I really enjoy the variety and vitality of Hawaiian music, both traditional and contemporary. But for many folks, it’s tough to get their tongues in line with pronouncing the Hawaiian words—there are just so many vowels and the words seem to go on forever!
This Hawaiian Language Primer, compiled from a variety of sources (see footnote on first page of the document to access the weblinks), can go a long way in helping you to sound out Hawaiian words more accurately. It provides “just the basics” but I guarantee you’ll feel more comfortable next time you strum and play the line from “Little Grass Shack” where it talks about the humuhumunukunukuapua’a swimming by…
Also, if you’d like to learn some traditional or contemporary Hawaiian songs, it’s tough without knowing the melody. I have several CD/songbook combinations I could suggest if you’re interested.
While I was adding files, I’ve updated the article about “Buying an Ukulele” with more current information.