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Gary Aiko - Poina 'Ole 'Ia


Poina 'Ole 'Ia Liner Notes and Samples

Each track on the CD was selected by Gary for a special reason. In the CD liner notes, Gary gives his reasons why each track was chosen for his CD.

Track 1: Poina ’Ole ’Ia (Unforgettable)


"I always loved the song 'Unforgettable' and I asked Hawaiian lnaguage Aunty Malia Craver to translate it from English to Hawaiian. It took her a year to find the right words. Once I sang it for mom, it was the song she most requested from me."

Track 2: Aloha Ka Manini


"An entertainer friend in Hawai’i, Myra English, sang this song. We honor her, and her friendship with my mom, when we sing 'Aloha Ka Manini.'"

Track 3: Bali Hai


"Alfred Apaka sang this on Broadway. It has romance in every word. I am honored when fans say I sound like Alfred. It was hard to do it justice, but I gave it my best shot. If you're going to be compared to someone, it's good to be compared with the best!"

Track 4: Behold Lai’e


"Lovely Lai’e, where I was born. I had to add those words about my birthplace, just for the recording. After singing it with the Royal Hawaiian Band, I wish I could have recorded it with them."

Track 5: E Maliu Mai


"Composed by Aunty Irmgard Farden ’Aluli, I sang this love song with my mom, Auntie Genoa. In honor of my mom, I asked my neice, Pomaika’i Keawe Lyman to sing with me, bringing her own style to the gift of falsetto, passed on from her grandmother."

Track 6: Ho’omalimali


"My uncle Avin Kaleolani Isaacs composed this. It has the sound of the Royal Hawaiian Serenaders built into the upbeat tempo—just plain fun!"

Track 7: Lately


This one is for our mom. She always asked my brother, Eric Keawe, to sing this. So, I asked him too. It is a Stevie Wonder song that really tells a special story."

Track 8: Tiare No Tahiti


"Benny Kalama introduced me to this song. I got to know him and he took a liking to me, so he wrote an arrangement for me. I sing it in Tahitian."

Track 9: Ho’omanawanui


"Randy Oness composed this song. We were jamming at Mihana Souza's house in Kailua, It is just a good fun song and getting to know Randy was good fun, too."

Track 10: Hawai’i's Charm


"Alfred Apaka sang this song, with music written by Harry B. Soria, Sr. and lyrics by Dick Gump. I promised Harry B. Jr. that I would sing it just as it was composed back in 1939."

Track 11: Hawaiian Cowboy


"This song sings to my Spanish heritage, vaquero from Santiago, Mexico. Performing it with the Royal Hawaiian Band, or with Alan Akaka and the Keawe ’Ohana, it helps me remember how much I love to ride horse. Ku’ulei in the choruses are my version."

Track 12: Hawaii Sang Me to Sleep


"I heard this somewhere and knew it was an end of the evening sort of song and sounds a bit like a 1940s movie. It is a sweet lullaby song, all about Hawaii singing you to sleep."