This is a love ballad supposedly written in 1860 by Prince William Pitt Leleiōhoku (1854-1877), the brother of Queen Liliuokalani who was the composer of "Aloha Oe")
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Hawaiian War Chant - Wikipedia
Kaua I Ka Huahuai
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Under the original title, the song was recorded around June 1911 by the Crowel Glee Club, and released by Columbia Records (Columbia Y29) (coupled with "Akahi Hoi" by Mr. Tullet & Mr. Kaiwi)
(according to Hawaiian & Hawaiian Guitar Records 1891 - 1960)
This version is on my wish-list
The first recorded version I could find is:
(o) Hawaiian Quintette (1913) (as "Kaua I Ka Huahuai")
Recorded April, 18, 1913 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 65339
Victor matrix B-13169. Kaua i ka huahuai / Hawaiian Quintette - Discography of American Historical Recordings
Browse All Recordings | Kaua i ka huahuai, Take 1 (1913-04-18) | National Jukebox LOC.gov
Hawaiian Quintette - Kaua I Ka Huahuai / Wailana (Shellac) at Discogs
The same recording was re-released in 1919 as by the "Hawaiian Troupe" on Victor 18568
VICTOR 78rpm numerical listing discography: 18500 - 19000
Johnny Noble, leader of the Moana Hotel band in Waikiki Beach, managed to copyright this song in '29 under new title "Ta-hu-wa-hu-wai" without substantial alterations, apart for some jazz accents in the arrangement.
(c) Andy Iona and his Islanders (1934) (as "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (A Hawaiian War Song)")
Recorded August 29, 1934
Matrix LA 188
Released on Columbia 2962-D
Hawaiian Music Collection
Re-released on Columbia 35524 as "Hawaiian War Song"
Listen here: Hawaiian War Song (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I) - Andy Iona.mp3
Hawaiian War Song (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I) : Andy Iona : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
2 years later (on September 30, 1936) Andy Iona re-recorded the song for the Decca-label
78 RPM - Andy Iona And His Islanders - Ta-Hu-Wa-H-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant) / Maui Girl - Decca - USA - 1100
Listen here: Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I - Andy Iona And His Islanders.mp3
Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I : Andy Iona And His Islanders : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
(c) Harry Owens (1937) (as "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian Laughing Song)")
Recorded April 15, 1937 in Los Angeles
Matrix DLA 777
Released on Deca 1381
78 RPM - Harry Owens And His Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra - Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I / If Your Aloha Means I Love You - Decca - USA - 1381
(c) Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (1939) (as "Hawaiian War Chant")
Recorded November 29, 1938
Released on Victor 26126
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - Midnight On The Trail / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs
Listen here: Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-hu - Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra.mp3
In 1939 the Merry Macs scored their first US Hit with a version of this song.
(c) The Merry Macs (1939) (as "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant)")
Recorded February 24, 1939 in New York
Released on Decca 2333.
The Merry Macs - Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wa-I (Hawaiian War Chant) (Shellac) at Discogs
(c) Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders (1945) (as "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)"
featuring Harry Brooker on the Electric Hawaiian Guitar and Kealoha Life on vocals
Felix Mendelssohn And His Hawaiian Serenaders* - My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs
In 1946 Spike Jones scored a US Top 10 Hit with his novelty version of the song (which also included an "Aloha Oe"introduction)
(c) Spike Jones (1946) (as "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)"
Spike Jones And His City Slickers / Spike Jones & His Wacky Wakakians* - The Glow-Worm / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs
78 RPM - Spike Jones And His City Slickers - The Glow-Worm / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - RCA Victor - USA - 20-1893
Spike Jones Murders Them All
Listen here: Hawaiian War Chant ( - Spike Jones and his Wacky Wakakians.mp3
(c) Jo Stafford (1951)
Recorded July 1951
Released on Columbia 39529
Jo Stafford - Kissin' Bug Boogie / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs
45cat - Jo Stafford - Kissin' Bug Boogie / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Columbia - USA - 4-39529
Listen here: Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Jo Stafford.mp3
The Ames Brothers also scored a US hit with their version.
(c) Ames Brothers (1951) (as "Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)"
The Ames Brothers - Sweet Leilani / Hawaiian War Chant (Shellac) at Discogs
45cat - Ames Brothers - Sweet Leilani / Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) - Coral - USA - 9-60510
In 1958 Johnny Kraaykamp en Rijk de Gooyer used the Ta-Hu-Wa chant at the beginning and at the end of their song "Het Goudgele Strand van Ameland".
They recorded the song in the attic studio of Pi Veriss. Both text and music were written by Pi Vèriss and Ad van der Gein (Cocktail Trio), but Rijk and Johnny also contributed and are therefore mentioned as co-composers.
Theo Ehrlicher, who played with the Kilima Hawaiians from 1946 until the end of 1958, joined on Hawaiian guitar on this version.
45cat - Rijk de Gooyer en Johnny Kraaykamp - Het Goudgele Strand (Van Ameland) / Ome Lowie En Tanta Jet - Telefunken - Netherlands - UH 9264
Rijk de Gooyer En Johnny Kraaykamp* - Het Goudgele Strand (Vinyl) at Discogs
(c) Kilima Hawaiians (1966)
45cat - The Kilima Hawaiians - Tigershark / Hawaiian War-Chant - CBS - Netherlands - 2358
De Kilima Hawaiians - Tigershark (Vinyl) at Discogs
(c) Het Leedy Trio (1968) (as "Pa dat doen we")
Dutch lyrics by Bert Bibaz
Het Leedy Trio - Rel Del Del (Vinyl) at Discogs
Rel del del / Pa, dat doen we (ta-huwa) by Het Leedy Trio (Single): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music
The muppets perform the "Hawaiian War Chant" in 1979
Tracks on Jim Henson's Muppet Show Music Album - The Muppets (1979) | SecondHandSongs
"Hawaiian War Chant" was also sung by Nathan Lane (the voice of Timon) in The Lion King (1994)
Hawaiian War Chant | The Lion King Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
Hawaiian War Chant | Disney Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
The Spike Jones version of the song was sampled on the 2011 Gorillaz album The Fall, on the song “The Parish Of Space Dust”.
Gorillaz's 'The Parish of Space Dust' sample of Spike Jones and His Wacky Wakakians's 'Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)' | WhoSampled
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Cover versions of Kaua i ka huahua'i written by Leleiohoku,[Traditional] | SecondHandSongs