There are two beautiful Hawaiian songs (at least) called "Punalu`u." Mary Pukui and Irmgard Aluli composed one honoring the windward coast of O`ahu, while the other was written by George Kealoha Iopa, Sr. and praises the black sand beach on Hawai`i Island. This version is the latter.
I had plenty of fun playing my Aloha Friday in Downtown Pleasant Hill this past summer, but the absolute peak came on July 31, when slack key master Ledward Kaapana AND his sister, Lehua Kaapana Nash joined me for a couple of hours of relaxed Hawaiian music, played slack key style.
Even though the guitars are amplified and Lehua is singing without a mic, her classic falsetto vocal made it through on the Xacti camera mic. Lehua is singing in a style very much like that of her mother, the late Tina Kaapana.
Both Lehua and her younger brother Ledward were raised in a remarkable musical family in the village of Kalapana on the Island of Hawai`i. They learned to sing and play from their mother, father, uncles, aunts, and when they play and sing together those long gone Kalapana days live again for a moment.
This video was shot on a Sanyo Xacti HD2000, audio is straight camera mic. The guitars were amplified, the vocal was not.