Memories of Hawaii

Royal Hawaiian PostcardAs far away as yesterday…In putting together the CD, I realized that songs so often are associated with memories.  It is the time and place of the song – where I heard it – who I think of when I hear it – that imprints in my mind and becomes a link to a place I hold so dear to my heart.

On my mind of late is Hawaii.  So many of my deepest and happiest moments have taken place here.  From my first trip in 1950,  when I sailed over on the Lurline with a group of friends, only to be surprised by my mother and little sister, who had flown over to meet me.  Nonny, my grandmother, had given me the trip as a graduation present.  It was such fun!  I remember doing the Charleston on the Lurline in a strapless dress – Joanne was afraid my top was going to come down (it didn’t) and ever since then, she has said “I was ready to leap up and save you!” Which makes me think that the first time I ever got up on a wave in Waikiki my bathing suit top did fall down.  I hesitated for a split second, but thought to hell with it, and rode the wave in anyway.

So many images come to mind when I think of Honolulu.  I think of the small beach to the right of the Halekelani where even now, I can remember – as if yesterday – the moon reflecting on the black water in the dark.   It was so spiritual.  I remember going out on the water one day with Turkey Love – a then famous beach boy –  and singing him a song my mother always sang.  Na Alii.  I sang the whole song in Hawaiian.  He was astonished! His sister was Wynona Love, who was a famous hula dancer, like my Uncle Boy’s wife Aggie Auld, who is still known all over the islands.  You can go to any of the Waikiki hotel bars and hear the orchestra play “Lovely Hula Hands”, which was written specifically for her.  The story I’ve been told is that Uncle Boy (Norman Hendershot) wrote “Lovely Hula Hands”, but never received the credit.  I can confirm, however, that Uncle Boy and Aggie did write  “Hula lolo”, another Hawaiian classic.

Here it is, sung by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs.

Hula Lolo

I remember dancing to Harry Owens’ orchestra at the Royal Hawaiian.  Often, they would close the evening with “To You Sweetheart Aloha”, which the singer – whose name escapes me now, would often sing to me when I was in the audience.  This song was later recorded by Ray Kinney, who was playing at the Hilton during the 70’s I think and I talked with him re George Kaainapau who said that GREAT Hawaiian entertainer was driving a taxi in Chicago.  Can you imagine?

Here is Ray’s version of “To You Sweetheart Aloha”.

To You Sweetheart Aloha

More to follow…

Mom Royal Hawaiianv2

At The Royal Hawaiian 1950

Uncle Boy & Aggie

Uncle Boy & Aggie

Aggie Auld

Aggie Auld

Hawaiian Art

Hawaiian Art

4 comments for “Memories of Hawaii

  1. joe hendershot
    November 23, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Patty,thank you for the heads up about your website,until recently i was unaware who my dads first marrage was to.My daughter found some music that my dad and Aggie wrote back then.This all came as a suprise as my parents never talked about there lives before they were married.Anyway hope all is good for you and your family and that you have a great thanksgiving. joe

  2. Terry in Upland, CA
    January 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm


    I was doing some research about Aggie Auld and came across your website. Agnes Auld was first married to my great-great uncle Prince Leilani (his stage name), or Edwin Kaumualiiokamokuokalani Rose. My Dad first met Agnes when his great uncle took him backstage at the Graumann’s Chinese Theater in 1928 where Prince Leilani and Aggie were dancing for the pre-show to the premier of the movie “White Shadows of the South Seas”. My Dad is 90 years young and still can remember her dancing. Some fun trivia. Enjoy.

  3. gregg dias
    April 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    wonderful memories, I would like to read more about your Hawaiian memories. My father was a band leader at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. of course he knew Ray Kinney and George Kainapau. Thank you for sharing precious memories.

  4. Terry
    July 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    What was your Dad’s name? Perhaps I can add his name to my research in the early Hawaiian entertainers. BTW, my Dad’s second cousin was connected with the founder of “Hawaii Calls” radio program from the Moana Hotel on Waikiki.

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