- New Book: Music Legends on Maui
- Acquired: Kanui & Lula (Grass Skirt Records)
- Sighted: Prince Jonah Kuhiō Kalanianaʻole (Mele Hoʻopulapula Vol. 1)
- Sighted: Keāiwaokulamanu by The Tuahine Troupe
- Aloha . . . ke huli hoʻi nei . . .
- Nā Palapalai CDs in 2020
- New CD: Kahekeonāpua by Kamaka Kukona
- New CDs in Hawaiian Music
- Happy Holidays 2019 !!
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Category Archives: Playlists
Back in 2010, I posted the listening assignments for my class “Music of Hawaiʻi.” It was a list of song titles, artists and album titles, leaving it up to the listener to look up the recordings. Now in this age … Continue reading
This morning I read a fascinating post on the “Hawaii Insider” blog at SFGate, the online home of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Memorable Mele: Your favorite Hawaiian music, part 1” It reminded me of early posts on this blog, when I … Continue reading
The publication of Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History (edited by George S. Kanahele) in 1979 marked a significant milestone. Under the auspices of the Hawaiian Music Foundation, Dr. Kanahele marshalled the efforts of dozens of authors and contributors … Continue reading
Among vocal styles in Hawaiian music, falsetto — leo ki‘eki‘e–occupies a prominent position. Well, all vocal styles in Hawaiian music are important. But like anything else, some vocal styles are more prominent than others, ‘eā? Falsetto singing on its own … Continue reading
Kui Lee, songwriter/beachboy, blazed the path for songwriters in Hawai‘i to express a perspective rooted in Hawai‘i. And that perspective was everything that hapa haole songs were NOT. No romanticizing fantasies. No longing to return to a place away from … Continue reading
An early post on this blog introduced the genre of mele Hawai‘i songs. The term “mele Hawai‘i” invites pondering. Does it refer to any Hawaiian song? Mele = “poetic text;” Hawai‘i = Hawai‘i as in the place, or Hawaiian as … Continue reading
From Ancient to Modern. From kuahu to ʻauana. Here we go! A. HULA PAHU There are many excellent recordings to choose from. The CD Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants (Smithsonian Folkways SF-40015) makes available important historical recordings by chanters Kuluwaimaka, Pua … Continue reading
This blog is the perfect place to share the listening assignment playlists that students in my Hawaiian music course at UH-Mānoa. This particular playlist also complements a post “Oli–Five Genres” from November 23, 2009. Oli in kepakepa style 1. “A … Continue reading
Lena Machado — he leo ha‘i mai ka lani, he haku mele mai ka na‘au. A voice from the heavens, a composer from within. A towering presence in Hawaiian music. Her mele are a priceless legacy. The lyrics come from … Continue reading