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COURTESY KAIMANA MUSIC

Kaimana Band offers fine debut

COURTESY KAIMANA MUSIC

Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 9:04 pm
With credits going back more than a quarter-century, multitalented Rodney Bejer provides a solid foundation for any contemporary local group. Read More
COURTESY KEALIA FARMS RECORD COMPANY
                                George Kahumoku Jr. presents a retrospective on his work as a songwriter with this recently released CD.

Kahumoku covers almost 40 years of making Hawaiian music

COURTESY KEALIA FARMS RECORD COMPANY
                                George Kahumoku Jr. presents a retrospective on his work as a songwriter with this recently released CD.

Updated on  March 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm
George Kahumoku Jr. presents a retrospective on his work as a songwriter with this recently released CD. Read More
COURTESY MELEANA BROWN
                                Meleana Brown performing “White Walls” the day of her album release in November.

Meleana Brown’s debut blends pop, urban and ‘club music’

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                                Meleana Brown performing “White Walls” the day of her album release in November.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm
Born and raised in Hawaii, Meleana Brown is one of the countless entertainers with Hawaii roots who is successfully pursuing a career on the mainland. Read More
COURTESY MOONSURFER PRODUCTIONS
                                The recently released CD “Eddie Would Go” was updated from a version recorded last summer. The newly designed CD cover is shown.

Lee Gonsalves’ new CD pays tribute to ‘the Eddie’

COURTESY MOONSURFER PRODUCTIONS
                                The recently released CD “Eddie Would Go” was updated from a version recorded last summer. The newly designed CD cover is shown.

Updated on  February 1, 2017 at 7:15 pm
Musician-songwriter Lee Gonsalves teamed up with Hawaii record industry veterans Gordon Broad and Dave Tucciarone last summer to record “Eddie Would Go.” Read More
 
COURTESY BLA PAHINUI
                                Milan Bertosa, left, James Ganeko, Byron Lai, and Bla Pahinui.

Artist ‘Bla’ Pahinui puts his spin on rock and blues hits

COURTESY BLA PAHINUI
                                Milan Bertosa, left, James Ganeko, Byron Lai, and Bla Pahinui.

Updated on  December 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm
James Daniel “Bla” Pahinui — “Bla” for short — has a lifetime of achievements as a slack-key master and Hawaiian recording artist. Read More
 
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A digital-only album has recording artists tackling issues

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Updated on  December 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm
The diversity to be found among Hawaii’s music makers is well represented with this download-only compilation album by producer-studio musician Ace Loughmiller. Read More

Cypriano adds local, heartfelt touches to Christmas tunes

Nohelani Cypriano won a battle of the bands contest in the early 1970s as a member of an all-girl band. A few years later she was rocking Waikiki. Read More
Updated on  December 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Mana Mele’s latest CD includes a newly written song

Mana Mele is the music and multimedia arm of Mana Maoli, a nonprofit whose music programs give students the opportunity to work with music industry professionals. Read More
Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm
COURTESY ISLAND VIKING
                                “The Pearl Harbor Songs.”

Haugen gathers songs for Pearl Harbor commemoration

COURTESY ISLAND VIKING
                                “The Pearl Harbor Songs.”

Updated on  December 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Keith Haugen — prolific island songwriter, recording artist and record producer — is the first Hawaii resident to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with commemorative music. Read More
COURTESY KEALIA FARMS RECORD CO.

Kicking off Christmas with music

COURTESY KEALIA FARMS RECORD CO.

Updated on  November 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm
Reviews of local musicians’ latest album releases Read More
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O’Sullivan’s musical tour celebrates the North Shore

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Updated on  November 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm
Hawaii-born Ian O’Sullivan has followed his 2013 debut album, “Born and Raised,” with a second collection of acoustic guitar instrumentals. Read More
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Slack-key guitarist Ledward Kaapana shows his skill with other string instruments

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Updated on  November 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm
Ledward Kaapana is rightly known as one of the greatest Hawaiian slack-key guitarists of his generation, but the soft-spoken virtuoso plays several other string instruments with comparable skill. Read More
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Yoza’s latest album builds on previous releases

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Updated on  October 20, 2016 at 7:08 pm
Hoku Award-winning singer-songwriter Yoza builds on the foundation of her first two releases with this six-song CD. Read More
MAKANA MUSIC

Makana bids aloha with diverse CD

MAKANA MUSIC

Updated on  October 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm
With this aptly titled 13-song CD, Makana, who is off to travel the world before moving to Los Angeles, bids farewell to Hawaii and the current chapter of his career with a final demonstration of the breadth and depth of his repertoire. Read More
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Kupaoa’s new album highlights band’s many talents

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Updated on  October 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm
In the eight years since the release of their debut album, “Pili o ke Ao,” Kellen Paik and Kelikolihau Hannahs Paik have become one of the power duos in contemporary Hawaiian music. Read More
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Traditional Hawaiian music lives

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Updated on  September 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm
The self-titled debut album by Keauhou — Zachary Alaka‘i Lum (guitar/vocals), Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio (ukulele/vocals) and Nicholas Keali‘i Lum (acoustic bass/vocals) — is the latest to show that while many local musicians have jumped on the “reggae train” since 1989, others are keeping Hawaiian music alive and moving forward. Read More

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