Thanks for posting this tune; it's a very nice arrangement of a piece I first came across many years ago when it appeared in the magazine BMG (= Banjo Mandolin Guitar) a magazine that was published by the Clifford Essex Music Co. from its premises in Earlham St. off Seven Dials in the Covent Garden area of London. That arrangement (in D major) was made by Peter Sensier who some will remember as a fairly important person in the guitar scene in the 1960s and early 70s. With his wife, Dorothy, he used to appear on BBC radio billed as 'Dorita y Pepe' performing South American vocal and instrumental music. He also made guitars and vihuelas and arranged music for BMG - mainly renaissance transcriptions as I recall. In fact I learned to play Dowland's 'Queen Elizabeth Galliard 'from his arrangement and studying his arrangements was one of my inspirations for my own interest in arranging.
As for the tune itself it is, I believe, the best known piece by Queen Lili'uokalani, who was the first queen and last monarch of the kingdom of Hawaii. I learned about her life last year when I researched a presentation to a music group I run on music by kings, queens, princes and princesses. I used a recording of 'Aloha Oe' made by Johnny Cash as part of his last album, recorded in 2003 (about 4 months before his death, when he was already gravely ill). Lili'uokalani had quite a turbulent history which I can't really write about here as it's so tied in to USA politics at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, but there's a Wikipedia article about her that covers her life. 'Aloha Oe' is a song that even got the Elvis Presley treatment - in the 1961 film 'Blue Hawaii' and plenty of other recording artists have had a go - Burl Ives, Marty Robbins, Bing Crosby - and the one and only Les Paul (and his trio) to name but a few.
Eric from GuitarLoot
Renaissance and Baroque freak; classical guitars by Lester Backshall (2008), Ramirez (Guitarra del Tiempo 2017),
Yamaha (SLG 130NW silent classical guitar 2014).