancers. No one has counted the number of times it has been played, adapted, and arranged for ukulele, guitar, piano. It has been recorded and re-recorded – simply and in parts, by children’s choruses and by slack key soloists. After Aloha `Oe, it is one of the most recognizable Hawaiian songs around the world.

Nona Beamer teaches Pupu Hinuhinu to Keola Beamer circa 1956

  • Level: Beginnng
  • Tempo: Moderate
  • Tuning: C Wahine or Keola's C
  • Length: 1:13
  • 17 Bars /1 page

Listed below are some of the techniques and concepts covered in this detailed lesson:

  • playing a crescendo
  • RH index finger Strums
  • harmonics
  • having fun and sharing

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Lesson Resources

Tuning: C Wahine "Keola's C" (C-G-D-G-B-E) (jump to lesson)

Tablature: TAB of Pupu Hinuhinu

Lesson Notes PDF: PDF of this lesson to print or save

Audio File: MP4 Pupu Hinuhinu

Background Notes PDF: PDF of this lesson to print or save

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