MY LITTLE GRASS SHACK IN KEALAKEKUA HAWAII

© 1933
Lyrics & Music: Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison and Johnny Noble

Sheet Music: In Songs of Hawaii 1950 Miller Music Corp.

Recordings:
CD: Gary Aiko and theLegends A Romantic Night in Hawaii

There's a place in Hawaii
That is very dear to me
I am homesick as can be
Won't you listen to my plea?

I want to go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua Hawaii
I want to be with all the kanes and wahines that I knew long ago

I can hear old guitars a-playing
On the beach at Ho'onaunau
I can hear the Hawaiians saying
'Komo mai no kaua ika hale welakahao'

It won't be long 'til my ship will be sailing back to Kona
A grand old place that's always fair to see
I'm just a little Hawaiian and a homesick island boy
I want to go back to my fish and poi

I want to go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua Hawaii
Where the humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming by
Where the humuhumunukunukuapua'a goes swimming by


In 1933, in collaboration with Tommy Harrison and Bill Cogswell, Johnny Noble published 'My Little Grass Shack.' In his biography, a letter from famed humorist J. P. McEvoy is quoted. McEvoy complains that he can make no sense of the words, which he transcribes thus:

I wanta go back to muh lil' grass shack in ka-wally-kawhoo ka-whyyah,
I wanta see with all the bonnies and the weenies that I blew long ago,
I can hear old ka-chewbas swayin' on the beach at Holdem Sow
I can't hear old Hawaiian sayin' 'Hokem my, hokem moo, reek hurray ya-hoolicky wow
It won't be long till my ships will be whaling back to Ramona
A grand old place that's always fair to see
I'm just a little Hawaiian, and a homesick Highland boy
I wanta go back to my Fishin' Foy...'



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