Hanohano Ka Lei Pikake is a simple tune with simple ukulele chords so it’s natural to teach it to beginning students. The problem is singing it like Kealiʻi!
As far as contemporary Hawaiian music goes, Kealiʻi Reichel is a favorite artist of many Hawaiian music lovers. Everything he does is great, live or in the studio – especially this album, Kawaipunahele.
This sheet is not in the key of the recording (Ab) so you can’t really play along. But if you want to learn it, listen to the song on repeat for a couple days until you know how it’s supposed to sound really well.
Then pick up your ukulele and start strumming the chords and humming. Unless you’re competent in the Hawaiian language, definitely don’t try singing the words right away! They are relatively difficult and will taking some studying on their own.
So learn the timing and chord changes while humming and then (and only then) try to add in the words.
Intro: G7//// C//// G7//// C//// C C7 Hanohano ka lei pikake F C Ke ho'olale mai nei G7 He 'i'ini nui ko'u Nau e ho'oko mai F C I laila ko'u mana'o G7 F C E pili aku me 'oe G7 F C I ka poli pumehana D7// G7// C// G7// C C7 Moani mai kou 'ala F C A puia 'o loko G7 'Upu a'e ku'u li'a E honi mau aku F C I ka hanu anuhea G7 F C Poniu au i ke onaona G7 F C I ho'ohihi ai ka mana'o D7// G7// C// G7// C C7 Puana mai ku'u li'a F C Ka 'i'ini o loko G7 He 'i'ini nui ko'u Nau e ho'oko mai F C I laila ko'u mana'o G7 F C E pili aku me 'oe G7 F C I ka poli pumehana D7// G7// C//// D7// G7// C/ G7/ C/