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Exploring the history of the groove

Ray Kinney- Aloha Oe

“This song was written by the first and the last Queen of Hawaii. Who took the throne after her brother and was left to clean up mess he made when he gave the United States power over the island. After struggling for years Hawaii was annexed and taken by the United States.

Before she had lost the islands, the Queen had written “Aloha Oe,” which translating into “Farewell to you.” Thus, creating the inspiration to a haunting lullaby melody that is featured in such movies like Lilo and Stitch.

Disney’s movie creators made sure the song was used justly. The scene being when Nani had lost custody of her sister. A fitting scene, seeing as the last queen was surely feeling similar emotions of loss, love, and heartache.”

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