:: Hawaiian Waltz Medley ::
:: Hula Blues ::
:: Ahulili ::
:: Hawaiian Fox Trot Medley ::
The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, which means Tiki drinkin’ season is upon us. Actually, the winter weather doesn’t stop us Southern Californian robot kids from filling our gullets with fruity tropical cocktail goodness, but those Uga Boogas sure tend to be tastier in the heat. For optimum satisfaction, of course, you need the appropriate music, which is why I plucked this record out of the dollar bin a short time ago.
Released on clear red vinyl by Waikiki Records sometime in the late 1950’s, Poolside Music Hawaiiana features twelve Hawaiian favorites played in dance-time by Pua Almeida & his Polynesians. Almeida was a steel guitar player and vocalist who had a residency at Moana Hotel Banyan Court at Waikiki Beach in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, though he’s credited here as band leader, so I’m not sure which songs, if any, feature his voice and steel playing. I’ve become a sucker for Hawaiian steel guitar sounds of late and there are good sounds to be found here. Unfortunately my copy is a bit thrashed, but I was able to salvage some of the songs for your digital listening pleasure. Okole maluna!