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                                Taimane’s “Hawaiki”
Taimane explores her heritage with ‘Hawaiki’

Taimane, who dedicated the album to her late mother, mentions in the liner notes that her mother was Samoan. With that knowledge, listeners can be prepared for lyrics that refer to Samoa rather than Hawaii. Read more

                                Hawaiian Falsetto Vol. 1
New compilation celebrates Hawaiian falsetto tradition

The 13-track album showcases past winners of the Ho‘opi‘i festival: Pomaika‘i Krueger (2009), Po‘okela Wood (2010), Ezra Kau‘i Krueger (2011), Joshua No‘eau Kalima (2012), Micah Hoapili DeAguiar (2013), Grant Kaimana Kono (2014), Kamalei Kawa‘a (2015), Gregory Kahikina Juan (2016), Kason Gomes (2017) and Kama‘ehu Kawa‘a (2021). Read more

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                                Keauhou’s “I Le‘a”
New Keauhou album showcases trio’s talents

Keauhou — Zachary Alaka‘i Lum, his brother Nicholas Keali‘i Lum and Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio — made history in 2017 when the trio’s self-titled debut album swept the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards with wins in all nine categories in which they were nominated. Read more

                                “Unapologetically” is one of several songs that mark a new course for Napua Grieg as a recording artist.
Napua Greig at ‘Home’ with country music

We might soon see Napua Greig on the national country music charts: A song on her newly released album, “Home,” shows that Greig, a multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, is ready and worthy of notice in Nashville. Read more

Island Mele: New releases from Greg Sardinha, Kulaiwi, Storm

Steel guitar master Greg Sardinha expected his new instrumental full-length album to be out by summer’s end and that the four Christmas bonus tracks would have plenty to time to reach the ears of radio station programmers. Read more

                                Kalani Pe‘a opens with “Kulaiwi,” a modern Hawaiian standard, and closes with “Bring Him Home,” the Broadway megahit from “Les Miserables.”
Kalani Pe‘a’s new album delivers depth, style

Kalani Pe‘a holds an important place in the history of Hawaiian music. In 2017 he became the first Hawaii-resident artist to receive a Grammy Award after the award for Hawaiian music was eliminated in 2011. Read more

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