Category Archives: recordings

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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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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Wai – Waiwai – Waipuna

Waipunaʻs self-titled release (Poki SP-9089) celebrates the groupʻs 10th anniversary. Originally a duo of Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi came on board by the time of the groupʻs EP, Nāpili, released in 2013. Their 2014 release, E Mau … Continue reading

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Take 5: Hiʻilawe

Aloha Dear Readers!  Iʻve been intensely going through over 100 commercially-released recordings of the song “Hiʻilawe.” Here are my personal picks (in no particular order): Lito Arkangel. All 13 verses, rendered in beautiful Hawaiian pronunciation. From the CD me ke … Continue reading

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E Mau Ke Ea o Ka ʻĀina

Jon Osorioʻs powerful 2010 commentary in Honolulu Civil Beat is making the rounds on social media once again. Speaking of Hawaiian conceptions of independence, Jon offers a powerful statement on ea: Independence — ea — for us was a basic right … Continue reading

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Take 5: “Ua Like No A Like”

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

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on my mind . . . GRAMMY Awards 2015

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

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Hawaiian Music appears on Decca Records

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

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Take 5: Hawaiian War Chant / Kāua i ka Huahua’i

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

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