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Island Mele: Rebel Souljahz builds anticipation for a next album with their new single, ‘Don’t Forget’

The story of Rebel SoulJahz — Michael Ryan Maglinti, Faaigaelo “Tunez” Tagaloa Moananu, Jr., Andrew “Bubba” Hodges Jr., and William “Willz” Tuaefu Tauiliili-Sua — begins when the four friends were teenagers singing in Waipahu. Read More

Island Mele: Na Hoku winner Kamuela Kahoano delivers powerful message in EP album

Delivered with catchy Afro-Caribbean rhythms and a strong bass line, Kahoano’s message on “My Hawaii (Will Always Be Here)” is a powerful one. Read More

Island Mele: Kane follows in teachers’ footsteps on ‘Old Soul’

Valley Island born and raised, Mika Kane displays his confidence as a solo instrumentalist and the breadth of his musical horizons on “Old Soul.” Read More

Island Mele: Kapono sings of love, family, friends, travel and Hawaii

With his newest album “Welcome 2MY Paradise,” Henry Kapono’s list of lifetime achievements continues to grow. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Kalikoikawai,’ ‘Na Wai ‘Eha’

Brickwood Galuteria returns with an all-star single, and Na Wai ‘Eha makes a memorable debut with an album by the same name. Read More

Island Mele: Camarillo blends genres, ‘Waiting for the Sunrise’ supports veterans

The integration of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, hip-hop and R&B with Hawaiian island themes continues with the release of a sweet and smooth song by Maui-born multi-instrumentalist Kamaka Camarillo. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Mr. Chang’ makes impressive return post-Kupa’aina

Kevin Chang made a significant contribution to the Hawaiian music scene with his band, Kuap’aina. Now he’s back, 15 years later, as a solo artist. Read More

Island Mele: Anthology of 1904 recordings ‘welcome and significant’

A new anthology of recordings by the Honolulu Students, aka Royal Hawaiian Troubadours, are among the earliest commercially made recordings of Hawaiian music known to exist. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Marketplace’ a welcome memento; ‘Humility’ displays mastery

“Marketplace,” the first album of Cyril Pahinui’s music to be released after his death, was already on the way when the multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning slack key master died last month. Read More

Island Mele: Na‘auao mixes cultures with ‘Keiki,’ Storm returns

Reviews of new music released by Hawaii-based artists by Star-Advertiser music critic John Berger. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Love Doll’ scores; ‘Blues’ a convincing debut

If the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts has a Na Hoku Hanohano Award category for comedy albums in 2019, Joe Kingston’s “Love Doll” will certainly be a front-runner. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Holidays’ a delight; ‘Homeless Man’ calls for compassion

Hawaii recording artists aren’t releasing Christmas albums at the rate they did 10 or 20 years ago, so Kuana Torres Kahele’s beautifully packaged CD is a welcome seasonal treat. Also, Lee Gonsalves speaks eloquently of the plight of Hawaii’s homeless. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Best of Kalapana’ includes rarities, head-scratching selections

Forty-five years after Malani Bilyeu, Mackey Feary, D.J. Pratt and Kirk Thompson founded Kalapana, the group stands next to Cecilio & Kapono as one of the two biggest Hawaii recording acts of the 1970s. Read More

Island Mele: Keauhou completes voyage; Kaleo Phillips makes solid debut

With the release of “Ua Ko, Ua ‘Aina” earlier this month, multi-Hoku Award-winners Keauhou complete a three-year, three-album musical voyage. Also, Maui resident Kaleo Phillips makes a solid first impression with his debut album. Read More

Island Mele: ‘Two Sides to Every Story,’ ‘Constant as the Moon’

Old-time island recording artist Alan Thomas makes a welcome return to the local music scene, and Wade Cambern and Tsun-Hui Hung present standards from several locales. Read More

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