Allan and Linda are now in Hawaii, sitting on patio chairs,
with a small table in front of them with beverage glasses. They are wearing
typical Hawaiian clothing plus leis. From time to time, Linda and Allan can
pretend to be sipping pineapple juice through a straw. Allan is browsing
through some travel folders.
CHOIR: "GOD'S AMAZING ALOHA" (Tune: "To You 'Aloha' from
LINDA: Oh, Allan, Hawaii is all that I imagined it to be and much more.
ALLAN: It's going to be difficult to go back home after the good time we're
having. I've been looking through these travel brochures, and I've come across
some very interesting facts about Hawaii. Listen: Hawaii is the most isolated
population center on the face of the earth. It is over 2,000 miles from
California; over 3000 miles from Japan; over 5000 miles from the Philippines,
and nearly 5000 miles from China. There's more:
• From east to west, Hawaii is the widest state in the
HAWAII HOLDS THESE WORLD RECORDS:
• In the 18th century, many imported animal species have had a negative
effect on the islands. These are: goats, cattle, sheep, pigs, and black rats.
• Hawaii is the only State in the USA that grows coffee.
• Hawaii had no mosquitoes until 1826, which were dumped ashore as the
sailors rinsed out water barrels.
• However, on the plus side - there are no mice, no deer, no raccoons,
no buffalo, no giraffes, and best of all - NO SKUNKS!
• The wettest spot on earth is found in Hawaii.
• The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The
windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty stories
• On the island of Maui is the world's largest dormant volcano.
• On the Big Island of Hawaii, you will find the world's most active
volcano - Kilauea.
• On the island of Molokai are the world's highest sea cliffs.
• The tallest mountain in the world, measuring from its base at the ocean
floor, is found on the Big Island.
NARRATOR: After hearing about such awesome beauty in Hawaii, we are grateful
that God, the creator of the world, is always with us.
CHOIR: "God's Presence" (Tune: "BEAUTIFUL LIHUE")
"GOD'S PRESENCE" (Tune: "Beautiful Lihue")
Inserted into the music for effect are several bars of a hula-type rhythm.
Sing the INSERT lines without musical accompaniment.
Point upward on
Stretch arms open on
Place hands across chest for
HE TRULY LOVES
Have the Hawaiian information facts presented in a
format of your choice:
a. Linda and Allan alternating;
b. Two people, other than Linda and Allan, alternating;
c. Depending on the size of your auditorium and availability of
various members of the choir could give out the facts.
SECTION THREE - AMAZING LOVE
Linda and Allen are sitting at the table.
ALLAN: Look, Linda, there's a wedding procession going down the street.
LINDA: Well, even though we didn't get married in Hawaii, I'm so grateful to
our family for giving us this trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. And
you know what, Allan?
LINDA: I love you with all my heart. Do you mind if I sing "The Hawaiian
CHOIR: "THE HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG"
ALLEN: Thanks. I appreciate your sentiments more than words can tell. Well,
(glances at watch) let's go to the restaurant and get one of those big
pineapple fruit dishes. Pineapple never tastes as good at home as it does here.
And tomorrow, we'll go to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and see if we can work
our way through the world's largest maze. (They leave.)
Even though "Linda" may not be a solo singer, have her stand and "synch" the
words as the choir sings. Or just have a soloist sing the song.
SECTION FOUR - A-MAZE-ING PINEAPPLE
NARRATOR: While our Hawaiian couple enjoy their fruit bowl,
here are a few interesting facts about the Pineapple.
• More than one-third of the world's commercial supply
of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
CHOIR: "BEAUTIFUL JESUS" (Tune: "Hawaiian Sunset")
"Beautiful Jesus" to the tune of "Hawaiian Sunset"
• No one is certain when pineapples were first grown in Hawaii, but
historians believe that a Spanish shipwreck in 1527 on the South Kona coast on
the Big Island of Hawaii brought tools, garments and plants, including
pineapples, from Mexico to Hawaii.
• Approximately 27,000 to 33,000 plants are planted in an acre, and the
work is all done by hand.
• The entire island of Lanai was purchased in 1922 by Jim Dole for $1.2
million - a huge sum of money in those days. For many years, this island was
the heart of Dole's pineapple operations.
• In more recent years, however, high labor and transportation costs have
made pineapple production uneconomic on this island paradise. By 1994, Dole
ceased virtually all of its pineapple production on Lanai and moved it to
Thailand and the Philippines.
