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Kaiholu's first album is real Hawaiian style

By John Berger

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2014

~~<p>The continuing evolution of Hawaiian and hapa-haole music is evident in &quot;Swaying Sea,&quot; the economically packaged debut album by 2009 Ka Himeni &lsquo;Ana contest winners Kaiholu. Some of the songs are Hawaiian-language standards. Two others are originals by the group's bassist, Nathan Stillman.</p>
<p>The process of evolution is found in the final track, a medley of two songs associated with Elvis Presley's first made-in-Hawaii film, &quot;Blue Hawaii.&quot; One is &quot;Ku-u-i-po<strong> (</strong>Hawaiian Sweetheart),&quot; which was written for Elvis and is a beautiful hapa-haole song. The other is &quot;Moonlight Swim,&quot; originally a Top 40 hit for two other singers, Nick Noble and Anthony Perkins, several years before &quot;Blue Hawaii.&quot; The song has no ties to Hawaii musically or lyrically other than that Elvis sang it in the movie.</p>
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The continuing evolution of Hawaiian and hapa-haole music is evident in "Swaying Sea," the economically packaged debut album by 2009 Ka Himeni ‘Ana contest winners Kaiholu. Some of the songs are Hawaiian-language standards. Two others are originals by the group's bassist, Nathan Stillman.

The process of evolution is found in the final track, a medley of two songs associated with Elvis Presley's first made-in-Hawaii film, "Blue Hawaii." One is "Ku-u-i-po (Hawaiian Sweetheart)," which was written for Elvis and is a beautiful hapa-haole song. The other is "Moonlight Swim," originally a Top 40 hit for two other singers, Nick Noble and Anthony Perkins, several years before "Blue Hawaii." The song has no ties to Hawaii musically or lyrically other than that Elvis sang it in the movie. Login for more...



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