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Superhero Rökkstar embraces indulgent life with memorable album

The race for the 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best rock album is off to a great start with the release of the debut album “Feedback Saves The 7” by Superhero Rökkstar. Read More
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Kurosawa debut a somber statement

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With this EP by second-generation island entertainer Nick Kurosawa, Roger Bong and his label have moved beyond reissues of ’80s out-of-print local pop recordings into the business of recording new local artists. Read More

Maui Jam Band features Hawaiian standards

Multi-instrumentalist Al Nip is the leader, primary vocalist and solid foundation of the Maui Jam Band, made up of Valley Isle residents who play Hawaiian and hapa-haole standards. Read More

Gordon Broad and Rod Young present a collection of songs about Windward Oahu

This two-disc CD is a collection of new recordings of songs Broad has written over the years about people and places on Windward Oahu. They’re presented in geographical order going from Laie down to Waimanalo. Read More

Hollinger returns; ‘Collaborations’ introduces Rendezvous

Two-time Hoku Award winner Stuart Hollinger returns with his third album, drawing on a variety of genres to present songs reminiscent of the Police, Steely Dan and Crosby Stills & Nash — but nothing sounds borrowed from other artists. Read More

Stephen Inglis pays homage to Grateful Dead

Until now Stephen Inglis has had the most visibility for his work as a musical associate of slack key master Dennis Kamakahi. Read More
 

Randy Parker shares 30 years of music on an anthology

With “Happy to Be Me,” Hawaii Island singer/songwriter Randy Parker is sharing 30 years of original music. Read More

Sean Cleland makes memorable solo debut

Multitalented Sean Cleland has been best known until now as a member of the Hollow Spheres, a quartet he helped found in 2009. He builds on that solid foundation as a solo artist. Read More

Ohta Jr. and Tolentino tap stars for new album

The Hawaiian word “kaona” refers to hidden meanings in song lyrics or poetry. Those who know the kaona get the deeper meanings; those who don’t, miss out. Read More
 

Chock, Aranita albums satisfy hapa-haole, world music fans

Michael Chock’s second project as a solo recording artist began with his discovery of the guitarlele — an ukulele with two additional lower strings. Read More

Rich Crandall, Jimmy C revive songs of yesteryear

Promoter and host Rich Crandall created a weekly jazz showcase called Studio 6 at the Musicians’ Union building in the mid-1990s. A piano player, Crandall recorded “Live at Studio 6” with Dean Taba on acoustic bass and Abe Lagrimas Jr. on drums. Read More

Kahulanui sequel features assortment of Hawaiian, hapa-haole songs

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

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

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

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