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Category Archives: What Iʻm Listening To . . .
First, a story. About ten years ago, I sat in Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance, California, listening to a concert by the incomparable Kekuhi Kanahele. She pulled out all the stops on her array of oli-infused vocal … 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
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
It is so rare when the luxury presents itself to sit with a CD and listen to it from start to finish. Equally rare–or perhaps more so–is the experience of having a CD draw in the listener by its very … Continue reading