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INT-26 Ka Makani Oluʻolu

Ka Makani is Hawaiian for the wind. In the old days in Hawai'i, the wind was not just the wind. When Laʻamaomao (the keeper of winds) brings wind to the district of Kohala, on the Big Island, if is called the ʻApaʻapaʻa, a gusty breeze, coming in spurts, raising spirals of dust. There are also names for the general qualities of the wind in Hawaii. Moani Ke ʻAla is a soft, fragrance bearing wind, whereas the Malanai is a gentle, wafting breeze.

I wrote this song for the wind that blew through the back yard of my home in Alewa Heights when I was young. Oluʻolu means pleasing, refreshing, or kind.

To make this piece work, youʻll need the smooth execution of the RH Free Stroke and the understanding of the phrasing of the piece. Youʻll also need a solid feel for the very useful Double Slack Tuning. It would be a good idea just to fool around with the tuning a bit, before diving in to the tablature. It really has an interesting tonal palette.

Keola Beamer

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Tempo: Moderate
  • Tuning: Double Slack
  • Length: 2:12
  • 4 pages

Lesson Resources

Tuning: Audio for Double Slack Tuning (DGDF#BD)

Tablature: PDF of Ka Makani Oluʻolu TAB

Audio File: M4A Audio of Ka Makani Oluʻolu

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

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