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Island Mele: ‘Marketplace’ a welcome memento; ‘Humility’ displays mastery

“Marketplace,” the first album of Cyril Pahinui’s music to be released after his death, was already on the way when the multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning slack key master died last month. Read More

Island Mele: Na‘auao mixes cultures with ‘Keiki,’ Storm returns

Reviews of new music released by Hawaii-based artists by Star-Advertiser music critic John Berger. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Love Doll’ scores; ‘Blues’ a convincing debut

If the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts has a Na Hoku Hanohano Award category for comedy albums in 2019, Joe Kingston’s “Love Doll” will certainly be a front-runner. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Holidays’ a delight; ‘Homeless Man’ calls for compassion

Hawaii recording artists aren’t releasing Christmas albums at the rate they did 10 or 20 years ago, so Kuana Torres Kahele’s beautifully packaged CD is a welcome seasonal treat. Also, Lee Gonsalves speaks eloquently of the plight of Hawaii’s homeless. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Best of Kalapana’ includes rarities, head-scratching selections

Forty-five years after Malani Bilyeu, Mackey Feary, D.J. Pratt and Kirk Thompson founded Kalapana, the group stands next to Cecilio & Kapono as one of the two biggest Hawaii recording acts of the 1970s. Read More
 

Island Mele: Keauhou completes voyage; Kaleo Phillips makes solid debut

With the release of “Ua Ko, Ua ‘Aina” earlier this month, multi-Hoku Award-winners Keauhou complete a three-year, three-album musical voyage. Also, Maui resident Kaleo Phillips makes a solid first impression with his debut album. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Two Sides to Every Story,’ ‘Constant as the Moon’

Old-time island recording artist Alan Thomas makes a welcome return to the local music scene, and Wade Cambern and Tsun-Hui Hung present standards from several locales. Read More
 

Island Mele: Elijah Sky makes strong solo debut

Elijah Sky, 27, a member of the celebrated musical Farden ohana, is stepping out as a solo artist in Hawaii after several years working with a reggae group in California. Read More

Island Mele: Herb Ohta Jr. shows mastery; Storm returns

There’s an unmentioned note of irony in the title of the new album “Ukulele Hula” as ukulele master Herb Ohta Jr., explores several generations of songs popular with halau hula. Read More

Island Mele: Jake Shimabukuro, Haole Kid Local Boy Blues Project

Jake Shimabukuro leads a large group of musicians and vocalists on an imaginative musical odyssey that spans several genres of contemporary music. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Songs of C&K’ a collection of updated classics

“The Songs of C&K” is a compilation recorded by a younger generation of artists, with each providing their own twist on classic Cecilio and Kapono tunes. Read More

Jason Gay’s ‘Dynasty’ presents Chinese tunes as jazz

Rather than rework compositions from the Great American Jazz Songbook, or test the market for original melodies, saxaphone player Jason Gay is introducing listeners to songs written or co-written by Chinese composers. Read More

Storm previews next album with ‘30 Minutes’

Frank De Lima wasn’t the only one who found inspiration in January’s infamous “false alarm” ballistic missile incident. Read More

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

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