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Lena Machado

An introduction to Hawaii performer Lena Machado.

Facts About Lena Machado
  • Born in Honolulu's Pauoa Valley in 1903
  • She was discovered in 1923 by the manager of a Honolulu radio station
  • Her parents were singers
  • Known as "Hawaii's Songbird"
  • Very popular soprano and Hawaiian style falsetto singer in the 1930's and 1940's
  • She wrote more then 60 songs
  • Her career spanned 50 years
  • Was one of the most well-known people in the Hawaiian musc world during her day
  • She was a solo singer with the Royal Hawaiian Band for many years, and with them she sang "Aloha Oe" to Hawaii visitors departing by ship on boat days.
  • Toured extensively on the mainland U.S. and in Asia and the Pacific region.
  • She sang for the King and Queen of Siam, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bing Crosby, Babe Ruth, and the Prince of Wales before he became King Edward VIII and later the Duke of Windsor.
  • Her singing career ended in 1965 when she and her husband were seriously injured ind an auto crash on the island of Kauai.
  • She was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Lena Machado died in January of 1974 at age 70.

    Recordings Featuring Lena Machado
  • Her landmark 1962 album has been reissued on CD and it includes recordings from as early as 1927, This album won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, one for "Best Anthology Album of the Year" and one for "Best Liner Notes".
    SONGS ON THE ALBUM:
  • Na Lei O Hawaii
  • Kamalani O Keaukaha
  • Hoonanea - 1935
  • Mai Lohilohi Mai Oe - 1935
  • Kauoha Mai (Keyhole Hula) - 1935
  • E Kuu Baby Hot Cha Cha
  • Holo Waa Pa
  • Ei Nei -
  • Holau -
  • Kuu Wa Lii Lii (My Childhood Days)(Hupe Kole)
  • Hoonanea - 1962 -
  • Mai Lohilohi Mai Oe - 1962
  • Moani Ke Ala Ona Pua Makahikina
  • Kauoha Mai (Keyhole Hula) - 1962
  • Uilani (Heavenly Beauty)
  • Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi
  • Mom



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