7 dreamy Hawaiian songs to instantly relax you (VIDEOS)

There’s nothing quite like Hawaiian music to soothe the soul, and boy can we all use some soul-soothing right now…and some Hawaii.

These 7 entrancing Hawaiian songs — not all below are performed by the original artists — capture some of the magic and essence that is Hawaii.

Note to locals: you’ll instantly recognize these songs. If you’re a local that’s away from home, prepare to small kine cry.

Enjoy! And relax…

Moloka’i Slide by Ehukai

performed by The Mana’o Company

Moloka’i Slide is a modern favorite in Hawaii — everyone knows the words!


Ke Kani Hone O Na Manu by Raiatea Helm

One word: WOW. Just listen, all the way through.

Henehene Kou Aka by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole 

performed by Josh Tatofi

Braddah Iz wrote this upbeat, flirty love song that takes place in and around Waikiki, and Josh Tatofi brings it to life.

Ulili E by Johnny Noble, George Keahi and Harry Naope

performed by Kuana Torres Kahele

Ulili is a little bird whose name means “wandering tattler.” This grey shorebird can be found in the winter months quickly stepping on Hawaii’s shoreline in search of food. The songs staccato notes mimic the birds quick, sharp steps.

Wahine ‘Ilikea by Rev. Dennis Kamakahi

This beautiful song is describes the white clouds of Moloka’i as a woman.

White Sandy Beach by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

This songs needs no introduction nor explanation 🌺🌈💖


Hi’ilawe by Sam Li’a Kalainaina, Sr

performed by Cyril Pahinui

Hi’ilawe is the name of twin waterfalls located in the back of Waipi’o Valley on the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island. The song Hi’ilawe is an ode to those waterfalls, and to a pair of young lovers. Cyril Pahinui performs the song to perfection, as did his father the late great Gabby Pahinui.

Photo by Channey on Unsplash


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