Hal Aloma


Harold David Alama began his career with his brother Sam Alama at the Alexander Young and Moana hotels. He went to New York with Lani McIntire and played at the Hotel Lexington's Hawaiian Room for nearly four years. He played at New York's Luau 400 for seven years and joined Tommy Dorsey's band for several years. He moved into television with Arthur Godfrey, Perry Como and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and To Tell the Truth. He toured extensively and was the band leader at the Polynesian Village for the grand opening of Disney World. He appears with Tommy Dorsey in the MGM film Ship Ahoy.

Hal was also a composer and 65 of his songs were recorded, including 'Echoes of the South Pacific,' 'Lokelani,' 'Wiki Wiki Mai,' 'Pretty Maori Girl' and 'When It's Luau Time in Hawaii.'

Biographical material from Tony Todaro, The Golden Years of Hawaiian Entertainment (Tony Todaro Pub., 1974).