Lets just be honest here.
All too often, mainlanders who've taken up the
ukulele have little working knowledge of Hawaiian musical traditions.
I know this is a blanket statement and some of you might balk at just a generalization.
But....in my 20 years of riding the ukulele wave, traversing America's highways
and byways, upwards of 40,000 miles a year
Here's what i conclude....
There are many on the mainland who regularly visit Hawaii,
and many who are from Hawaii, as well as some who simply love Hawaiian music
and in doing their homework, have gone much deeper then Jake, Ohta and Iz.
But the sad reality is that unless you're a member of the Santa Cruz Ukulele or
some coastal area that attracts touring Hawaiian artists, chances are you're
scratching your head wondering where to begin, whence seeking out Hawaiian
music in all its breadth and glory.
That's why i am sharing this link to a fabulous list of 50 of the greatest Hawaiian songs
of all time.
Here's an awesome reference from Honolulu Magazine, to help you get started.
I would urge you to read the article, but do your homework along the way.
That is, if you are unfamiliar with any of the songs mentioned, go to You Tube
and see if you can find some nice versions these.