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From KUmZ, made up of Na Kumu Hula, Karl Veto Baker & Michael Casupang:
"On the Summit...is truly about the journey to the summit and what is learned along the way in reaching the peak. On The Summit is reflective of our lives as they are entwined with the many moments with our students through our hula school, Halau I Ka Wekiu...The halau on the summit."Learn More
KUmZ, made up of Na Kumu Hula (Hula Teachers) Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang opened their hula school, Halau I Ka Wekiu on March 15 1998. This CD project celebrates the 10th Anniversary of this award winning halau through their original compositions centering around their halau experiences.
Graduating in 1995 as Kuku Hula from renowned Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero, these two teachers have over 55 years combined experience in dancing artistry and teaching excellence in the art of Hula.
Most recently, Halau I Ka Wekiu garnered four first place awards including the overall festival award at the 2007 Merrie Monarch Hula festival held annually in Hilo.
KUmZ shares 14 beautifully crafted songs written, arranged, and which performed by this multi-talented duo, fuels the present insurgence to perpetuate `oloelo Hawai`i (Hawaiian language) through music, poetry, and dance.Learn More
Following the selection as Group of the Year at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the KUmZ duo continues to strive forward in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through music and dance with their fourth release.
The phrase "You Should Know By Now" comes from the song "Do I Love You?" but it first became familiar to them as their Kumu Robert Cazimero would always say it and write it in notes and cards. The phrase has since stuck with KUmZ as a beautiful way to say I love you to someone and to express that sentiment of love.
The CD is filled with new compositions that tell stories of their haumana, places they have visited, and experiences they have shared together. The CD also features mele that were written by the haumana of Halau I Ka Wekiu.Learn More
Kumu Hula Manu Boyd is releasing his first solo CD project - Mele 'Ailana. A noted composer of Hawaiian mele (songs and chants), Boyd's Mele 'Ailana is a collection of songs in varied styles and instrumentation, illustrating a new direction for Boyd who has recorded for 25 years with the group Ho'okena.
The album includes many guest artists including Robert Cazimero, Kainani Kahaunaele, Keala Chock, Kala'iokona Ontai, Kihei Nahale-a, Jeff Peterson, Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Waipuna (Kale Hannahs, Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi), Kapalai'ula de Silva, Lilinoe Sterling, and Halau o ke 'A'ali'i Ku Makani.Learn More
Rising in Love is classic Lehua. Original, rich in romance and supported by an amazing band featuring Shawn Pimental on guitar & drums, Michael Grande on keyboards & piano, Imua Garza on electric & acoustic guitar, Randy Aloya on bass, Kaleo del Sol on guitar & vocals, Jay Dee Mannes on pedal steel, Michael Paulo on - saxophone and Jon Porlas on percussion. While still performing as a vital part of Na Leo, Lehua Kalima spreads her wings releasing this much-demanded solo CD debut.
Lehua’s talent extends beyond the sultry tone it lends to the group’s sound and her lyrics have been award winning and memorable. Prevailing with three Na- Ho- ku- Hanohano Awards for Best Song of the Year in 1996 for “Flying With Angels,” in 1999 for “Rest of Your Life” and in 2001 for “Saving Forever,” Lehua thrives in an unmatched category as a lyricist.
While at Kamehameha Schools, Lehua Kalima joined with two good friends, Nalani Choy and Angela Morales to form Na Leo Pilimehana. In their senior year, they won a huge radio competition in Honolulu, Brown Bags to Stardom, playing in front of thousands at the Waikiki Shell. Nineteen albums and 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards later, they continue to record and perform throughout the world.
For more Lehua, please visit: http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/lehua/ Learn More
In a culture that honors the legacies of the past, this Hawaiian trio of talented musicians pays homage to their roots while creating a unique and progressive sound that leaves their mark in contemporary Hawaiian music.
This worldview is the essence of Hiikua’s music, which is either composed or performed by Kalehua Krug, Kamuela Kimokeo and Blake Leoki-Haili. The group’s name derives from the Hawaiian word that literally means “to carry on one’s back.” Hi`ikua accepts this responsibility and intends with each song to achieve that goal: to speak of their history in words and music; to enjoy each moment of that expression, and in sharing this with you, to hope that their message will find its way into the future.
The music on Aia I Hi`ialo reflects the fond memories of Hi`ikua’s parents and grandparents, the things that they taught, and the messages that they shared. These memories are often the source of inspiration for mele that are written to help remember important life lessons. Learn More
Dance is universal. Regardless of what language or culture you call your own, if you witness hula, you always identify it with Hawai‘i. This small speck of land, in the biggest ocean on Earth, connects Hawai‘i with the world and often that connection is through hula. We are not confined to dance hula with just our feet. What brings hula to life is that the hands as well as the music, tell the story of the people of Hawai‘i. The music resonates from our hearts and souls and comes to life with hula.Learn More
On the heels of Mailani’s self-titled debut solo album, which garnered her the prestigious “Female Vocalist of the Year” Award, comes her brand new CD entitled `Aina. (English translation: Earth, land) With her feet well planted in the “‘aina,” this brave artist continues to challenge herself with each project. Mailani is originally from the very successful, award-winning group, Keahiwai, and the rocking trio, Mighty J. Her first CD proved that she had the ability to succeed as a solo artist. Her sophomore album ‘Aina gives us much more. ‘Aina includes some of the expected contemporary swagger which her fans and radio will love, but there is also something really surprising here that takes Mailani to a whole new level as an artist. Her delivery of some traditional Hawaiian pieces will impress and delight anyone who loves Hawaiian music. Here is a modern Hawaiian woman who knows how to entertain and have fun and here too is a Hawaiian woman with the depth and respect for the generations that came before her. ‘Aina is both gorgeous and entertaining. Another big step forward from an artist that continues to “Wow.”
