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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Hawaiian music

The last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani, write “Aloha 'Oe “ She intended it to be a love song but it has since become a worldwide traditional classic farewell song. English lyrics were added in 1923 as well as an alternate title: "Farewell to Thee."

The steel guitar, was invented in Hawaii in the late 1800s. The inventor was Joseph Kekuku, who made it  by sliding a piece of steel across the strings of a slacked guitar.

The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1900. An important part of the state's musical history, it is the oldest orchestra in the United States west of the Rocky Mountains.

Hawaiian traditional music with English lyrics (hapa haole) was invented around the turn of the 20th century. The following fifteen years saw the integration of Hawaiian music into the broader field of American popular music.

The Hawaiian recording industry began in 1906, when the Victor Talking Machine Company made the first 53 recordings in the state.

A Broadway show called Bird of Paradise introduced Hawaiian music to many Americans in 1912. It became a Broadway hit and the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco followed in 1915; one year later, Hawaiian music sold more recordings than any other style in the country.

The golden age of Hawaiian music was 1930-60, when popular styles were adapted for orchestras and big bands, and Hawaiian performers like Lani McIntire, John Kameaaloha Almeida and Sol Hoopii became mainstream stars.

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