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COURTESY LAVA
                                On every song — remakes and originals alike — the interplay between the violin and ukulele sets Lava apart.

Well-done remake opens Lava’s debut

COURTESY LAVA
                                On every song — remakes and originals alike — the interplay between the violin and ukulele sets Lava apart.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Doing remakes of mainstream Top 40 “oldies” almost never turns out well for local recording artists. That makes the decision of this local group to open its debut album with a remake of a 1966 Billboard Top 10 hit look like a bad idea — until you play the CD. Surprise, surprise, Lava pulls it off with amazing finesse. Read More
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Chris Lowe makes his debut with a tribute to the Great White Way

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Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm
Born in Massachusetts, raised in Hawaii, Chris Lowe grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Miracles and the Temptations. Read More
COURTESY KANEKOA
                                Kanekoa is a quartet with the potential to bring something creative and new to local music. They all sing, and eight of the nine songs on “Tales of the Fruit Stand Mystic” are originals.

Kanekoa brings creativity to contemporary local music

COURTESY KANEKOA
                                Kanekoa is a quartet with the potential to bring something creative and new to local music. They all sing, and eight of the nine songs on “Tales of the Fruit Stand Mystic” are originals.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm
Kanekoa is a quartet with the potential to bring something creative and new to local music. Read More
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Island Mele: Cyril Pahinui visits a waterfall; Mark Saito, love

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Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 10:45 am
The song “Hi‘ilawe” has been associated with the family of Gabby Pahinui almost from the time he first recorded it in 1946. Read More
COURTESY KAIMANA MUSIC

Kaimana Band offers fine debut

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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’

COURTESY MELEANA BROWN
                                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

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                                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

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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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