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Pe’a’s second CD ‘award worthy’

Kalani Pe‘a made history early in 2017 when he became the first Hawaii-resident recording artist to win a Grammy Award since Hawaiian music was absorbed by the catch-all Regional Roots Music category. Read More

Maggie Herron ‘Ton of Trouble’ a musical buffet

Two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner singer/pianist Maggie Herron is back with an album “born during a year of flu, a broken arm and a natural lowering of my vocal range.” Read More

Quadraphonix ‘M-130’ offers a rich combination of styles

Quadraphonix celebrates the release of “M-130” on Friday at the New Ong King Art Center in the old Blaisdell Hotel on Fort Street Mall. Read More

Uluwehi Guerrero’s “E Mau ana ka Ha‘aheo” shares his aloha

Kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero isn’t a man who rushes to release new albums. Quite the opposite. Read More

Singer/songwriter Aja demonstrates value of liner notes with ‘Pilina’

This beautiful full-length album by singer/songwriter Aja (aka Aja Gample) shows the value of liner notes that include song lyrics and their English translations. Read More
 

Na Leo builds cred with ‘Beautiful Day’

“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

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’

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

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
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Kurosawa debut a somber statement

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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