My Hapa Haole Hula Girl (My Honolulu Hula Girl) - Words & music by Sonny Cunha

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All the time in the tropical clime
Where they do the hula hula dance
I fell in love with a chocolate dove
While learning that funny funny dance

This poor little kid, why she never did
A bit of loving before
So I made up my mind, that I struck a find
The only girl I'd dare adore
I love a pretty little Honolulu hula (hapa-haole) hula girl
She's the candy kid to wriggle, Hula girl
She will surely make you giggle, Hula girl
With her naughty little wiggle

Some day I'm goin' to try to make
This hula hula girlie mine, this girlie mine
'Cause all the while I'm dreaming of her
My Honolulu (hapa-haole) hula girl

Out at the beach, with your dear little peach
Where the waves are rolling in so high
Holding her hand, while you sit on the sand,
You promise you'll win her heart or die

You start in to tease, you give her a squeeze
Her heart is all in a whirl
If you get in a pinch, go to it's a cinch
When spooning with a hula girl


Albert R. "Sonny" Cunha










Source: McKee Collection," Sonny Cunha's Music Book" ©1909 by Bergstrom Music Co. - This song, composed in 1909, under the original title My Honolulu Hula Girl was dedicated to Rene Dietrich. Multi-talented Albert R. "Sonny" Cunha is credited as being the father of the hapa-haole song, his legacy to Hawaiian music. He influenced Johnny Noble and Henry Kailimai, among others, and toured the mainland for two years with his musical group. Music clip by Gippy Cooke