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Thursday, 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/


At January 10, 2008 12:40 PM, Blogger JETHRO said...


At January 10, 2008 5:05 PM, Blogger d said...

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

At January 10, 2008 7:31 PM, Blogger Not just on Thanksgiving said...


exactly what ive been pinin for.

At January 10, 2008 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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).

At January 10, 2008 9:58 PM, Blogger Robert said...

What, no "Magnum, P.I." theme? Thanks for the mix and have fun in Hawaii. I'm jealous.

At January 10, 2008 10:58 PM, Blogger lbc said...

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!).

At January 11, 2008 9:30 AM, Blogger Just...me. said...

I must admit, I'm slightly surprised...

No Don Ho & Tiny Bubbles? ;)

At January 11, 2008 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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.

At January 11, 2008 10:10 AM, Blogger Kid Charlemagne said...

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...


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