January 10, 2008

Aloha and mahalo

In the bleak midwinter, we all need some sunshine. By the time you read this (by the wonders of modern publish-by-proxy technology) I will be suspended somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, heading to Kauai. I will probably be listening to this mix (on my new noise-cancelling headphones) to wash away the ice and stress of modern life and prepare for some island revelry. I am staying here. Aw yeah.

These tunes capture a slice of the island/surf/sun lifestyle for me, and will be my soundtrack until Tuesday. The mix starts with a lovely little Ed Vedder tune on ukulele, because every single thing about this song is exactly what I would want for my Hawaiian vacation when I close my eyes. Plus it’s my island soundtrack, and there’s a lot of Vedder on my island.

You’re True – Ed Vedder
Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
Islands – Cat Power
A Flash of Green – Pollo Del Mar
Sweet Leilani – Chris Isaak
Island In The Sun – Weezer
Torpedo – Hawaii Mud Bombers
Island Life – Ethan Elkind
Surf Beat – Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
Hawaiian Sunset – Elvis Presley
Pipeline – The Chantays
Honolulu – Any Trouble
Gold Finger – Blue Stingrays
Constellations (live at Kokua) – Jack Johnson & Ed Vedder
Liver Splash – The Meters
Surf Rider – The Lively Ones
Oceans (live in Honolulu) – Pearl Jam
Theme From “Endless Summer” – The Sandals
Stay Young – The Farmhouse Band/Shelter surf DVD
Hawaii 78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole


Be good, kids.

For more Hawaiian music, check this excellent podcast: http://hawaiianeye.blogspot.com/



    JETHRO — January 10, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  • yay, i’ll be in maui in two weeks. Now I have a soundtrack!

    d — January 10, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  • YEAH!!!

    exactly what ive been pinin for.

    Not just on Thanksgiving — January 10, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  • Thank you for choosing the Chantays version of “Pipeline”. Usually when I hear this song it’s the Ventures version, which isn’t as good (in my opinion).

    Anonymous — January 10, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  • What, no “Magnum, P.I.” theme? Thanks for the mix and have fun in Hawaii. I’m jealous.

    Robert — January 10, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

  • Check out the Na Pali coast Heather, it’s amazing. The boat trip from the south is totally worthwhile and there is a great 13 mile hike from the north. When I was there last summer I wanted to run into Eddie in one of the north coast towns, but no such luck (apparently Bette Midler owns half the island!).

    lbc — January 10, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  • I must admit, I’m slightly surprised…

    No Don Ho & Tiny Bubbles? ;)

    Just...me. — January 11, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  • i was in kauai two months ago — i stayed at the resortquest and apparently they host the best luau in town. definitely check it out.

    also, the local coffee shop in kapaa has a great vibe and i met some amazing hawaiians there.

    Paul — January 11, 2008 @ 10:09 am

  • keep in mind that if you are in Oahu, that swap meet at Aloha Stadium is sat, sun & wed.

    there you can buy all the touristy knicknacks etc. at better prices than all the tourist traps…

    including sending a coconut postcard…

    Kid Charlemagne — January 11, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  • Wondering if you might be able to repost an mp3 link in an older post that seems to be a broken link.

    It’s The Farmhouse Band – “Stay Young”

    Link in the older post is http://fuelfriendsblog.com/listenup/Hawaii%20Fuel/19%20Stay%20Young.mp3

    GREAT blog!

    Lori — August 12, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

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