Cool Down Ukulele Chords by Kolohe Kai

Kolohe Kai is one of those bands that is so catchy it’s annoying. Everything they release is hooky and an instant hit on Hawaiʻi’s radio stations.

This means lots of young uke players flock to their songs.

Cool Down is one of Kolohe Kai’s biggest hits (and one of their most catchy songs). I’ve been asked to teach it several times so I made up a chart.

Following a traditional Jawaiian chord progression, this song is only two chords. But they can be tricky if you’re not used to holding Bb or Cm. If these chords are still new to you, take this as an opportunity to work on changing between them.

cooldownCool Down
Kolohe Kai
This Is The Life
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Intro: Bb Cm

Bb
It's another fiery afternoon (so hot, so hot)

Hotter than the month of June
                Cm
So we should go beach now (cool down)

Cool down where the water's right
     Bb
Lets grab our boards and run, run, run, run

Run to the nearest shore
Cm
School is pau, lets go now

And hele out the door

Chorus x2:
Bb
The waves is on fire, the day is getting hot

This is my desire, the one to hit the spot
      Cm
Yeah... Cool down

Bb
The water's looking nice and blue (so blue, so blue)

Bluer than the clearest sky
                  Cm
And the waves are firin' getting higher

Better even as we speak yeah...
Bb
Don't you melt the sun, sun, sun,

Sun is hotter than ever before
Cm
So lets ride, ride

Surf and ride some more

Chorus>

Solo: Bb Cm

Rap: (Bb Cm)
All you divers well go and get your gear
And all you riders well now surf with no more fear
‘Cause it's a hot day, everybody
shoulda go, shoulda go, shoulda go and cool off yeah
All you paddlers well a go and get your crew
And everybody else you know what to do
Go grab your 'ohana it's so nice outside
We're living in Hawai'i with Aloha and pride yeah

Chorus>

Brad Bordessa
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I’m an ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, where I run this site from an off-grid cabin in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me