Henehene kou ‘aka



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HENEHENE KOU ‘AKA Traditional


(This song connects back to Kamehameha Schools students who would ride the street cars of Honolulu together. On one particular outing in the early 1920ˆs, Pono Beamer was taking his sweetheart, Louise Walker, on the new line along King Street from Farrington High School (near the first Kamehameha campus) to Kakaˆako. Louise had never ridden a street car, so it was a special excursion for the young couple. When the engine started up, she became ha`alulu (shaken)! He put his arm around her to calm her down. She was terribly embarassed by that - especially in front of all the other students - so she jumped up and flounced off the car. Pono reminded her, "Weren't you going with us to have some of my Aunty Mariah's (Mariah Desha Auld) beef stew?" Enticed by the reputation of Aunty Mariah's delicious pipi stew, Louise got back on the trolly. (That stew must have been VERY enticing as, eventually, Louise and Pono married and had several children, among them the renowned Nona Beamer) As they traveled by trolley and walked around the districts of Honolulu, the students began making verses to tell the story. Story from Leilehua Yuen as told by Nona Beamer.)
INTRO 2 VAMPS G7 C7 F
(F) Henehene kou (F7)‘aka Your laughter is so contagious

(Bb) Kou le‘ale‘a (F) paha It’s fun to be with you

(D7) He mea ma‘a mau (G7) ia Always a good time

(C7) For you and (F) I VAMP

(F) Ka‘a uila make(F7)neki The streetcar wheels turn

(Bb) Ho‘oni‘oni kou (F) kino Vibrating your body

(D7) He mea ma‘a mau (G7) ia Always a good time

(C7) For you and (F) I VAMP
(F) I Kaka‘ako ma(F7)kou To Kaka’ako we go

(Bb)‘Ai ana i ka pipi (F) stew Eating beef stew

(D7) He mea ma‘a mau (G7) ia Always a good time

(C7) For you and (F) I VAMP
(F) I Waikiki ma(F7)kou To Waikiki we go

(Bb)‘Au ana i ke (F) kai Swimming in the sea

(D7) He mea ma‘a mau (G7) ia Always a good time

(C7) For you and (F) I VAMP
(F) I Kapahulu ma(F7)kou To Kapalulu we go

(Bb)‘Ai ana i ka li(F)po‘a Eating seaweed

(D7) He mea ma‘a mau (G7) ia Always a good time

(C7) For you and (F) I VAMP
(F) Our eyes have (F7) met

(Bb) Our lips not (F) yet

(D7) But oh, you (G7) sweet thing

(C7) I’m gonna get you (F) yet VAMP

(F) Ha‘ina mai ka pu(F7)ana Tell the refrain

(Bb) Kou le‘ale‘a (F) paha It’s fun to be with you

(D7)He mea ma‘a mau (G7) ia Always a good time

(C7) For you and (F) I VAMP



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