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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

Brother Noland’s latest brings together diverse genres

Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm
Thirty-three years and 11 albums later after his breakout album “Pacific Bad Boy,” Brother Noland continues to follow his imagination and knit together ideas from diverse genres of contemporary music with “His Songs His Stories His Styles.” Read More

Kumu hula Hewett shares traditions on ‘Pili Me Ke Aloha’

Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Kawaikapuokalani Hewett is one of the few culturally significant kumu hula who is equally significant as a recording artist. His new album lives up to expectations in all respects. Read More

Collection marks 20 years since IZ’s death

Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm
In the 20 years since he died of weight-related health problems at the age of 38, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole has become bigger in death than he was in life. Read More

New Hope Oahu offers polished praise

Updated on  November 5, 2017 at 10:44 pm
The second half of the 20th century saw the rise of a new type of Christian music that was much closer to pop than traditional hymns or African-American gospel music. Read More

TV pitchman Bonilla documents life with new comedy CD

Updated on  October 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm
Daryl Bonilla has been known for years for his work as a local stage actor and as the guy who says “That’s my bank!” With “What Year You Grad?” he steps forward as the latest local-style stand-up comic with a CD documenting his work on stage. Read More

3 isle musicians blend traditions on new CD

Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm
One of the unanswerable questions about the evolution of Hawaiian music is why Hawaiian musicians adopted and adapted some non-Hawaiian instruments and not others. Three Hawaii residents explore these cultural roots in music on “Across the Sea.” Read More

Star-studded Mana Maoli follow-up looks like early Hoku front-runner

Updated on  October 14, 2017 at 12:05 am
After Mana Maoli’s first big music video project won this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best music video, the second release from the organization looks like the immediate front-runner for 2018. Read More

Johnson’s latest album invites careful listening, incorporates artwork

Updated on  September 29, 2017 at 6:39 pm
Sixteen years after the release of his debut album and a string of successes that includes three albums topping the Billboard 200, success hasn’t changed the way Jack Johnson does things. Read More

Punk-rock quartet merges multiple stylings

Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm
Five years after releasing their debut album, “Cretin Crossover,” Smitz are back with the follow-up. “Skullduggerous” contains 16 originals and a pair of remakes — one from Bad Manners, the other from Reagan Youth — that suggest the group’s broad musical horizons. Read More

Khay’s debut tells striking musical story

Updated on  September 8, 2017 at 5:37 pm
With “Retrograde,” multi-instrumentalist Evan Khay has partnered with Imua Garza to create what is one of the most impressive non-Hawaiian debut albums by a Hawaii resident in recent memory. Read More

Ganiron debuts as solo artist with ‘The Origin’

Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm
Micah Ganiron shows his varied musical roots in a collection of original music on “The Origin.” Read More

Valentine’s latest album evokes music of the ’70s

Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Time spent playing classic C&K and Kalapana music inspired this collection of new songs — most of them written in the style known as “contemporary local” in the mid-1970s. Read More

Kamanawa’s first is made to last

Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm
Blaine Kia and Kalei Kahalewai started working together as Kamanawa in 2008. After nine years together they’ve made the move from live performance to the recording studio. Read More

‘Makawalu’ makes Napua front-runner for Hoku Award

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm
With the recent release of “Makawalu,” Napua is a front-runner to win the Female Vocalist of the Year category at next year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Read More

Beat-Lele’s ukulele use makes for unique Beatles tribute

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm
What would the Beatles have sounded like if they played ukulele instead of guitar? Beat-Lele, a Beatles tribute band, provides an answer to that question. Read More

Slack key veteran Lance Takamiya releases his first album

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Under slack key master Ozzie Kotani’s mentorship, Lance Takamiya made a transition from self-taught hobbyist to serious slack key guitarist, and the efforts have been put forth on the debut album “Aloha, This Is Who We Are.” Read More

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