on my mind . . .

I stand corrected. According to Lynn Piccoli as well as Auntie Mariaʻs comment,

There are 2 other companies in Hawai`i which still distribute Hawaiian music, and both are located on O`ahu. Pacific Hawaiian (Waipahu) and Music Craft (Aiea).

So there are three distributors of Hawaiian music on Oʻahu. But with the demise of Aloha Music International, the number of artists outside established distribution networks has grown.

Which also leads to a certain level of frustration for customers who want to buy Hawaiian music recordings.

Retail venues for Hawaiian Music on Oʻahu include Barnes & Noble at Ala Moana, Target stores, Native Books, Hungry Ear Records, Harryʻs Music Store. On the neighboring islands, retail outlets include Basically Books in Hilo, Paradise Music on Kauaʻi, and Request Music on Maui. There are more independent retailers throughout Hawaiʻi who carry Hawaiian music, and it would be valuable to have a directory. Wouldnʻt that be a natural project for the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) to develop and maintain?

Online retail sources include mele.com, mkaloha.com, Amazon.com, the iTunes Store, I suppose Google Play is in play (?), and CDBaby. Are there other online sources that Hawaiian music fans should be following?

Artistsʻ websites 

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4 Responses to on my mind . . .

  1. Auntie Maria says:

    Another online source is CD Universe.

  2. Leahi says:

    Walmart stores in the islands still offers (a smaller and smaller) selection of Hawaiian CDs. Hawaiianmusicstore.com (which is Paradise Music’s online store also located at paradisemusicstore.com) offers CDs online. The distributors sell directly now e.g. mountainapplecompany.com. On the mainland, Kapalakiko I Ke Aloha (kapalakiko.org) in the San Francisco Bay Area sells a wide selection of CDs at various Hawaiian Festivals, concerts and at their annual fundraising events (plans to offer the selection online is pending). Aloha Warehouse in SF also offers a selection of Hawaiian CDs (again a smaller and smaller selection). Unfortunately, the advent of downloadable music from the internet (iTunes, Amazon) and streaming options and Apps such as, iTunes Radio, Pandora, Spotify and directly from Hawaiian Music radio stations (e.g. KPOA) also with their own Apps has impacted the demand for, and availability, of CDs. Although all of these new avenues for listening to Hawaiian music are great, I wonder how much this is going to impact the artists’ ability to sell CDs/internet downloads in the future. Is selling a CD or downloadable version a more lucrative way of making money than plays on a station? Maybe it is more lucrative to get paid by play in perpetuity in the end? I do not know the economics of either, so I don’t really know, but I hope the artists will come out whole or better because of the this new application of technology. For me, I like to have a hard-copy CDs because they usually include a wealth of information in the CD inserts, like the lyrics and translations, and more about the artists and composers mana’o, etc. Although, I have noticed more artist not including this information with the CD, some of it is available online on their web sites (the lyrics, but not always the translation and some background). In any case, it is certainly difficult for those of us who are collectors of Hawaiian Music CDs.

  3. Auntie Maria says:

    FYI – Kamaka Kukona just posted brick & mortar stores where folks can find his CD, and thought this list would be appropriate to post here: Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Jelly’s, Hungry Ear, Barnes and Noble, Don Quijote, Military Outlets, Sam’s Club, and Native Books.

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