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History of the Song "Hawaii Aloha"

The origin and history of the song "Hawaii Aloha" including who wrote the music, who wrote the lyrics, and when and why the song was written.

Origin of the Song "Hawaii Aloha"
The music used for the song "Hawaii Aloha" was taken from Christian hymn entitled "I Left It All With Jesus" which was written in the 1840's by Pennsylvania singer and composer James McGranahan. King Kamehameha IV loved that hymn so much he asked missionary Reverend Lorenzo Lyons to rewrite the words and place the new song in a Hawaiian hymn book. Reverend Lyons had a church for many years in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii and he wrote several other songs. The song "Hawaii Aloha" is also known as "Kuu One Hanau"

"Aloha Hawaii" Was a Candidate for State Song of Hawaii in 1967
In 1967 the Hawaii State Legislature considered making "Aloha Hawaii" the official state song of Hawaii but Hawaii Pono'i was selected instead.

See also:
  • Lyrics to the Song "Hawaii Aloha"
  • My Favorite Recordings of "Hawaii Aloha"
  • More About the Song "Hawaii Aloha"



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