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Island Mele: The Green shows their romantic side

Love and relationships are the primary subject matter for this newly released collection of 15 new songs by The Green. Seven were written entirely by the group, the others by the group plus one or more co-writers; all are original to this release. Read More

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

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