Kawika Crowley, live in studio, singing the classic song "Hawaii 78" with the correct original lyrics that he wrote for the chorus back in 1976...

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AND NOW, JUST FOR THE RECORD... THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE WRITING OF THE SONG “Hawaii ‘78”, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL AND INFLUENTIAL SONGS OF THE LAST HALF CENTURY, MADE POPULAR BY BRADDAH IZ AND THE MAKAHA SONS.


11/12/03

28 years ago, history was about to be made... a young and gifted man of a mere 21 sat down and with pen in hand planted a seed... a seed of music destined to impact Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian cultural revolution and renaissance of the ‘70’s for generations to come. The story starts on a chilly October night in 1976 at my home in Waiakea Uka in Hilo... on the line is a fellow musician and good friend Cleyton Kua of the band “Da Blahlas”.

He knew I was looking for new artists for my record label Kawika Records and he felt he found a promising one. His name was Micky Ioane. Cleyton was impressed with a few songs Micky had written and suggested I give him a listen. The next night Cleyton and I walked into the Ioane home in Keaukaha... it was packed with friends and neighbors, all anxious for the audition of one named Micky. I felt chicken-skin as I was ushered into the kitchen where Micky was sitting at the kitchen table with guitar in hand and nervously shifting his lyric sheets before him. There was no where to sit... I stood and after being introduced to Micky , I gestured him to begin singing his songs... the first hit hard... a touching song about a legendary drunk in Keaukaha nicknamed Peter Pumpkin... the song ended... everyone in the kitchen clapped in support, including Cleyton and me...

 

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