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Kawika Ukulele Chords & Tab by The Sunday Manoa

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Kawika Ukulele Chords and TabKawika by The Sunday Manoa is, hands down, one of my favorite songs. Peter Moon’s ukulele intro is the stuff of legend and his lead work at the end of the song stands as one of the finest uke solos ever recorded. The pure fire and musical brilliance of the group really shines forth on this track from their 1969 debut album, Guava Jam.

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Dm
||-------------------|---------------|------------------|------------------||
||o----------0-----1-|---1--0-0------|----------0-----1-|---1--0-0--------o||
||o----2-2-2---------|-----------2---|----2-2-2---------|-----------2-----o||
||-------------------|---------------|------------------|------------------||

 Dm                                   C
|---------------|--------------------|----------------|---------7-7-7----|
|----------0--1-|-----1--1-1-0h1p0---|-0----0-0-0-1-3-|--------/8-8-8----|
|----2-2-2------|------------------0-|----------------|------------------|
|---------------|--------------------|----------------|------------------|

 Dm
|---^5-5-5-5-7-8-8s10-|------10--10-10-8-7----|
|---^5----------------|--------------------10-|
|---^5----------------|-----------------------|
|---------------------|-----------------------|

 C
|-7--7h8p7----7h8p7---|--------7-7-7-----|
|----------10-------8-|--------8-8-8-----|
|---------------------|------------------|
|---------------------|------------------|

Dm
Eia no Kawika e, ka heke a‘o na pua e
                A7  C7  F
Ea ea ea, ea ea ea
         Bb F                    C7 F     G7 C7 F
Eia no Kawika ea, ‘o ka heke a‘o na pua
         Bb F                    C7 F     Em/ A7/
Eia no Kawika ea, ‘o ka heke a‘o na pua

Dm
Ka uila ma kahikina e, malamalama Hawai‘i e
                A7  C7  F
Ea ea ea, ea ea ea
               Bb F                C7    F     Em/ A7/
Ka uila ma kahikina ea, malamalama Hawai‘i

Dm
Ku‘i e ka lono Pelekane e, ho‘olohe ke kuini o Palani e

Na wai e ka pua i luna e, no Kapa‘akea he makua e
                A7  C7  F
Ea ea ea, ea ea ea
                Bb F                     C7  F     Em/ A7/
Na wai ka pua i luna ea, ‘o Kapa‘akea he makua

Dm
Ha‘ina ‘ia mai ka puana e, o ka lani Kawika he inoa la
                A7  C7  F
Ea ea ea, ea ea ea
               Bb F                       C7 F     G7 C7 F
Ha‘ina mai ka puana ea, ka lani Kawika he inoa
               Bb F                       C7 F     Em/ A7/
Ha`ina mai ka puana ea, ka lani Kawika he inoa

Outro Solo: Dm C
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