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Na Leo builds cred with ‘Beautiful Day’

• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 10:26 am
“Beautiful” is an apt description of their recently released CD. All three members contribute as song writers. They also distinguish themselves as interpreters of other writers’ work with soothing inspirational treatments of “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” “Let Him Fly” and “Lean On My Shoulder.” Read More

Nathan Aweau’s ‘Mau Loa’ an impressive one-man project

• Updated on  June 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm
Nathan Aweau’s latest recording, “Mau Loa,” displays Aweau’s immense capabilities as a singer, songwriter, musician and producer in impressive style. Read More

Richard Natto caps career with ‘Life’

• Updated on  May 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm
The release of multi-talented Richard Natto’s new CD caps a career that goes back to the 1970s and his on-again, off-again musical partnership with Dave Toma. Read More

Waipuna celebrates 10 years of music

Wai‘puna’s 10th anniversary album reflects on the meaning of their name — it refers to a deep well spring where fresh water bursts forth — with songs that connect in one way or another to the cultural and spiritual foundations of the group. Read More

Superhero Rökkstar embraces indulgent life with memorable album

• Updated on  May 12, 2018 at 10:25 am
The race for the 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best rock album is off to a great start with the release of the debut album “Feedback Saves The 7” by Superhero Rökkstar. Read More

Kurosawa debut a somber statement


• Updated on  May 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm
With this EP by second-generation island entertainer Nick Kurosawa, Roger Bong and his label have moved beyond reissues of ’80s out-of-print local pop recordings into the business of recording new local artists. Read More

Maui Jam Band features Hawaiian standards

• Updated on  April 19, 2018 at 5:58 pm
Multi-instrumentalist Al Nip is the leader, primary vocalist and solid foundation of the Maui Jam Band, made up of Valley Isle residents who play Hawaiian and hapa-haole standards. Read More

Gordon Broad and Rod Young present a collection of songs about Windward Oahu

• Updated on  April 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm
This two-disc CD is a collection of new recordings of songs Broad has written over the years about people and places on Windward Oahu. They’re presented in geographical order going from Laie down to Waimanalo. Read More

Hollinger returns; ‘Collaborations’ introduces Rendezvous

• Updated on  March 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm
Two-time Hoku Award winner Stuart Hollinger returns with his third album, drawing on a variety of genres to present songs reminiscent of the Police, Steely Dan and Crosby Stills & Nash — but nothing sounds borrowed from other artists. Read More

Stephen Inglis pays homage to Grateful Dead

• Updated on  March 22, 2018 at 5:53 pm
Until now Stephen Inglis has had the most visibility for his work as a musical associate of slack key master Dennis Kamakahi. Read More

Randy Parker shares 30 years of music on an anthology

• Updated on  March 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm
With “Happy to Be Me,” Hawaii Island singer/songwriter Randy Parker is sharing 30 years of original music. Read More

Sean Cleland makes memorable solo debut

• Updated on  March 9, 2018 at 12:23 am
Multitalented Sean Cleland has been best known until now as a member of the Hollow Spheres, a quartet he helped found in 2009. He builds on that solid foundation as a solo artist. Read More

Ohta Jr. and Tolentino tap stars for new album

• Updated on  February 25, 2018 at 11:06 pm
The Hawaiian word “kaona” refers to hidden meanings in song lyrics or poetry. Those who know the kaona get the deeper meanings; those who don’t, miss out. Read More

Chock, Aranita albums satisfy hapa-haole, world music fans

• Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Michael Chock’s second project as a solo recording artist began with his discovery of the guitarlele — an ukulele with two additional lower strings. Read More

Rich Crandall, Jimmy C revive songs of yesteryear

• Updated on  February 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Promoter and host Rich Crandall created a weekly jazz showcase called Studio 6 at the Musicians’ Union building in the mid-1990s. A piano player, Crandall recorded “Live at Studio 6” with Dean Taba on acoustic bass and Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums. Read More

Kahulanui sequel features assortment of Hawaiian, hapa-haole songs

• Updated on  January 12, 2018 at 6:54 pm
Kahulanui released its long-awaited second album “Mele Ho‘olino” as 2017 was ending. It’s a fresh assortment of Hawaiian and hapa-haole songs that spans two centuries. Read More

Kahumoku pays tribute to his grandma with classic slack key stylings

• Updated on  January 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm
George Kahumoku returns to the music of his childhood with this collection of songs that he grew up listening to in the early 1950s. Read More

Storm brings astrological concepts into new solo project

• Updated on  December 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm
Sandy “Storm” Essman is the alpha female in Gerard K. Gonsalves’ hard-rocking Tin Idol Productions ohana. Read More

Kuana Torres Kahele honors Molokai on newest album

• Updated on  December 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm
With “‘Aina Momona (Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol. 6),” multi-Hoku Award winner Kuana Torres Kahele continues to make good on his unprecedented commitment to record and release six full-length albums of newly written songs — each about a different Hawaiian island. Read More

Hoku Award-winner Kahiapo creates benefit anthology

• Updated on  December 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm
Multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Kawika Kahiapo is the producer and driving force behind this economically packaged anthology released to benefit the Hawaii Autism Foundation. Joining him are 13 other Hawaii recording artists — almost all ofthem are also Hoku Award winners. Read More

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