On the weekends, we would sometimes spend the day at Hāpuna beach, away from the ranch in Kamuela, where I spent much of my boyhood. The sea birds at Hāpuna Beach always fascinated me. With my shoulders browned by the sun and feet anchored in the hot sand, I longed for their freedom, their boundless spirit as they skimmed above the waves.

Manu Kai is played solo on the steel string guitar in taro patch tuning. I use my trademark "hammer-on" and "pull-off" ornaments.

Manu Kai means "sea bird" and like a sea bird, this piece dances on the wind. It has a nice tempo and is both fun and challenging to play. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

After you have finished this piece, go on to Kanaka Waiwai.

Keola Beamer

Lesson Resources

Tuning: Taro Patch or G Major Tuning (DGDGBD)

Tablature: PDF of Manu Kai (Sea Bird)

Audio File: M4A Audio of Manu Kai (Sea Bird)

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