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.
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