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Lyrics of Aloha for Sunday, March 7, 2021

Aloha everyone! Here is another one of my songs and why I composed it: I live on Kamalu Road, behind the Sleeping Giant Mountain. Gloria and I were the only ones living in Queens Acres at the time. There was a narrow road full of pukas (holes) to go on. The car would bump up and down until we came to a better road. They finally fixed it. So, that gave me the idea to write about it. Hope you like it. There are still lots of pukas in the roads today.

Puka Puka Road

Puka puka puka, puka puka puka, puka puka road

I took my wahine for a ho-lo-ho-lo ka- all over this Garden Isle

Just when she sat beside me the car jumped like a toad

I couldn’t put my arms around my wahine because of the puka road


The road runs high,

the road runs low,

as long as the road is smooth

I don’t care where it goes

Puka puka puka, puka puka puka, puka puka road

I hope and pray

I’ll see the day

The puka roads are all okay,

Okay, the roads are all okay.


Larry Rivera has been a musician on Kaua‘i for more than six decades, and shares the stories behind his songs in “Lyrics of Aloha,” appearing once a month in the Sunday edition of The Garden Island. Win prizes and earn an entry in the Vacations Hawai‘i Vegas vacation for two drawing by listening to KONG radio the following Monday and Tuesday between 6 and 8 a.m. and taking part in a contest based on the column.

  1. YuCalJoe March 7, 2021 6:06 am Reply

    Mahalo Larry for all that you do. You make our visits to Kauai special by allowing us to see you perform around the island. We hope to see you during our visit in July. Blessings to you, Gloria, and to your amazing and talented family. You are Aloha in its purest form.

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