This is a classic song by John Cruz from his “Acoustic Soul” record. Island Style is one of the first songs I start beginners with when teaching. It’s very simple – just C, F, and G7 (and C7 if you want to get fancy). Strum, sing, and add in a solo if you like and there will be smiles all around.
C G7 C Chorus: F C On the island, we do it island style From the mountain to the ocean, G7 C (C7) from the windward to the leeward side (Repeat) 1st Verse: C F C Mama's in the kitchen cooking dinner real nice G7 C Beef stew on the stove, lomi salmon with the ice F C We eat and drink and we sing all day G7 C Kani ka pila in the old Hawaiian way Chorus> C F C We go grandma`s house on the weekend clean yard `cause G7 C If we no go grandma gotta work hard F C You know my grandma she like the poi real sour G7 C I love my grandma every minute every hour Chorus> Instrumental: Verse then Chorus 1st Verse> Chorus 2x> C From the mountain to the ocean, G7 C from the windward to the leeward side (2x) C/ G7/ C/