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Luau Party Playlist

What's a Luau without Hawaiian music? Download the songs on this playlist for a nice mix of classics and modern gems from, or inspired by, Hawaii.

1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World by Israel "IZ" Kamakswiwo'ole

The late Kamakswiwo'ole's island version of the "Wizard of Oz" starndard mixed with the Sam Cooke classic continues to capture the hearts of music fans and advertising executives everywhere. It's a natural choice for a backyard luau.

2. My Little Grass Shack by Don Ho

The 1966 Hawaiian Lounge classic that entertained tourists in Hawaii for decades still endures.

3. Pii Mai Ka Nalu by Robi Kahakalau

Hawaiian with a touch of country, this modern track is sunny and bright.

4. Rock-a-Hula by Elvis Presley

Elvis and Hawaii were a match made in heaven -- especially in the movie "Blue Hawaii," the film that featured this upbeat song.

5. Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai by Hapa

This gem features stunning guitars and vocal harmonizing.

6. Dream a Little Dream by Teresa Bright

Bright's island version of the 1931 song made famous by Ozzie Nelson, Kate Smith and Cass Elliot (to name a few) has birds singing in the coconut trees, making it a lovely and familiar addition to your luau.

7. Hawaiian War Chant by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

The Ventures' version of this old standard is my favorite, but it's hard to find. This fun version -- your kids may recognize it from the movie "Surf's Up" -- is almost as good.

8. Volcano by The Hula Girls

The Hula Girls are actually four guys from California who play "hulabilly," a blend of rockabilly, surf and, of course Hawaiian. A super cool and fun luau tune!

9. Yellow Bird by Arthur Lyman

Atmospheric, instrumental 60s Hawaiian lounge music.

10. by Keali'i Reichel

Reichel's soothing voice will make you feel like your cares are floating away.


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