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Hanalei Moon - Question

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Christi MOore
Posted 1/23/01 at 6:01am

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Hanalei Moon - Question

I believe Hanalei Moon was written by Bob Nelson.
Can anyone confirm that? And does anyone know what year the song was written?

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Marjorie Scott
Posted 1/26/01 at 10:01am

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Bob Nelson

Yes, Bob wrote Hanalei Moon. I don't know the year. If you contact me at my email address, I can give you Bob's address so that you may contact him directly.

Posted 10/8/05 at 9:10am

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My father wrote Hanalei Moon

My father is Robert Nelson and in 1974 he wrote the music and lyrics to Hanalei Moon. It's been re-done by numerous artists. He also wrote the Maui Waltz, which is also a favorite for weddings.

Thank you for taking interest in his work. He was and still is a great artist.


Posted 9/5/07 at 12:09pm

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Hanalei Moon

Can you tell me where to find the Hawaiian lyrics to Hanalei Moon?

Thank you,

Mariana G.
Posted 11/5/08 at 11:11am

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Lyric from hanalei moon

Hanalei Moon - Words & Music by Bob Nelson

When you see Hanalei by moonlight
You will be in Heaven by the sea

Every breeze, every wave will whisper
You are mine don't ever go away

Hanalei, Hanalei moon
Is lighting beloved Kaua`i

Hanalei, Hanalei moon
Aloha n wau i `oe

Source: Copyright 1974 Criterion Music Corp Music clip by Lani Lee


Posted 4/30/11 at 1:04pm

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hey everyone...

i reallly in love with this song ....

i act know this song from a taiwan show..i wish anyone can tel me what is the version of the HANALEI MOON from this show

here the link ( the show is hilarious but sorry there no eng sub, its bout they they asked celebrities to dance different style of dancing.)


so....i heard a lot of version on youtube but i just never heard this one...

please anyone can tel me..?

Pua Manuel
Posted 7/24/11 at 1:07am

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Hanalei Moon

Yes, Hanalei Moon was composed by Robert Nelson. I first Rob Nelson while he worked as a contracted muscian at The Lodge at Koele on the Island of Lana`i. He shared this information with me personally.

Carol Forsloff
Posted 7/8/12 at 4:07pm

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Bob Nelson's music

My husband and I were friends with Bob Nelson when we lived in Hawaii. In fact we had our wedding reception at Yacht Harbor towers when he played there, and he performed for that reception. We lived in Hawaii 28 years and found Bob Nelson's music to be the best of all. He also has the character, faith and skill to represent the music of the islands.

How can we contact him direct? I am interested in his well being and how he is doing with his music and all that, as we have loved him very much. I am also a singer, and he may know us that way.

Posted 8/17/12 at 10:08pm

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Carol Forsloff message

He is my step-grandfather. Let me consult with him regarding anyone contacting him and I'll get back to you. Thank you

Gretchen Benko
Posted 10/15/12 at 5:10pm

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Bob Nelson

Aloha Carol,
You must be one of Aunty Irene's childrens. I am Bob's cousin from Scottsdale, Arizona. I have been trying to get hold of him but haven't been successful. Hoping that you might be able to help me. Also, I would like to say my deepest sympathy to you and the family on the lost of Aunty Irene. She was such a sweetheart. She and my mother use to work together at Walmart here in Arizona before she went to work for the Casino. So Carol, if you could help me, I would greatly appreciate it. Mahalo, Gretchen(Gumpfer) Benko.

Malia (Henry) Sentinella
Posted 3/3/14 at 11:03am

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Old friends of Bob .. sad news about Henry

My husband Henry "Hank" Sentinella died on Oct. 31, 2013. He was a tour director in Hawaii for over 10 years and was friends with Bob and he took me to hear him play often.

For our 4 yr anniversary I secretly learned my first hula from Auntie Maiki Aiu Lake to surprise Hank and set it up with Bob to play it and call me up to dance. Hank almost fell out of his chair.

Anyway he is and always will be a big part of our memories. Love, Malia (Mary)

Dennis Fogarty
Posted 3/31/14 at 8:03pm

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Robert (Bob) Nelson

Why has an artist and composer such as Bob not been recognised over the years with his songs like Hanalei Moon and Maui Waltz as well as many others and he won Na Hoku awards in 1984 and 1989? I believe Bob has passed on now but I still love his music and am sure many others do as well.

Vicki Merritt
Posted 5/21/14 at 11:05pm

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Bob Nelson. May, 2014

Bob is currently playing at the Elks Club, Waikiki, on a Wednesday evening.from 5.30pm.

He is as wonderful as ever and has quite a following who come every week just to hear him. There is a special sign - in sheet for non Elks members.

His wonderful music sure gives everyone so much pleasure, as it always did back in da old days.

Posted 12/10/14 at 7:12pm

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Hanalei Moon

I am teaching a lovely hula to Hanalei Moon and wonder if you have any insight into the inspiration for your father's writing this beautiful, well known song.

jane Yamashiroya
Posted 5/11/15 at 4:05pm

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Condolences to the family of Musician Bob Nelson

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. My husband and I met him at Ala Moana Park very early in the morning when we did our daily walks around the park. He would be sitting and greeted us and we would talk to him while he waited for it to get a little lighted before he went in for a swim. We had missed him the last few months wondering why he wasn't showing up. He never revealed that he was not feeling well,
He was such a gentle, soft spoken man with a kind face. My husband and I will forever miss him but we will smile when we pass the chair that he always sat on when he greeted us.
With deep sympathy,

Patsy Shell
Posted 6/2/15 at 10:06am

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Bob Nelson passed ?

Hi D,
I see where you are his daughter. Aunty Juanita Thomas is my best friend & I knew your dad & Irene. I also knew your mom Cece. My hub worked for Chevron. I live in AZ & we'd sometimes see them before Irene passed away. Juanita & I were at our Kailua High reunion in Las Vegas & when she got back she heard your dad had passed. She has tried to call your sister or someone in family, but no return call. We all send our heartfelt condolences. What happened?
Patsy Shell (480-529-8014)
Lakeside, AZ

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