Hai Jung on vocals; Noel Okimoto on drums and vibes; Sharene Lum on harp; Dean Taba on bass; Carlinhos DeOliveira on guiro, caxixi, and rainstick; Perry Coma on piano.
We kick off the CD with this sweet exotica classic sung originally by the sultry Ethel Azama back in the ʻ50ʻs when Hawaiʻi became an official State. Even with all the changes through the decades, in the most important ways Hawaiʻi remains our sweet, friendly island home. And who is more sweet ʻnʻ friendly than our own Ms Hai Jung! I asks ya!
Friendly Islands, land of love
Golden moonlight from above
Soft breeze playing, palm trees swaying
As the night winds gently blow
Magic music, soft guitars
Joyous laughter ʻneath the stars
Hearts afire with desire
Tropic heavens all aglow
We met where the waves kissed the shore
And promised to love ever more
Youʻre my treasured memory
Friendly Islands, ʻcross the sea