It is said that Uncle Johnny Almeida wrote this great song, possibly after hearing a Niʻihau spiritual on Kauaʻi that inspired him. I remember Uncle Johnny coming over to our house and singing it to my mom when I was a boy. Uncle Johnny was a unique soul and wrote some really great music that later became classics of Hawaiian music.

There are a lot of bar chords here, so make sure your bar technique is up to speed before you dig into this one. If your bar technique needs improvement, donʻt despair. Spend fifteen minutes a day working on bar technique exercises and youʻll get there sooner than you think.

After you have finished this piece, go on to Shaka Slack Key.

Keola Beamer

Lesson Resources

Tuning: F Wahine or Leonard's F (C-F-C-G-C-E)

Tablature: PDF of Kanaka Waiwai

Lyrics: PDF lyrics for Kanaka Waiwai

Audio File: M4A Audio of Kanaka Waiwai

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