E āwaiaulu i ke aloha (a love securely bound) is the subject of this popular mele hoʻoipoipo (love song) attributed to Lala Mahelona and George Kalelohi, Sr.

Often played at weddings, the song is popular with slack key guitarists. Gabby Pahinui recorded it with Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaiʻi on "The Folk Music Of Hawaii" (Panini 1001), Sonny Chillingworth recorded it on "Sonny Solo" (Dancing Cat 38005), and Led Kaʻapana recorded it with Hui 'Ohana on "Ono" (Poki 9010) and with the Hoʻopiʻi Brothers on "Aloha From Maui" (Mountain Apple 2053).

This gentle yet subtly powerful performance in F Wahine Tuning includes an original bridge I added, which is one of my trademarks and fortes. I can't keep from wandering off sometimes. Our family has always encouraged that. We say that some melodies go off looking for a place where they can be free, and when that happens you just have to follow where they lead you.

After you have finished this piece, go on to Ka Makani ʻUlaʻula.

Keola Beamer

Lesson Resources

Tuning: F Wahine or Leonard’s F, capoed up four frets to A flat

Tablature: PDF for Wai Ulu

Audio File: M4A Audio Wai Ulu

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