Author Archives: amykstillman

New Book: Music Legends on Maui

Music Legends on Maui: Conversations with Icons of Rock, Country, Jazz, Blues, Hawaiian, Soul & Reggae in Paradise, by Jon Woodhouse (Maui: Arkadia Maui, 2022) Here is the blurb: Compiling more than 80 interviews conducted over four decades, Music … Continue reading


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Acquired: Kanui & Lula (Grass Skirt Records)

Happy July, Dear Readers! I was so delighted when my order of “Kanui & Lula” arrived. This is the latest in the series of early Hawaiian recordings produced by Les Cook on his Grass Skirt Records. It exceeds his prior … Continue reading

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Sighted: Prince Jonah Kuhiō Kalanianaʻole (Mele Hoʻopulapula Vol. 1)

Okay folks, here is another conceptual collection: songs about Prince Kuhiō, with particular emphasis on Hawaiian Homes location. Artists include Del Beazley, Mamu Boyd, Hailama Farden, Raiatea Helm, Kihei Nalahe-a, Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio. The physical CD includes a beautiful booklet … Continue reading

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Sighted: Keāiwaokulamanu by The Tuahine Troupe

Imagine my surprise and pleasure, after roaming around Honolulu for two weeks, and hitting the usual haunts — Hungry Ear Records, Ideas, Barnes & Noble, and finding almost nothing new. Then walking into Aloha Hula Supply and wow: a new … Continue reading

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Aloha . . . ke huli hoʻi nei . . .

Howit. Years have passed but my passion for Hawaiian music has not waned. But in the meantime, galactic changes in the world . . . a pandemic . . . Recalibrating anything and everything!! Including wanting to resurrect “Hawaiian Music … Continue reading

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Nā Palapalai CDs in 2020

Streaming only; available in iTunes Store and Amazon.

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New CD: Kahekeonāpua by Kamaka Kukona

Kamaka Kukonaʻs third CD is here:  Kahekeonāpua. The greatest of flowers. Itʻs a great listen. I can hardly wait for my hard copy to arrive — I need the liner notes to answer many questions.  

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New CDs in Hawaiian Music

Dear Readers, Artists are still making and recording music, but largely without the benefit of record labels, distribution, and retail sales outlets. So I shall be tracking new CD releases as I learn about them–mainly through social media. Faith Ako, … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays 2019 !!

Dear Readers, I am struck by the direction of new CD releases toward themed projects with multi-artist collaborations. Here is a gathering of the notables that I highly recommend supporting. I urge you all to consider supporting with $$ as … Continue reading

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Ke huli hoʻi nei

Dear Readers — Itʻs been over a year since my last post here. A lot has happened since. But among other things, I think itʻs time to resume thinking out loud about my greatest passion — Hawaiian music and hula. … Continue reading

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