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Congratulations to the Na Hōkū Hanohano Nominees!

2016 Hoku NomineesWe want to congratulate all of this year’s Na Hōkū Hanohano nominees! The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards have been called the Grammy’s of Hawaiian Music. Each year, the Hawaiian music community gathers together to honor the achievements of excellence in the recording arts. Some of the brightest stars in Hawaiian music perform and present awards to their peers, making the Nā Hōkū Awards the biggest annual entertainment event in Hawai’i.

Here are this year’s nominees from the Mountain Apple Company! We are honored to be working with these talented individuals and we are always amazed by their talents.

Best of luck to all of this year’s nominees! Tune in to the Nā Hōkū Awards on May 28th to see who wins!

 

Robert Cazimero

DSC05621Robert Cazimero is very busy! He’s currently preparing for several shows throughout Hawaii, from performances at the Hawaii Theatre to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center! Here are the dates with ticket information below:

THE SHOPS AT WAILEA
February 17  |  6:30PM
INFO

CHEF CHAI
February 22  |  6-9PM
INFO

HAWAII THEATRE
March 12  |  7:30PM
TICKETS

CHEF CHAI
March 23  |  6-9PM
INFO

MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER
May 1  |  7:30PM
TICKETS

Congratulations to the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees!

GRAMMY 2015 - EBLASTCongratulations to the GRAMMY® nominees, Keali`i Rechel and Natalie Ai Kamauu! Keali`i’s Kawaiokalena and Natalie’s La La La La were nominated in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category!

Earlier this year, Kawaiokalena won many Na Hoku Hanohano awards including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year! La La La La released earlier this year and has captivated fans with her new stunning music!

All the GRAMMY nominees will be announced on February 15, 2016!

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Kupaoa & Mark Yamanaka

Join multi Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners, Mark Yamanaka and Kūpaoa, as they team up for this one-of-a-kind holiday album. An eclectic mix of Christmas favor and holiday-inspired originals, A Gift of the Heart is sure to fill listeners with the whimsical magic of the most wonderful time of the year. Four of the season’s most beloved songs join nine new compositions written by the trio or their talented friends. Together the three deftly balance a serious reverence for the season with the joy and wonder that abounds during these special months. Even the packaging reflects their collective sense of fun, with a newly-composed Christmas poem weaving together the lyrics and translations for all songs. This unique assortment of songs is sure to become a new Christmas classic, treasured by generations to come. A Gift of the Heart is truly a gift from the hearts of these beloved musicians.

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Join Kuana’s lei making workshops!

Kuana - Ben Franklin Poster [WEB]Join Kuana Torres Kahele at lei making workshops at HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts & HouseMart Ace Hardware stores throughout Hawaii to celebrate the release of his upcoming DVD, Make Lei!

SEPT 16 – Ben Franklin Pearl City
SEPT 17 – Ben Franklin Enchanted Lake
SEPT 18 – Ben Franklin Market City
SEPT 19 – Ben Franklin Mapunapuna
SEPT 21 – Ace Hardware Lihu`e
SEPT 22 – Ben Franklin Maui
OCT 15 – Ace Hardware Kona
OCT 16 – Ace Hardware Kamuela
OCT 17 – Ben Franklin Hilo

All times are 11AM – 1PM, EXCEPT for Kona (10AM – 12PM). For more information, visit http://benfranklinhawaii.com/ or http://acehardwarehawaii.com/

Hau’oli la hānau Rap Reiplinger!

Hau’oli la hānau Rap Reiplinger! From your Mountain Apple Company ‘Ohana, we wish you a birthday that is “Not too sweet, not too rancid, but just right!” His comedy will live on forever!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s Rap performing “Record Offer” as heard on the album “Poi Dog With Crabs”!

New Music Fridays!

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c79ca1a2970b-800wiThe International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that beginning on July 10th, the global release day for all music will be on Fridays! Here are some quick factoids about the new industry standard:

  • An aligned single global release day for music takes effect on 10th July
  • Tracks and albums to be released at 00.01 on Fridays each week in more than 45 countries
  • Music fans will no longer have to wait for days to enjoy new releases

Here’s what the IFPI says on their website about the new changes:

Up until now, music has been released on different days of the week in various countries – from Mondays in markets such as France and the UK, through Tuesdays in the US and Canada and to Fridays in markets such as Australia and Germany. That will change on 10th July when new music will be released on Fridays at 00:01 local time around the world.

The move will mean fans can now get new music on the same day worldwide rather than having to wait for their own national release day. It puts an end to fans being unable to access music in their own country when it is legally available elsewhere, and the frustration that can cause.

Celebrate Father’s Day with music!

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st! We hope you and your dads have a great time this weekend!

dfvfdIf you’re still looking for something to get dad, check out these awesome products and get some musical ideas that he’ll love!

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole – Wonderful World

Michale Keale – No Ka Beauty

Island Vibrations – Various Artists

Hawaiian Style Band – Hanau hou

Keali`i Reichel – Kawaiokalena

Robert Cazimero – Hula 2

Kuana Torres Kahele – Pi`ilani Maui

Rap Hawaii’s Genius DVD

At Home in the Islands DVD

IZ: Voice of the People

Or check out this iTunes playlist of music full of songs dad will love!

 

Natalie Ai Kamauu’s New Single!

Shower Tree Cover_FINALNatalie Ai Kamauu’s new album is Shower Tree, now available on iTunes! Her full album, “La La La La” is coming soon!

Shower Tree is a beautiful song that celebrates Natalie’s son’s favorite tree. Here is the story as she tells it:

“In 2010, after releasing 2 CD’s, my son Chaz asked, ‘Mom, when are you going to write me a song?’ I asked him what his favorite flower was and without hesitation he said, ‘The Shower Tree.’ For the life of me, I could not write a song based on the shower tree. Instead, I composed ‘Ku`u Pua Pakalana’, pakalana being my favorite flower.

I’ve told this story numerous times, and it peaked the interest of fellow musician Kihei Nahale`a. He wrote this for me, coming to my rescue. He honors our family and where we live…in beautiful Ewa, where the shower trees bloom profusely during spring time.”