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Storm brings astrological concepts into new solo project

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landeza’s new works honor his teachers and heritage

The “California-born Hawaiian” puts out a new album and book that are a welcome addition to any collection of Hawaiian music, and he shares some reflections along the way. Read More

Grimes’ versatility shines on ‘Assorted Chocolates’

Steve Grimes has made a name for himself as an adroit songwriter, singer and recording artist, and continues the trend on his latest album. Read More

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