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Aldrine played it slightly different in the tutorial video vs. the Play-Along. Here are the tabs for both versions -
Aloha 'Oe (Uke Lessons Version) TAB (.pdf)
Aloha 'Oe (Play-Along Version) TAB (.pdf)

Hey UUers!

The old year is gone and a new year is here - and along with it comes a brand new episode of Uke Lessons to teach you a very old, classic Hawaiian song: "Aloha 'Oe" by Queen Liliuokalani. The piece has been covered by musical greats such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and has appeared throughout popular culture in many cartoons and movies. But in Hawaiian history this song has special significance, as it was written by Queen Lili'uokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom before it was overthrown and later annexed by the United States. The song's lyrics tell the story of a final, sorrowful embrace between two lovers - lyrics that took on a whole new meaning as the Queen was forced to say goodbye to Hawaii as she knew it during the last decade of the 19th century.

For this lesson, we decided to try out a new format, breaking the song down into the Verse, Chorus, and Picking - so let us know what you think of this presentation, if it was easier to learn this way, and any suggestions you might have to make Uke Lessons even better! Have fun with this one, be sure to play along with the Play-Along, and if you have any questions, we're always here to help you to become a better uke player, so send your questions our way!

Happy New Year UUers & keep strummin'


-UU Staff


  1. OMG!!! I just discovered the play along videos. Do You have those for every song and I was just missing it? SOOOOOOOO helpful. I can see the notes, chords, and when each note should be played. Yes! I was about to cancel my membership, but now I will go exploring for play along videos!!! Thank you!!!

  2. I love this song Aloha Oe. Who is the beautiful young lady that is sing it? She has such a beautiful voice. Please let me know.

  3. what is the strum? Just DDD DDDUD?
    Sorry I cannot figure it out and it is not outlined on the tutorial that I signed up for either?

    1. Hey Margotvan,

      Thanks for your questions! The strumming pattern is covered in the tutorial video from 2:20 – 4:00. It’s essentially D D D DDU (after the last up you immediately repeat).

      You can also see how the strumming pattern fits into the chorus at 4:55 minute mark. Like Aldrine said, this song is all about feel so if you feel compelled to add in a little more, go for it!

      Hope this helps!

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  4. Thank you for this! Much appreciated 🙂
    Do you know of any recorded versions that include the original second and third verses, as written my Queen Lili`uokalani? I don’t speak the language and it would be useful to hear someone else sing these words. Mahalo!

  5. I just got back from visiting Oahu. One of the great songs of Hawaiian history though in tragic time of annexation. But so heartfelt . Thank you so much for giving a lesson on this song.

  6. Great song, and a great lesson. I, too, like the new format.

    Question: At the end of the instrumental, Aldreen (or the guitarist) plays a quick middle note as he transitions from the C to the G7. Really nice. Can you explain how that is done?


    1. When Aldrine hits that C note on the A string he slides it up to the 2nd fret. So he’s sliding from C to B on the A string. He then puts down the rest of his figures for the G7 chord and strums that. So it’s just a simple, but beautiful and effective slide 🙂

  7. Super. Many many many thanks for this song. It is 1st song that I play correctly 🙂 Thanks again. After three weeks of uke training finally listenable success.

  8. I got it up… I am new at this but I like the new way of doing the lesson. I know this is a beginner level but it does seem easier for me to learn. This is just my opinion.

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