• When Allan and Linda visit the Dole plantation, they will walk through
the "World's Largest Maze" according to the 2001 Guinness Book of World
Records. In the center of the maze is a huge pineapple. The maze covers an area
of more than two acres with a path length of 1.7 miles. It is made of 11,400
colorful Hawaiian plants, including varieties of hibiscus, the official state
flower. Allan and Linda are going to have a competition to see who will get
through the maze first. And now the choir is going to remind us that God leads
us out of the maze of despair when we focus our eyes on our beautiful
After writing out the melody in the Key of D, a very poor copy of the song
in the Key of C was found. This copy is also appended, even though
there is no Bass Clef. It was written specifically for the steel guitar.
If you wish to use the Key of C, you can still have your choir
sing from the Key of D copy.
SECTION FIVE - AMAZING GRACE
NARRATOR: And now for more interesting trivia about Hawaii's
• When the missionaries arrived in Hawaii, the women
wore little or no clothing. So the missionaries designed the long, full-flowing
muu-muu, and we all agree that it is a most comfortable garment.
• The Hawaiians had often seen white men, but the sight of white women
was new to them, so when the missionary women came to Hawaii, Samuel Kamakau
described it thus:
• ...the people came in crowds, men, women, and children, and exclaimed
over the pretty faces of the white women, their deep-set eyes, their bonnets
that jutted forward, their long necks which won for them the name "Long Neck."
Crowds gathered, and one and another exclaimed: 'How white the women are...what
long necks...but pleasing to look at...what pinched-in bodies...what tight
clothing above and wide below.'"
• Before the missionaries came, music was a chant, not singing as we know it
today. Most of the beautiful Hawaiian music is because of the influence of
Christian music. The Hawaiian word for "music" comes from the root word
CHOIR: "AMAZING GRACE"
Allen and Linda re-enter stage and sit down
• Living quarters for missionaries were not of Hilton
Hotel comfort. One of the missionary ladies, Lucy Thurston, described her
…our home was an abode of the most uncouth and
humble character. It was a thatched hut, with one room, having two windows made
by cutting away the thatch. On the ground for the feet was first a layer of
grass, then a covering of mats.
• Here was one way to find a wife in a hurry. The American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Missions, an interdenominational body, composed
mostly of Presbyterians and Congregationalists, organized a mission to the
Hawaiian Islands. Before the mission could sail, wives had to be obtained for
the six bachelors in the party. Within the space of two months, brides were
found and marriages performed. This missionary group consisted of the
following, plus their wives:
Two ordained ministers; a physician; two teachers; a
printer; a farmer; four Hawaiians.
It took them five months to reach Hawaii - as they went from Boston via the
Cape Horn route to the Pacific Ocean.
• We may wonder why a printer was chosen to go to Hawaii. Printing began
in 1822 in Hawaii, and soon the Hawaiians could see their own words in print.
In 1826, Christian missionaries converted the Hawaiian language into a written
alphabet which consisted of only TWELVE letters: 7 consonants and 5 vowels. By
May 1839, the entire Bible had been translated and printed in the Hawaiian
• The earliest school buildings were nothing more than grass huts with a
few mats laid over a dirt floor. The strategy of the missionaries was to bring
the king and chiefs to conversion, for then the people would follow their
leaders. This would not be an easy task. For example, the king would have had
to give up four of his five wives and abstain from drinking rum. "No way," said
• In the Bible we read about the Cities of Refuge. Amazingly, before the
Hawaiians had any knowledge of the Bible, they also had cities of refuge on the
Big Island. These were established as havens for lawbreakers and for those
vanquished in war.
• It is sad to note that before the white man came to Hawaii, drunkenness
was unknown because there were no alcoholic beverages. It was one culture which
had not discovered the laws of fermentation.
ALLAN: Wasn't that just the best-tasting pineapple in the world? And to think
you got through the maze two minutes ahead of me! You're one smart gal. Now,
let's hear about your research on the Christian faith in Hawaii.
LINDA: (holds up booklet) Here's what I found out. The first group of American
missionaries arrived in Honolulu in 1820 from New England. The missionaries
brought a mission house with them, a pre-fabricated building that still stands
today. It is the oldest wooden structure on the islands.
ALLAN: And because Christianity became a dominant faith in the islands,
Christianity was declared to be the national religion of Hawaii. And if you
think that coffee seems to be the national drink of Hawaii, blame the
missionaries. They introduced the coffee tree to the islands.
LINDA: I hope we can visit some of the interesting churches, Allan. I
understand that the Kawaihao Church in Honolulu is constructed of giant coral
slabs, and the cemetery out back is where many of the Islands' earliest
missionaries are buried. If we get to the Big Island, one of the churches there
is built of lava rock. The walls of the church are painted with a series of
biblical scenes because in earlier years, native Hawaiians couldn't read.