For more information: http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/mailaniLearn More
A ground breaking collaboration between Hawaii's top selling female vocalist Amy Hanaialii and top performers/composers Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim and Chino Montero in the slack key guitar tradition.
One of the wonderful things about music is its ability to bring people together to share a connection that reaches beyond borders and boundaries. Music can immediately bond souls and create common ground. What happens when kindred spirits who share a deep respect for each other and Hawaiian culture come together to share their music in collaboration? We believe this recording is a great example of just this – creativity, camaraderie, spontaneity, passion, joy, laughter, gratitude, and above all aloha. We hope this recording is as much a joy to listen to, as it was to create.Learn More
My Father’s Granddaughter came at a turning point in my life. During the process of recording this album my father passed into his next journey. Lloyd Gilliom, my father, grew up on the road with my Tutu Jennie. She would instill in him three of life’s most important qualities that he later would pass on to me: Humility, Kindness and Love. As I tour the world sharing Hawaiian music, I am thankful that my daughter Madeline was able to spend time with my parents who became instrumental in helping me raise her in today’s world. I would often witness my father teaching Madeline the same life lessons he taught me. Never a dull moment in the Gilliom `Ohana. Beautiful how the circle of life works.
With the release of Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love), he has taken his genius onto the world music stage in a captivating collaboration with nine-time GRAMMY® nominee Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and virtuoso jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer.
This CD is the soundtrack to the nationally televised program produced by PBS Hawai‘i and includes the internationally acclaimed recording “Ina”, a Hawaiian language version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Learn More
“Manawa” means “time.” Mailani has taken the “time” to develop her craft. First with the very successful and award-winning duo Keahiwai, next with the all girl powered Mighty J and at last taking center stage with her first solo album, Mailani. Mailani won her “Female Vocalist of the Year” and the respect of fans and the music community as a top notch solo artist and composer.
Mailani has taken the “time” to honor her culture and hone her craft. She speaks Hawaiian and has studied voice under one of the true greats, Teresa Bright.
Manawa is proof of the evolution of a true artist. An artist that has performed all over the world. An artist that has become a better singer, a better composer, a more commanding performer, a more accomplished guitarist, a tender Hawaiian poet. Mailani is taking her craft to new heights with her brand new CD Manawa.Learn More
Troy's light and bright signature ukulele style sparkles on these Hawaiian pearls: "Koke'e," "Waialae," and "Pua Hone," and other local favorites. He recreated a playful Ka'au Crater Boys flavor on "Wild Side of Life" and "Spiders and Snakes" while his originals confirm his ability to stay on the cutting edge of Island music. With a little help from award winning musicians Jeff Rasmussen and Robi Kahakalau, Strumming My Ukulele overflows with the lively sounds of Hawaii's masterful ukulele artist, Troy Fernandez.Learn More
"Musically gifted, well blended, and pleasing to the ear, three voices, one sound bring together the warmth of the sun..."Na Leo Pilimehana" known today simply as, NA LEO! In a first time effort of a Hawaiian and Hapa Haole recording, these three native beauties now entreat us, the listener, to exquisite vocal blends and rich harmonies.
The songs were composed by natives of the soil, of incidents in their lives, making this musical presentation, Hawaiian. The singer's excellent harmonies shared with the listener, extends their natural warmth.
From the definite up beat rendition of "Don McDiarmid's "Do the Hula", to John "Squeeze" Kamana's enchanting "Pua Mae'ole", this, is all hula. Add to the collection several new compositions and you have a winner!
Then if that's not enough add the Kahauanu Lake and Maddy Lam composition, "Misty Rains and Lehua", with the sophisticated ukulele playing and chord progressions of Walter Kawai'ae'a (Kahauanu Lake's hanai son), creating a beautiful blend with soloist, Lehua Kalima.
So if you're just listening or wanting to hula; Eo e Hawai'i....E Hula Mai Kakou!" -Kahaunau LakeLearn More
Na Leo's 25th Anniversary Collection is a 2-Disc project, dedicated to all the fans who have touched the hearts and lives of Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima, and Angela Morales, the members of Na Leo. This CD features the most popular songs by Na Leo from the past 25 years, and even one new song, "Our Hawaii"!Learn More
"Once again, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima, and Angela Morales speak to our hearts with their unique combination of sounds, story lines and finesse. Sparkling new gems interspersed with golden classics offer the listeners an eclectic array of holiday treasures.
Their characteristic blend, always sweet and angelic, has been a trademark from their humble beginnings as members of the Kamehameha Schools Concert Glee Club. Today, Na Leo Pilimehana is a household name, not only here in Hawaii, but internationally as well. And yet, with all the accolades with have come their way, they remain as humble and grateful as the day they started. Mele Kalikimaka!" - Randie Kamuela Fong
This is an enhanced CD with a bonus video of Hosana (Ua Mau) - PC and Mac Compatible!Learn More
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