VIDEO: 380 Nahalea Trio’s “Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua”

My cousin posted this video on Facebook, and seeing the song title, I knew I was going to like it. In a lot of Hawaiian music, there are songs dedicated to areas on each island, as a way to describe that place for the songwriter or artist. In many ways, the songs are also an archive of what that place may have represented before. Growing up in Hawai’i in Honolulu, I lived in a few areas so when I hear songs that represent those places, I go back to a very good time in my life. For me, it’s the area of Honolulu known as Pauoa, and when I hear anyone cover this song, it takes me back to the bus stop on Lusitana, waiting for the #6, or going to a corner store.

I have no idea who these guys are, but they’re called 380 Nahalea Trio, and I’ll get more information. But please, whoever you guys are, please go into a studio and record more music. It’s nice to hear true Hawaiian music. Mahalo nui.

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