Sun, 15 July 2007
The folks over at taropatch.net had been talking about this song and the fact that numerous Hawaiian songs utilize different melodies and chord structures but the same lyrics. ("Hi`ilawe" and "Kaimana Hila" come to mind among the many songs that have at least two different melodies.) It can be very confusing!
I was able to identify recordings of "Na Moku `Eha" employing as many as three different melodies and chord structures. So I very quickly threw together a montage of different versions of "Na Moku `Eha" so that all three different versions could be heard side-by-side.
The first version is performed by Kalama's Quartet, Alfred Apaka, Pat Ka`anoi, and the Sunday Manoa.
The second version is performed by Braddah Smitty, the Peter Moon Band, and George Helm.
And the third version is performed by Benny Kalama.
I hope this helps... Enjoy!