- Gifts of Support 2016
- Disneyʻs “Moana” — Musical Musings
- Aloha 2016!
- A mystery: “Nanea kō maka i ka leʻaleʻa”
- Hoʻolohe Hou Radio
- Bibliographies: Collections of Lyrics, Ukulele Books pages are up!
- kaleimailealii.net is stealing content again
- Resource!! A video archives at UH West Oahu
- What Iʻm Listening To . . . Hāliu vols. 1-3 by Kūpaoa
- on my mind . . . Where am I?
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Category Archives: recordings
So Iʻm looking at some of the “tune itineraries”–chronological discographies of individual songs that illustrate a songʻs journeys. Here are a few nuggets from the itinerary for “Ua Like No A Like” by Alice Everett. 1. Earliest publication of sheet music? … Continue reading
Wishing Kamaka Kukona aloha on his remarkable journey as kumu hula and recording artist. Already recognized as Best New Artist in Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, his debut album Hanu ʻAʻala is a nominee for a GRAMMY Award in the Best … Continue reading
Aloha Dear Readers! Iʻve been working on discography research. Sometimes its exhilarating; sometimes itʻs just painful. Details, details details. The Devil is always in the details. I returned to Decca Records, and the oh-so-marvelous 6-volume discography titled The Decca Labels, … Continue reading
Actually 1 Take today. But more to follow. Here are several facts. “Kāua i ka Huahua’i” is understood to be a love song by Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku. The earliest known printed version of the songʻs lyrics is in the book … Continue reading
From the liner notes: “Hanu, to inhale and breathe in the essence of life. ʻAʻala, a sweet fragrance that captivates the senses. . . . Hanu ʻAʻala, a solo debut recording effort.” Kumu Hula Kamaka Kukonaʻs debut album is abundant … Continue reading
Aloha Dear Readers! As the year draws to a close, I am drawn to reflect on the Hawaiian music CDs that have come onto my radar. I do not pretend to offer a comprehensive review, because as you know, I … Continue reading
morning aloha, dear readers! To flag and share some of those head-scratching moments, Iʻm starting a new thread called “Hawaiian musicians in unexpected places.” The lesson here is simple–never judge a book by its cover. For starters: would you give … Continue reading
Hula Ku’i — a new CD by Kahulanui. New arrangements of vintage midcentury songs, complete with vintage instrumentation and crisp playing techniques, and produced to gold-medal blue-ribbon standards on Charles Michael Brotman’s Palm Records label. “Hawaiian swing at its finest,” writes Skylark Rosetti in … Continue reading
We all love lists. Or at least magazine editors and bloggers like to that lists of “The Best . . . ” would sell lots of copies, or result in lots of hits. There are many ways to compile such … Continue reading
Kī hō‘alu literally means “loosen the key.” It characterizes the Hawaiian playing style, in which the standard guitar tuning is altered by slackening the strings. The playing style, executed by a single player, combines plucking a bass line on the … Continue reading