Gilbert P. Belmudez
1150 Buena Vista Ave.
Pomona, Ca 91766
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©1990 Gilbert P. Belmudez and
Maui Magic Collection®©1991
Gilbert P. Belmudez
©2012 Gilbert P. Belmudez
You Kuuipo rated No.
46 of Hawaii's 50 all time songs!
Gilbert Belmudez, was cited in the
June 2007 issue of Honolulu
Magazine (see No. 46) for the lyrics to the song, “You Kuuipo”.
His contribution is listed as No. 46 of the “50 Greatest Songs of
chosen in Hawaii by a special panel of musicians, historians and
Born in Upland and raised in Pomona, California, Gilbert Belmudez lived on the
island of Maui in the
1980’s where he originally wrote a number of rough draft poems.
In 1987 he moved to San Diego and began crafting a sizeable
collection of poetry and lyrics resulting in a work
introduced to Willie Kahaialii, "You Kuuipo". it has since
been recorded by Willie A. Kahaialii, Glenn
Medeiros, the Cazimero Brothers and with Amy Gilliom in the
album, “Amy and Willie Live”, a 2005 Grammy Award Nominee for “Best Hawaiian Music Album” of the
lyrics and the story
MAGIC – The Story
2012 Gilbert P Belmudez
I was thirty years old when,
for the first time, I landed in Hawaii on April Fools Day,
1980. I had no place
no job prospect and I knew no one. Knowing little about Hawaii, from the very moment I arrived at
Honolulu Airport I was mesmerized by the beauty and confused with
what I should do. I had no bank account, no credit cards and only
about two hundred dollars to live on.
My luggage consisted of a full duffle bag,
sleeping bag and a Mexican blanket. I walked through the airport
and stopped at an airport locker where I took off my boots, put on my
flip-flops and put my dufflebag in an locker I rented for two
Into the sleeping bag I rolled up the
necessities such as toiletries, shorts, a towel, one change of clothing
and the Mexican blanket.
With the sleeping bag over my shoulder I
walked out into the most beautiful blue sky with puffy white clouds I
had ever seen. The air was crisp with a light fragrance of
tropical flowers. Asking a few questions it wasn't hard to find
the bus area outside the airport and I boarded a bus marked "Honolulu /
It is hard to remember exactly what
I saw as the bus traveled along a coastal highway but in general
my observations were that of swaying palm trees, green hillsides and a
coast filled with the colors of dark lava, white sand and blue
waves sparkling with glints of sunlight..
The rest of the story will be published in the near future.
Gilbert Belmudez, Maui, 1984
©1984 Gilbert P. Belmudez
YOU KUUIPO ©1990 Gilbert P. Belmudez and
®©1991 in the Maui Magic Collection by Gilbert P. Belmudez.
Written as an aloha to the Hawaiian Islands and dedicated
to the memory of Eleanor
Makepa Fojas Stewart. Read the words to You Kuuipo as they