[OT - sort of] Re: [sumo] Iz Kamakawiwo'ole Sumo Song

Keri Sibley kerisib at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 26 12:05:29 EDT 2007

Wow!!! Thanks Katrina for the great link. and to the
list, I apologize for getting a little off-topic.

Having been born in Hawaii, (before it was a state I
might add) the Hawaiian Rikishi have always been my
favorites (along with Kaio). Although I don't live
there now, I am still able to go visit at least once a
year so I am very familiar with the music of IZ. In
fact, I'll be there in 2 weeks to visit my parents
that live in Kailua, just down the road from

Anyway that's not why I'm replying to this message.
The web site also has a link to a page where you can
learn how to play my favorite IZ song of all, "White
Sandy Beach" on the Ukelele. I can't wait to get my at
my Uke when I get home from work to try it out. The
guy that shows you how to play it does an adequete
enough version of the song, but to really hear IZ do
it is the best. For those of you on the list who are
new to the music of IZ, this is IZ at his best.
Beautiful song.


--- sumorina at mac.com wrote:

> Thank you for putting this song up for us Barbara.
> I have always loved this song, as did the three
> Hawai'ia sumotori  
> about whom it is written.  I can't hear it without
> being moved.
> I have shamelessly flaunted copyright to add the
> lyrics below.
> The part about travelling thousand miles and being
> far away from  
> family struck a chord with me when I lived in Japan
> and strongly felt  
> the distance between me and my family members - yes,
> Peter Allen's "I  
> Still Call Australia Home" chokes me up too. What a
> sentimental  
> softy!  But in addition to my personal reaction, the
> song presented  
> us with some real truths about the three great men.
> For each of them, family was so important and it was
> hard for them to  
> be far away, especially in times of family joy,
> which could not be  
> shared directly, and in times of sorrow.  Sumo
> prevented Musashimaru  
> from going to his dying father's bedside.  To give
> himself  
> inspiration Akebono used to watch a video showing
> his late father's  
> delight at seeing his son winning his first yusho. 
> He once  
> challenged me to watch it without crying - failed! 
> - the laughing  
> yokozuna held out the tissue box he knew would be
> needed.
> They were (still are) gentle giants.  Looking so
> ferocious on the  
> dohyo they are all kind and gentle.  Someone once
> told me they  
> couldn't cheer for Akebono because he was so
> arrogant.  Well Yokozuna  
> Akebono was arrogant when he was owning the dohyo 
> at match time, but  
> he could so funny and cheeky, like a big kid when he
> was not doing  
> the yokozuna job.
> They certainly conquered an impossible dream of
> succeeding in the  
> tough world of sumo.  They worked hard for it, but
> they succeeded  
> with dignity.  They upheld the dignity of the
> sumotori  (some lapses  
> it's true, but they are only human!) and took their
> responsibilities  
> seriously.  The sumo life is hard enough for
> Japanese to survive in,   
> but even harder for those from foreign cultures. 
> The Hawaiians  
> inspired me.  I had a comfortable university job,
> but there were many  
> times during my 25 years in Japan  when cultural
> differences or  
> expectations made things hard.  I used to think how
> much harder it  
> was for them in the rigid sumo world and that gave
> me the  
> determonation to fight on myself.
> At their peaks those three were heroes to young and
> old in Japan and  
> Hawai'i and are still heroes to me.   Knowing them
> all and being so  
> bold as to count them as friends, I admire them as
> great men, and  
> having worked with them in various sumo situations
> admire them for  
> their professionalism.    So I still want to go
> celebrate and honour  
> those mighty champions who were an inspiration to so
> many people  
> world wide.
> Thank you Brother Iz for this wonderful tribute to
> them and thank you  
> Barbara for reminding me through this song how much
> I admire and  
> respect Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki.
> Katrina
> PS  The Honolulu Advertiser has a great page up with
> Iz  
> Kamakawiwo'ole's posthumous  new album to listen to
> and a variety of  
> material about him. 
> http://iz.honoluluadvertiser.com/
> Gentle Giants from the countryside
> Waimanalo, Nanakuli, and Waianae
> They are the champions, in a foreign land
> National heroes, famous idols in Japan
> Chorus
> Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki
> Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki
> They have traveled, thousand miles away
> Sometimes lonely, far away from family
> All have conquered, a dream that seemed impossible
> With dignity, they are Hawai'i sumotori
> Repeat Chorus
> They made history, heard around the world
> On the radio, television and magazine
> Let's go celebrate, and honor these mighty ones
> These are the champions, heroes for the young and
> the old
> Repeat Chorus
> These are the champions, they are Hawai'i sumotori
> Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki
> Repeat
> National heroes, famous idols in Japan
> Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki
> Repeat Chorus
> Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki
> On 26/06/2007, at 7:03 AM, Sumobaba wrote:
> > I had been looking for a way to get this song to
> the list - Brother  
> > Iz's
> > tribute to Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki.
> Just found it on a  
> > blog while
> > I was looking for a specific Iz song. Please
> enjoy.
> >
> >  <http://mog.com/Wahiawa786/blog_post/88678>
> > http://mog.com/Wahiawa786/blog_post/88678  Just
> click on the play  
> > arrow on
> > the Tengoku Kara Kaminari. It's from the late,
> great singer's  E  
> > Ala E CD.
> >
> > Sumobaba
> >
> >
> >
> > See my blog  <http://sumobaba.vox.com/>
> http://sumobaba.vox.com    
> > -  soon to
> > come, my Hawaii Koen blog!
> >
> >  <http://sumobaba.vox.com/>
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