Haleakalā Hula ʻUkulele Chords by Alice Nāmakelua

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 a great song called Haleakalā Hula that I still play at performances.

This tune is written in a very traditional style with easy chords. Since the progression repeats for every verse, it’s standard to add a Hawaiian vamp in between. Just strum D7, G7, C.

Translation available on Huapala.

Haleakalā
Alice Nāmakelua
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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

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