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Isle band courts rockers with gritty, heartfelt EP

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm
Uncompromising straight rock is the Granite Saints’ contribution to Hawaii’s vibrant music scene. Read More

Local metal rock artists shift to Hawaiian, hapa-haole styles

Updated on  June 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm
Power players in the local metal music scene make a successful — and sudden — switch over to another genre. Read More

Ho‘okena’s ‘3.0’ has strong vocals and instrumentation

Updated on  June 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Ho‘okena earned three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards — Group of the Year, Traditional Hawaiian Album of the Year and Most Promising Artists — in 1991 for its aptly titled debut album, “Thirst Quencher!” Read More

Well-done remake opens Lava’s debut

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

Chris Lowe makes his debut with a tribute to the Great White Way

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

Kanekoa brings creativity to contemporary local music

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

Island Mele: Cyril Pahinui visits a waterfall; Mark Saito, love

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

Kaimana Band offers fine debut

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

Kahumoku covers almost 40 years of making Hawaiian music

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

Meleana Brown’s debut blends pop, urban and ‘club music’

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

Lee Gonsalves’ new CD pays tribute to ‘the Eddie’

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

Artist ‘Bla’ Pahinui puts his spin on rock and blues hits

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

A digital-only album has recording artists tackling issues

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