Mobile technology has truly changed the world, especially for music. These days we hold the power to listen to almost any song, anywhere, anytime. Given that, here’s our top picks for songs to make the perfect Hawaiian vacation music mix!
The Hawaiian Vacation Music Soundtrack
These songs are timelessly Hawaii and will definitely have you feeling like you’re in paradise.
Also, it’s really fun to play the original “Hawaii Five-O” theme song as you’re getting off the plane in Hawaii… On speakerphone.
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – On A White Sandy Beach Of Hawaii –
The song name says it all. Just a man and his ukulele singing about the beach. Slow, peaceful, beautiful; this song IS Hawaii.
It’s also helpful for passing the days and you’re counting down until your trip. When you close your eyes and listen to this song you’re pretty much here.
Willie K – You Ku’uipo -
Willie K has always been one of Hawaii’s best guitar players and most popular stars. His blend of tropical sounds from around the world and lyrics romanticizing the beauty of Hawaii gives his music the sound of Aloha.
Another Willie K favorite is the upbeat “Katchi Katchi Music Makawao”.
Duke Kamoku & His Islanders – Hawaii Nei –
This song will have you feeling like you’re sitting on the beach in Waikiki with your feet in the sand back
in the good old days. True embodiment of that old Hawaiian sound.
Kuahiwis – Laupahoehoe Hula -
With a big-band sound and steady rhythm, it’ll be hard not to stand up and dance with the one you love!
If you see performers at a luau
, chances are the evening’s entertainment might sound a little like this song!
Keola Beamer – Kaulana Na Pua –
Keola’s soothing slack key melodies will put you at ease and pairs perfectly with a fresh cocktail and a view of the setting sun.
Hapa – Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai –
A true Hawaiian gem! This song will set the mood for a day spent in the countryside discovering Hawaii’s beauty
beyond the shadows of Waikiki’s highrise hotels.
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – What A Wonderful World -
The cover of the “Wizard of Oz” classic by “Braddah Iz” not only makes you feel like you’ve discovered the beauty of Hawaii, but is perfect for getting through a rainy day in Hawaii.
Ka’au Crater Boys – Surf –
Blending influences to get a catchy and upbeat sound, the Ka’au Crater Boys song “Surf” will have you ready to hit the water!
If you have kids
and want to get them excited, check out “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from the Disney movie “Lilo & Stitch”.
What’s the best way to enjoy Hawaiian vacation music?
When they’re performed live of course! Many Waikiki Hotels
have live local music performances nightly. Make sure to head somewhere where it can be enjoyed with tropical cocktails and a stunning view of the sunset.
Popular venues to catch live Hawaiian music include the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sheraton Waikiki, Aston Waikiki Beach, and the Moana Surfrider.
And you can always ask your hotel concierge when and where there will be Hawaiian music performers at your hotel.
We hope you enjoy these songs!