About The Song

Ah, Hawaii. The land of swaying palm trees, gentle ocean breezes, and the sweet sounds of ukulele serenades. Elvis Presley’sEnchanted Island (Ku-U-I-Po)” transports listeners to this idyllic paradise, offering a glimpse into a different side of the King – one embracing the beauty and romance of the Hawaiian islands.

Released in 1961 as part of the soundtrack for the film Blue Hawaii, “Enchanted Island (Ku-U-I-Po)” might surprise listeners familiar with Elvis’s rock and roll anthems. Here, we hear a relaxed and carefree Elvis, his voice blending seamlessly with the gentle strumming of ukuleles and the rhythmic sway of Hawaiian music.

The title itself, “Ku-U-I-Po,” translates to “Beloved” in Hawaiian, setting the tone for a song filled with romantic imagery. The lyrics paint a picture of a love story unfolding under the Hawaiian moon, with Elvis singing about the beauty of his beloved and the magic of the island paradise. Lines like “The moon above, the stars so bright” and “Enchanted island, where dreams come true” create a sense of wonder and escapism, perfectly capturing the allure of Hawaii. Elvis delivers these lyrics with a touch of sweetness and a hint of longing, his voice conveying the enchantment of the island and the joy of newfound love.

Musically, the song is a delightful blend of Hawaiian and pop influences. The gentle ukulele melody forms the backbone, accompanied by the rhythmic strumming of a guitar and the soft harmonies of backing vocals. There are no driving beats or flashy guitar solos here. “Enchanted Island (Ku-U-I-Po)” is all about creating a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, a perfect soundtrack for swaying under the palm trees.

While not a rock and roll anthem, “Enchanted Island (Ku-U-I-Po)” showcases Elvis Presley’s versatility and his ability to connect with listeners through different musical styles. It’s a reminder that the King of Rock and Roll could also be the King of Hawaiian serenades, offering a glimpse into the beauty and romance of the islands through his captivating vocals and the laid-back charm of the song. So, put on your headphones, close your eyes, and let Elvis transport you to a tropical paradise with “Enchanted Island (Ku-U-I-Po)”.