Royal Hawaiian Hotel (The Pink Palace of the Pacific) | Hawaiian Music by Ukulele Mele - lanikai-beach.net

Fong & her husband Richard Tom – The Hawaiian Serenaders – sing and play Royal Hawaiian Hotel on ‘ukulele and u-bass over photos about the hotel dubbed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” Plus, Rich tells the translation and plays a u-bass solo (words below). #playuke #ukulelemusic #Hawaiianmusic

Mele’s arrangement of Royal Hawaiian Hotel is in F with I Wanna Chuck Strum for ‘ukulele. Lyrics and translation source He Mele Aloha Songbook by Carol Wilcox, Oli Oli Productions, 2003.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel was written by Mary Pulaa Robins for the opening of the hotel on February 1, 1927. The song tells of its luxury accommodations and beauty located along the beach at Waikiki. Known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” due to its rose-colored exterior and Spanish-Moorish architecture, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel served as the island playground for the word’s rich and famous. Renovated in 2009, the hotel retains its elegant details of the past as it remains Hawaiian.

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1. Uluwehiwehi oe i kau ike la You are glorious in my sight
E ka Royal Hawaiian Hotel Oh, Royal Hawaiian Hotel
A he nani la, hulali nei Lovely, sparkling there
A he nani maoli no. (repeat verse) Truly a thing of beauty.

2. Ka moena weleweka moe ka ua la The beds are velvet, let us lie down
He pakiki he pahee mai kai nei So smooth and slipperty
A he nani la, hulali nei Lovely, sparkling there
A he nani maoli no. (repeat verse) Truly a thing of beauty.

3. Ka paia mapala omaomao la The walls are green marble
He pipio mau e anuenue The rainbow arches above
A he nani la, hulali nei Lovely, sparkling there
A he nani maoli no. (repeat verse) Truly a thing of beauty.

4. O ka hone a kai i ka puu one la The sea murmurs on the sand
Me ala lipoa e moani nei And the scent of lipoa is carried in
A he nani la, hulali nei Lovely, sparkling there
A he nani maoli no. (repeat verse) Truly a thing of beauty.

(instrumental u-bass solo one verse)

5. E o e ka Royal Hawaiian Hotel We laud you, Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Kou inoa hanohano ia la Your name is a grand one
A he nani la, hulali nei Lovely, sparkling there
A he nani maoli no. (repeat verse) Truly a thing of beauty.

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