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Hawaiian Memories

This collection covers the years from 1928 to 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the 1930s, travel to this sparsely populated destination was by steamship, a form of travel for the affluent—especially during those depression years. Only a handful of hotels graced Waikiki at the time, among them the luxurious Royal Hawaiian Hotel. This hotel called, "The Pink Palace," dominated a barren landscape. Today it is virtually lost in the shadow of surrounding high rises.

In 1934 Harry Owens, a young Nebraskan, became the resident bandleader at the Royal Hawaiian. During his tenure there he achieved great fame for his polished arrangements as well as a composer of many hits, including Hawaiian Paradise and Sweet Leilani which earned him an Oscar in 1938.

Travel to the islands was not required to enjoy live Hawaiian music. Eddie Bush was a native of Los Angeles. Others like Sol Hoopi, and Andy Iona left Hawaii for more lucrative work in Hollywood in nightclubs and movie studios. Dick and Lani McIntire also performed in The States. Lani wrote the touching ballad The One Rose which he sings here with the Dick McIntire group. Also on the mainland was Ray Kinney an appealing tenor who can be heard on several recordings including To You Sweetheart, Aloha, another Harry Owens' hit.
  Track Song Title Artist Date Time
1 Blue Hawaii Bing Crosby 1937 3:06
2 Malihini Mele South Sea Islanders 1934 2:53
3 My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii Eddie Bush`s Biltmore Trio 1934 3:16
4 I`ve Been Dreaming Of A Little Girl Like You Johnny Noble`s Hawaiians 1928 3:18
5 Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant) Andy Iona 1934 2:39
6 Along The Way To Waikiki Harry Owens 1938 2:35
7 Dusky Polynesian Ray Kinney 1936 2:52
8 Hilo Hattie Does The Hilo Hop Clara Inter (Hilo Hattie) 1937 2:58
9 It Happened In Kaloha Harry Owens 1940 2:48
10 Hano Hano Hanalei Mike Hanapi 1932 2:48
11 Sweet Leilani Dick McIntire`s Harmony Hawaiians 1936 2:51
12 Kaneohe Hula Ray Kinney 1940 2:42
13 I Wonder Where My Little Hula Girl Has Gone Sol K. Bright 1939 3:01
14 On The Beach At Waikiki Moana Serenaders 1934 2:45
15 Tomi Tomi Harry Owens 1938 2:14
16 Aloha Ia No O Maui (The Island Of Maui Hula) Tony Martin 1938 2:38
17 Lovely Hula Hands Ray Kinney 1940 2:54
18 Hawaiian Smiles Waikiki Swingsters 1937 2:48
19 Maui Girl Andy Iona 1936 2:53
20 The One Rose (That`s Left In My Heart) Dick McIntire 1936 3:06
21 In Waikiki Frances Langford With Dick McIntire 1941 2:28
22 My Hula Lady Ray Kinney With Dick McIntire 1935 2:53
23 Honey, Let`s Go For Broke (Pau Pilika) Harry Owens 1938 1:59
24 I Like You Sol Hoopi 1933 3:09
25 Hawaiian Paradise Andy Iona 1935 2:59
26 Analani E Ray Kinney 1940 2:30
27 Hilo March Dick McIntire 1939 2:24
28 Ukulele Lady Clara Inter (Hilo Hattie) 1940 2:40
29 Ke Kali Nei Au (Waiting For Thee) Ray Kinney 1939 2:57
30 Hula Girl Sol Hoopi 1933 3:03
31 Song Of The Islands (Na Lei O Hawaii) Harry Owen 1938 3:03
32 To You Sweetheart, Aloha Ray Kinney 1937 2:53
33 Dreamy Hawaiian Moon Harry Owens 1938 3:05
34 On A Cocoanut Island Louis Armstrong 1936 3:08
35 King Kamehameha Sol Hoopi 1934 3:02
36 Tropic Trade Winds Sol K. Bright 1939 2:46
37 Hula Breeze Harry Owens 1938 2:50
38 Little Brown Gal Ray Kinney 1935 2:40
39 Ebb Tide Sam Koki 1937 2:45
40 Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee) Harry Owens 1938 3:07
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