Music Monday: He Mele No Lilo
Summer always reminds me of Hawaii which brings to mind Disney's 42nd Animated Classic movie, Lilo and Stitch. Released in the summer of 2002, the story begins in the Galactic Federation with an introduction to Experiment 626 (aka Stitch) who somehow ends up on the island of Kauai. The movie has a little bit of science fiction, adventure, comedy and drama, too. The other main character, Lilo, has a love of Elvis and those songs make up a big part of the movie. However, there are two original songs that were written for the movie.
One of them is "He Mele No Lilo" which translates to "A song for Lilo." Written by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu, this song is played during the opening credits of the movie. It should be noted that "opening credits" of the movie actually happen after the entire Galactic Federation -outer space sequence plays out. The song begins to play as Stitch finds himself on the island. The song is also our first introduction to Lilo.
One of my favorite things about this song is not only the traditional Hawaiian sounds but that the children who are singing are from the The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus. It's also the voice of Hoʻomalu that you hear singing this opening song.
Hope you have some time to make some summer memories this week!