Music is one of the best way for people to express themselves personally and to share the cultures from which they come. Since every person in the United States is either an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant, the music in this nation is amazingly diverse. There is one style of music that is uniquely different than other American music while still being very American: music of the Hawaiian Islands. Associated with smooth and calming sounds and using such instruments as the ukulele and the steel guitar, Hawaiian music today is rarely heard by mainlanders but, immediately after World War II and even more after Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959, Hawaiian music became extremely popular in the contiguous 48.
The name George Kainapau may not be well known today, but he definitely made his mark on the genre during his life. Known as the Hawaiian King of Falsetto, his singing career began in the 1920’s – fully three decades before statehood! As recording technology improved, the beauty of George’s voice became more and more appreciated by fans both on the islands and on the mainland. Born in Hil on the Big Island in 1905, Kainapau had a long career, even singing a duet with Bing Crosby on the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” in the movie Waikiki Wedding.The Treasure Tour is glad to display some of Kainapau’s records throughout the tour, including his 1968 album The Golden Voice of Hawaii,including such classics songs as “Ke Kali Nai Au (The Hawaiian Wedding Song),” “Blue Hawaii,” and “Kuu Ipo (My Sweetheart).” If you are unfamiliar with Hawaiian music, Kanaipau is a great man to introduce you to its charm.