Hawai’i ’78

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Hawai’i ’78

A haunting and beautiful song grieving the losses of the indigenous people, spirit and land of Hawai’i in the face of modern civilization. Wholehearted Chorus sings this in the spirit of love and protection for indigenous lands, species, cultures everywhere.  This song is sung with ukelele, as was made famous in the version byIsrael Kamakawiwo’ole. Learn more about this song at www.hawaii78.com.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Mickey Ioane, Clayton Kua, Abe Keala and Kawika Crowley. Arranged for Wholehearted Chorus by Lisa G. Littlebird.


Ukelele on the recording by Jay Burriss, vocals by Lisa G. Littlebird.

Inspiration Track


Ua mau
ke ea o ka aina
i ka pono
o Hawai’i

Cry for the gods,
Cry for the people,
Cry for the land that was taken away
And then yet you’ll find, Hawai’i


The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

1 Comment
  • Lulu Flanagan
    Posted at 16:55h, 21 January Reply

    So moving! Brought tears to my eyes…..

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