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E Huli Mākou ʻUkulele Chords by David Chung

E Huli Mākou is a standard of simple Hawaiian music no matter where you go. For fresh hula dancers, the moves are simple. For beginning ʻukulele players, the chords are easy.

Pair this with a repeating word pattern that’s easy for non-Hawaiian speakers to understand and you’ve got a guaranteed hit.

The words translate along the lines of (my very rough interpretation):

Turn, let’s turn, turn, let’s turn
Your eyes, your hands, and your body, tra-la-la
Love me

Forward, let’s go forward, back, let’s go backward
Your eyes, your hands, and your body, tra-la-la
Love me

Turn, turn towards me, turn, turn towards me
Your eyes, your hands, and your body, tra-la-la
Love me

This whole entire song is built on a Hawaiian vamp in the key of F so make sure you know it: G7// C7// F////.

Use the vamp progression between each verse to break up the singing. Notice how once you hit the G7 in the verse, the remainder of the section is a slowed down vamp.

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E Huli Mākou
David Chung
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F                     G7
E huli, e huli mākou, e huli, e huli mākou
    C7
Kou maka, kou lima me kou kino e
         F
Ke aloha mai

F                   G7
I mua, i mua mākou, i hope, i hope mākou
    C7
Kou maka, kou lima me kou kino e
         F
Ke aloha mai

F                        G7
E huli, e huli hoʻi mai, e huli, e huli hoʻi mai
    C7
Kou maka, kou lima me kou kino e
         F
Ke aloha mai

Brad Bordessa

I'm an 'ukulele artist from Honoka'a, Hawai'i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I've taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me