Hawaii's first Christian church is in Kona. Another interesting church is on
the island of Hawaii. And on the island of Kauai is an old Lutheran Church.
German immigrants to the area designed the interior to look like the ship that
brought them there. The floor slants like the deck of a ship, the balcony looks
like a captain's bridge, and there are ship lanterns hanging from the
CHOIR: "CLEANSE ME"
The opening verse to this hymn is from the song "Now Is the Hour"
Sing the first verse of this hymn, and then with modulating chords,
lead into a second hymn with the theme of "grace"
(choose either "Wonderful Grace of Jesus"
or "Grace Greater Than Our Sin")
These hymns can be found in a hymnal.
SECTION SIX - AMAZING SUNSETS
ALLAN: Look, Linda - look at the gorgeous sunset. The sun
seems to glow brighter and bigger in Hawaii. I'm going to miss these
LINDA: The most precious sunset of all will be when we are ushered into the
presence of the Lord.
CHOIR sings several selections:
Choose one or more of the following "sunset" hymns:
"OVER THE SUNSET MOUNTAINS"
"BEYOND THE SUNSET"
"BEYOND THE REEF" (Suitable as a solo)
THERE IS BEAUTY EVERYWHERE IN GOD'S CREATION
The picture above is a
The picture above is a sunset view
from Fred and Viola Pahl's condo
in White Rock, BC, Canada
SECTION SEVEN - AMAZING MUSIC
LINDA: Well, Allan, it's our last night here. I will never
forget this vacation.
ALLAN: Nor will I. I love the melody of the song "Bali Ha'i" and the words are
so poignant: "Bali Ha'i may call you any night, any day. In your heart, you'll
hear it call you: 'Come away, Come away.'" After I get home, I think I will
hear a call wafting on the breeze to "Come away, Come away to Hawaii."
LINDA: It's a great melody, Allan, and I composed some special words to this
CHOIR: "JESUS CALLS"
LINDA: I have enjoyed hearing the Hawaiian steel guitar so much. What a shame
that there are so few people playing it any more. Some of the stories connected
with the ukelele and the steel guitar are fascinating.
NARRATOR: One would think that any research on the Hawaiian guitar would be
done by someone of Hawaiian ancestry. Not so. A Vancouver lady named Lorene
Ruymar was a music teacher in the public school system. She is a skilled steel
guitar player and, along with her husband, plays professionally for many
events. In 1996 Lorene published a 200-page comprehensive book on "The Hawaiian
Steel Guitar and its Great Hawaiian Musicians." We are proud of our local
talent! As you know, the Hawaiian steel guitar is so called because the notes
are made by using a steel which is held in the left hand, and the right hand
plucks the strings with picks on the finger.
Neither the steel guitar nor the ukelele originated with the Hawaiian people.
The ukelele was a Portuguese instrument which was brought to the Islands. In
the 1870's, a British officer named Purvis retired in Hawaii. Because of his
miniature size and lively ways, the natives called him "Little Flea." He became
an expert on this Portuguese stringed instrument. When he played it, it
reminded the natives of a flea hopping, so they gave the instrument the same
name: UKELELE which means "Little Flea."
The origin of the steel guitar is attributed to Joseph Kekuku. He had his
guitar on his lap, and when he opened a parcel, a pocket knife fell out of the
package and struck the strings. He noted that the tone produced by the steel
knife produced a tone much better than any of the other objects with which he
had experimented. In 1988, a proclamation was issued in Hawaii to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the steel guitar.
NOTE: The following stories are all very good, but if time
prevents you from using all the material, it is suggested you use Sol Hoppii's
story because he was very well known in years past for his involvement in
BILLY HEW LEN:
Viola Pahl, the author of this musical, plays a Hawaiian steel guitar. In the
1970s she came across a gentleman named Billy Hew Len playing a steel guitar in
a shopping mall. Little did Viola know what a special person Billy was. He was
one of 12 children. When he was ten years old, he started to play his cousin's
guitar. At age 17, tragedy struck. He was using a planing machine, and due to
an accident, his left hand was cut off at the wrist. The stark realization that
he would never play the steel guitar again devastated Billy. An elder in the
Mormon Church, who worked with handicapped people, invented a sort of glove
that would fit over the wrist. A machine shop made a special steel bar which
was attached to the glove. After much patience and perseverance, Billy Hew Len
again played the steel guitar and became one of Hawaii's outstanding steel
guitar players. Viola's great regret is that she did not know the facts
surrounding Billy Hew Len until after she had met him.
In TIME magazine July 31, 2000, there was a fascinating story about Bennie
Nawahi. He was born in 1899. As a teenager, he played for pennies in the parks
of Honolulu, often teaming up with Sol Hoopii - I'll talk about Sol just a
little later. When Bennie was 36 years old, he suddenly went blind and never
regained his sight. Nonetheless, he kept on playing for the next 40 years in
nightclubs and restaurants. How Bennie did it is a marvelous feat.
