Haleakalā Hula ʻUkulele Chords by Alice Nāmakelua

Jump to chords

In Hawaiʻi, each island has a host of songs they call their own about places and people. What island you’re from usually impacts your repertoire quite a bit. Here’s one of Maui’s most beloved tunes called “Haleakalā Hula.” This song is about Maui’s highest mountain, Haleakalā, which is 10,023 feet tall.

In the summer of 2012, while I was in the Institute of Hawaiian Music on Maui, my cohort took a Hawaiian music through hula class. We were pretty hopeless dancers for the most part, but we had fun and learned this song which is why I feel a fond connection to it and still play it at performances.

This tune is written in a very traditional verse-verse-verse style with easy chords. This means the chord progression repeats for every verse and all that changes are the words. Each verse speaks of a different piece of Haleakalā’a beauty.

Because of this fairly dry song structure, it’s standard in Hawaiian music to add a Hawaiian vamp in between each verse. Just strum D7 for two beats, G7 for two beats, and C for two beats. This helps break the song into chunks and differentiate the parts.

Translation available on Huapala.

Haleakalā
Alice Nāmakelua
PDF Download
C                F      C
Kuahiwi nani ʻoe Haleakalā
        G7              C
Kaulana hoʻi ʻoe kū kilakila

C             F     C
ʻO Makawao ia ua kaulana
        G7             C
I kāohi ia iho o ka lāʻau

C                F     C
He ʻūkiu e ka ua o ka ʻāina
        G7               C
Me ka makani aheahe ʻoluʻolu

C            F        C
E aho no ʻoe a e komo mai
        G7                C
A e hoʻolaʻi ka malu o ke ao

C           F         C
Puana ka inoa i lohe ʻia
        G7              C
Kuahiwi nani ʻoe Haleakalā

Learn more! Play Better!

Check out my ebooks on chords and technique! Learn essential tricks and how to play more confidently with some of the very best uke resources available.

Browse my ebooks!

Brad Bordessa
brad bordessa smiling holding ukulele

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, 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 jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me