Category Archives: What Iʻm Listening To . . .

What Iʻm Listening To . . . Hāliu vols. 1-3 by Kūpaoa

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

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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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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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what Iʻm listening to . . . KAHULANUI !!

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

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What Iʻm Listening To: Natalie Ai Kamauu

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

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What Iʻm Listening To . . .

“Kamehameha Trilogy” WAIPUNAʻs new CD E Ho‘i Mai arrived in my mailbox about a week ago, thanks to Lynn at Me Ke Aloha Online Hawaiian Store. WAIPUNA is Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat.  E Ho‘i Mai is their 2nd CD. … Continue reading

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