According to huapala.org/Ni/Ninipo.html the authorship of "Ninipo" is uncertain. The song has been attributed to both King David Kalakaua and Queen Lili`uokalani. The author wove many threads into this brief song of two verses and a chorus, with references to Hawaiian myth, geography, botany, and ornithology. The meaning is clearly many layered, with only the author and perhaps a few confidantes knowing the "real" meaning. Whatever the layers, the poetry is rich and the song seems perfect for Valentine's Day, with the first line of the chorus: "Wooing, ever wooing with love."
I first heard the song performed by Ledward Kaapana ledkaapana.com on his great "Black Sand" CD. My version is very much based on his. Composer/singer/guitarist Dennis Kamakahi performed the song as a vocal on his "Pua`ena" CD as well.
We're enjoying a stay in magnificent Kailua, O`ahu, HI, and I shot this clip in "our" backyard. Our host works in stained glass, the opening title features one of his pieces. The guitar is an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500M, tuned to taropatch, low to high D G D G B D.
The face shot was taken with a Panasonic Lumix TS1, the closeup with a Flip Ultra HD. I recorded the audio on a Zoom H2, eq'ed in Adobe Audition 2 to reduce the wind noise, and added reverb using the Glaceverb plugin in Edius Neo Booster.
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