Kalala Maleka Haili was educated and trained to be a school teacher.
In 1935, she started moonlighting at Waialae Country Club.
She began singing and dancing Don McDiarmid’s song, “When Hilo Hattie Does The Hilo Hop”.
Soon Harry Owens discovered her, and she was making records and appearing in films.
She even legally changed her name to “Hilo Hattie”.
And today, nearly 30+ years after her passing, her name is immortalized by a Hawaii garment retailer.
Today, we’ll listen to some of our favorite selections from the recorded legacy of Hilo Hattie.
This week's playlist:
1- Pidgin English Hula – Kalala Haili w/ Royal Hawaiian Girls Glee Club
2- That Girl From Hawaii - Kalala Haili w/ Royal Hawaiian Girls Glee Club
3- Manuela Boy - Kalala Haili w/ Royal Hawaiian Girls Glee Club
4- When Hilo Hattie Does The Hilo Hop – Kalala Haili w/ RHGGC
5- When Hilo Hattie Does The Hilo Hop – Hilo Hattie w/ Harry Owens
6- Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai – Hilo Hattie w/ Harry Owens
7- Princess Pupule – Hilo Hattie w/ Harry Owens
8- A Tisket, A Tasket, A Puka Lauhala Basket – Clara Inter w/ Andy Cummings
9- Moon Don’t Make A Monkey Out Of Me – Hilo Hattie w/ Al Kealoha Perry
10- King Kamehameha – Hilo Hattie w/ Al Kealoha Perry
11- South Sea Sadie – Hilo Hattie w/ the VillageMen
Length: 53:20 Released on: 09-20-2013 Artist/Compiled by: Kalala Maleka Haili