John Kanaka | Kids Song Lyrics and Guitar Chords (Lead Sheet)

The name “Kanaka” is given to the Sandwich Islanders who traveled by ship between California and the Sandwich Islands and eventually formed a colony in San Diego.  The name answered to both collectively and individually. As their proper names were often difficult to pronounce, the captains or crews gave them other names. Some were named after the ship in which they sailed, and others after common names such as Bill, Tom or John. Read more…

Print Free Sheet Music

This printable lead sheet includes the melody, guitar chords and lyrics for John Kanaka. It’s in the key of D Major.

John Kanaka Guitar Lead Sheet



Lyrics for ‘John Kanaka’

I heard, I heard, the Old Man say,
John Kanaka-naka tu-lai-e!
Today, today is a holiday!
John Kanaka-naka tu-lai-e!
Tu-lai-e!, oh, tu-lai-e!
John Kanaka-naka tu-lai-e!
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Video for ‘John Kanaka’

Check out this video for John Kanaka performed at the 16th Festival of Sailing Song Charzykowy, August 10, 2013.


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