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1. Makee ‘Ailana: sung by Darlene Ahuna, words by James K. ‘I’i . This beautiful song, sung so wonderfully by Darlene Ahuna on her "All the Best of" CD, celebrates an island named for James McKee, a Massachusetts sea captain. The island was in a pond near the current entrance to the Honolulu Zoo. This is one of my all-time favorite songs and Darlene sings it sooooooooo beautifully. 

2. Nani Kaua’i and Aloha Ka Manini: sung by Maunalua, on their "Kuleana" CD. Melody by Lot Kuawe and Lizzie Alohikea. Not sure of the specific stories behind these two, but I love the effect of the medley.

3. Ku Kuna O Ka La: sung by Kamakele "Bulla" Ka’iliwai, on his "Na Hulukupuna" CD. Written by Rosalie Flores and Johnny Noble. A beautiful song about Kukuna O Ka La flower that grows in brackish water near the shore and provides beautiful flowers for lei making.

4. Koamalu: sung by "Kupaoa," a duo consisting of Kellen Paik and Lihau Hannahs, from their "pili O Ke Ao" CD. This song celebrates a family get-away in the highlands of Kaua’i's Koke mountains.

5. Kualana Na Pua: sung by the Makaha Sons & Friends, on their "na pua o hawai’i" CD. This beautiful, traditional song is an anthem of sovereignty written by Ellen Prendergast in 1893 to oppose the United States’ annexation of Hawai’i.

6. Aloha ‘Oe: sung by Carmen U’ilani Haugen on her (and her husband Keith’s) "A Lifetime of Hawaiian Music" CD. Words by Queen Lili’Uokalani, music by Charles Converse. I believe this to be the most beautiful song ever written, period.

7. Nani Manoa ("Beautiful Manoa"): sung by Ho’okena on their :Ho’okamaha’o" CD. Words and melody by Kimo Alama Keaulana. The author wrote this song in 1971 as a teenager while cleaning the house one day. Incredible!

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