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Gary Aiko - Poina 'Ole 'Ia

 

Poina 'Ole 'Ia Trivia
Gary Aiko

Hawaiian language specialist Aunty Malia Craver played a pivotal role in the production of this CD. Never before has the song "Unforgettable" been sung with Hawaiian lyrics—lyrics that were created by Aunty Malia.

"Unforgettable" was written by Irving Gordon and first published in 1951. The most well-known versions are by Nat King Cole and a follow-up version by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole in 1991. Dozens of other singers have recorded their own versions of this song. Gary has always liked this song and wanted to sing his own version, combining English and Hawaiian lyrics. To accomplish this, Gary enlisted the aid of Aunty Malia Craver to help with the translation to Hawaiian.

It took awhile for the translation to be completed. Aunty Malia noted that "…most of the haole songs and its terms we do not have in Hawaiian, neither do we think poetically alike. As a result it's difficult to translate them." The final Hawaiian lyrics represent Aunty Malia's best efforts at making sense in Hawaiian.

      Note from Aunty Malia Craver

Here is the actual handwritten translation from Aunty Malia Craver, scribed on filler paper.

      Unforgettable Translation