Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The 50 States: Hawaii


Next up on our tour is sweet sweet Hawaii. Hawaii, you thief of hearts. You are the volcanic topping on a paradise sundae, the ultimate honeymoon destination for crusteceans, coral, and the jet setting japanese. You have a language that is a completely mystery to me, and a joyous mystery at that -- a conundrum of beautiful consonants and diabolical punctuation. I bet you are warm right now, and I bet since it's the ides of March that many of my millions of readers are headed for your basaltic embrace -- to put their feet onto your warm sand and thaw their bones of the cold and misery that is a midwest winter.

Hawaii, you were scooped up in 1959 by the good ole' US of A. You give us all pineapples, and you're the only US state to grow coffee. Honolulu is geographically the largest city in the world, and hawaii overall is wider than any other state including AK and TX. You've given us such things as Hawaiian Standard Time, worlds largest wind generator, macadamia nuts, the only royale palace in the United States, and the worlds biggest telescope.

We love you, Hawaii. You have LOADS of good songs about you, here's a handful.


Also kiddies, thanks for all the comments on the Georgia post. Next up is Idaho -- so if you think there is some songs about Idaho that I'll overlook (and yes... I'm aware of built to spill) then feel free to drop it in the comments below.

24 Comments:

Blogger Sloop said...

For further listening, I recommend the song Oahu by Menomena.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Zen said...

Damn - I forgot to mention "Waikiki Beach Refugees" by The Flys.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

de kilma hawaians are dutch actually, so please don't call them germans...

fn

1:53 PM  
Blogger J. O'Manachain said...

A Hawaii post and nothing by IZ?

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol Just wanted to post this comment about the confusion between german and dutch but saw that this other anonymous was there before me.....The languages are alike its ture..But the insult is tremendous...if you call dutch german..Sensitive issue...
andrea

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nitty gritty dirt band's file is not there... replicated by the next one it seems...

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Anonymous Harm Job said...

The Kilima Hawaiians are indeed a "dutch"group and the song was actually recorded in 1941! "Hawaiian"-music was music that was allowed by the German invaders (as long as it was sung in Dutch), "American"-jazz music wasn't allowed! The guitar player, a active member of the Dutch resistance, had to flee his country in 1944, joined the American army & got wounded 4 times!
So, maybe you can understand the snappy comment made by anonymous! Forgive him or her, we Dutch people are still a bit sensitive to mistakes like this


(want to sing-a-long? here are the lyrics...http://www.lyricsvault.net/songs/20909.html)

anyway, thanks for this otherwise fantastic post!

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous... haven't checked all of these out yet, but glad to see you posted two of my favorites, Gabby Pahinui (one of the most beautiful Hawaiian songs ever, featuring Ry Cooder on slide) and Radio Birdman: "Book him, Danno... murder one." Nice work!

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Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

When you are riding with the Young Canadians you are riding with the best. One day Canada, too, will have a tropical province...we're waiting to see what is left of the tropical world after World War IV is over.

Until then we have Barnston Island.

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Anonymous Andrew Leo said...

Thank you so much for this. I think I have a rare disease, and the only cure for it is this blog.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Carpenters did a song called "Honolulu City Lights." I hate the band but the song's worth a mention.

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