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INT-22: Papa’s ʻOkolehao


Introduction

Papa's ʻOkolehao is a piece I've written in memory of my grandfather - Francis Kealiʻinohopono Beamer. Papa Beamer was a rancher and wonderful musician. In his younger years my grandfather would occasionally enjoy a drink of "ʻokolehao" a common beverage in those days, made of fermented pineapple juice. If you brewed it right, it could pack quite a wallop! My grandfather remembered that his father had an old rocking chair with a small wooden cask strapped to the bottom. The cask was draped with an old blanket. The blanket was needed so that when he rocked his chair, he'd gently stir the brew, somewhat surreptitiously, so his very Christian wife would not notice!

I tried this drink once with my friends in high school and we almost got caught! Yikes!

This piece has a nice flow to it and it is from one of my CD's for Dancing Cat Records entitled, "Soliloquy - Ka Leo O Loko".