Ku’uleialohapoina’ole Kanakaoluna was born on August 12, 1892 in Honoka’a, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
In school, her teacher, who could not pronounce her Hawaiian name, dubbed the young girl, “Alice”.
As a child, she was raised to sing, and play the slack key and steel guitars.
Moving to Honolulu in 1927, she eventually joined the Honolulu Parks Department, where she would educate generations of keiki.
We lost Auntie Alice on April 27, 1987, at the age of 94. Happily, Hula Records released a solo LP of Alice singing her own compositions in 1974.
Today, we’ll listen to that rare 1974 out-of-print recording from the Territorial Airwaves archives.
This week's playlist:
1- Waipi’o Paka’alana – Alice Namakelua
2- Aloha Ko’olau - Alice Namakelua
3- Mahina Kau Ahiahi - Alice Namakelua
4- Nalo Meli - Alice Namakelua
5- Ka Manu - Alice Namakelua
6- Olohena - Alice Namakelua
7- Waimea Ku’u One Hanau - Alice Namakelua
8- Ka’ahumanu - Alice Namakelua
9- Kamokila - Alice Namakelua
10- Halemanu - Alice Namakelua
Length: 51:53 Released on: 10-24-2014 Artist/Compiled by: Alice Ku'uleialohapoina'ole Namakelua