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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

Aldo Rays’ album is a return to the ’50s

The rock ’n’ roll style of the 1950s continues to attract new generations of musicians including The Aldo Rays. Read More

Documentary profiles musician Martin Pahinui

“Martin Pahinui: The Golden Voice,” a documentary film released in 2015 and currently available on DVD, is an excellent look at the life and unique career of Hawaiian musician Martin Pahinui, who died in May. Read More

Isle band courts rockers with gritty, heartfelt EP

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

Power players in the local metal music scene make a successful — and sudden — switch over to another genre. Read More
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EMKE pushes new frontiers with first full-length album

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The power in EMKE’s lineup is driven by women, a rarity in rock music. Read More

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

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
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Well-done remake opens Lava’s debut

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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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