Category Archives: recordings

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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What Iʻm Listening To: Kamaka Kukona, Hanu ʻAʻala

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

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2013 Hawaiian Music CDs in Review

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

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What Iʻm listening to: uh, let’s call it “Hawaiian musicians in unexpected places”

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

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