Finally, there is Sol Hoopii - born in 1902, the first of 21 children and a
musical genius at the age of three. He became famous in Hollywood in his early
twenties. Those of us who are of a very mature age will remember the name of
movie actress Mary Pickford. When she had to play a scene requiring her to cry,
she would insist on Sol's steel guitar playing to give her the proper emotion.
(Viola Pahl makes this comment: "I can bring tears to people's eyes, too, when
I play my steel guitar, but theirs are tears of anguish because of the horrible
way I play.") At age 36, Sol came in contact with the Christian community, and
for the remainder of his short life - he died at age 51 - he dedicated his
talent to the Lord's work. The next song was one of Sol's favourites.
CHOIR: "THE NAIL-SCARRED HAND"
SING OR RECITE THE HYMN: "A NAIL IN HIS HAND"
LINDA: In 24 hours, we'll be back home again. Even though we're getting older,
there are still a lot of challenges awaiting us. But we look forward to a
better land than Hawaii - a land where we'll never grow old. (They exit
CHOIR: "NEVER GROW OLD"
NARRATOR: The Hawaiian vacation is just about over. As they leave Hawaii,
Linda and Allan are touched by the sentiments expressed in the following songs
which convey such warmth and love.
CHOIR: "MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU"
"ALOHA/HE'S COMING SOON"
"THE NAIL-SCARRED HAND"
In order to sing this song with more of a Hawaiian rhythm, try using the
timing in the hand-written copy of the song which uses 3/4 time instead of 4/4
"A NAIL IN HIS HAND" (Sing as a solo, or recite as a poem.)
"MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU"
Rather than using the word "fortune," use the word "blessings" in the line
"May your troubles all be small ones,
And your blessings (fortune) ten times ten…"
Inserted into this song for effect are segments of the hymn
"GOD BE WITH YOU"
It is suggested that the inserted phrases be sung with a variation:
such as a solo, duet, ladies' voices only ,or men's voices only.
You can, of course, leave out the inserted GOD BE WITH YOU.
SECTION EIGHT - AMAZING ARRIVAL
Please contact Viola Pahl
Linda and Allan have arrived home. They still have their
Hawaiian clothing and leis on. Allan comes first onto the platform with two
heavy suitcases. Plunks them down with a sigh of relief. He goes out for the
other suitcases. There should be a small end table nearby on which there is
lying an envelope.
sings fourth verse of "WHEN I TAKE MY VACATION IN HEAVEN"
while Allan brings in suitcases.
ALLAN: Whew! I'll never understand the mind-set of women when they get to the
International Market place in Honolulu. But - I have to admit, Linda knows a
good bargain when she sees one. (sighs) Now we're home, and I won't have to
think of shopping expeditions for a long, long time.
LINDA: (enters platform; waves arms in delight) We're home! We're home! Hawaii
was great, but there really is no place like Home, Sweet Home! Look, Allan,
(waves store circular) it's 15% discount day at Zellers. We're lucky to be home
early enough in the day to take advantage of the bargains. I'll go and change
so we can get to the store before closing time. (she starts to exit)
ALLAN: (waves arms in despair) SHOPPING???? I don't believe it!
LINDA: (She calls back to him) I'll even buy you a Hawaiian pineapple for
dessert! (she exits)
ALLAN: (Picks up a business envelope) Ah - I'm sure going to need this one. My
pension cheque has arrived. Unfortunately, Linda has plans for it. (Steps
forward and addresses the audience.)
Oh - I almost forgot about you - thank you everyone for listening to our
stories of Hawaii. Now it is time to say farewell - A - LO - O - O - HA to all
of you. And you know what? (waves pension cheque envelope and speaks to it)
Since Linda's taking me shopping again, it's ALOHA to you, too! (kisses
envelope good-bye and exits)
CHOIR and audience sing: "HE'S COMING SOON"
Remind the audience that the original melody was written by a Hawaiian
Following the singing of the foregoing hymn, have the choir members
leave platform and go down the aisles, shaking hands and saying ALOHA
to as many people as possible.
"HE'S COMING SOON" (Tune: "Aloha")
In order to have this song with more of a Hawaiian effect,
a hand-written copy of the song is appended which uses 3/4 time instead of 4/4
Like "THE NAIL-SCARRED HAND" this song has more of a
Hawaiian rhythm if it is sung to 3/4 time.
Appended is a sample copy with 3/4 time from a teaching lesson for the steel guitar.
for copies of music and lyrics