“Pahala We Go” is the first track off of Herb Ohta Jr. and Daniel Ho’s new ukulele instrumental album 2 to Three Feet. Here’s a tab for the catchy tune.
Pahala is a little plantation town on the south-east side of Hawaiʻi island. It’s where the Kahumoku Music and Lifestyle Workshop was held for many years. I attended these workshops as a youth and they were really formative for me as a musician and as a person.
Herb Ohta Jr. was a regular instructor there. Daniel Ho came the first year (which I missed). The inspiration for the song was this gathering.
This tab mainly focuses on Herb’s part of the song because Daniel plays his Koaloha D-VI and therefore plays some notes unavailable to 4-string players. I tabbed optional/second-time-around notes in parenthesis to save space and allow for more personalization options.
Tune your ukulele low-GCEA.
The song itself is fairly straightforward, the only things to watch are the octave slides and the G7 walk up in measure 24.
Other Herb Ohta Jr. ukulele tabs: