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Tell Congress to Say NO to the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)!

Tell Congress to Say NO to the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA)!

10352889_10153083856412905_4136833551235280608_n-1We at Mountain Apple Company want to work with radio, big and small, but they are keeping policies that prevent hundreds of millions of dollars from artists and labels by their lobbying efforts. Even foreign countries won’t pay what they collect as we don’t pay their artists for use of their music. The Local Radio Freedom Act aims to continue this cycle and deny fair pay for radio play!

Make your voices heard! CLICK HERE to find your Representatives and let them know that you do not support the Local Radio Freedom Act!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Amy & Willie K

10940621_10152554190402007_993682252515545017_nThis Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and Amy & Willie K want to celebrate it with you! Join them for a concert under the stars at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa! Ticket packages include a romantic five-course dinner at the Black Rock Kitchen with preferred seating on the lawn, or a romantic evening picnic on the lawn! Dinner starts at 6PM and the concert begins at 8PM!

Tickets are available now! Make your reservations now before it’s too late!

If you can’t make it, then check out their newest release, Amy & Willie K Reunion !

Kuana Torres Kahele performs at the Hawaii Theatre!

HAWAII THEATRE AD

Kuana Torres Kahele celebrates new music and hula at the Hawaii Theatre! He will be joined by some great musical guests, including his dear friends Maila and Kanoe Gibson! Hula will be performed by Kumu Chinky Mahoe & Halau Kawai’ili’ula and Kumu Sonny Ching and Lopaka Igarta DeVera & Halau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu!

Admission to the concert includes your choice of Kuana CD!

Don’t miss this very special night!

And check out Kuana’s upcoming release, Music for the Hawaiian Islands Vol.3 – PI’ILANI MAUI, available everywhere February 24, 2015!

TEDxMaui 2014 with Robert Cazimero & Taimane

Robert Cazimero and Taimane were two of many guest speakers at this year’s TEDxMaui 2014. TEDxMaui is an independently organized TED-style talk created by members of the community. Guest speakers gather together to create ideas worth sharing. Last year’s theme at TEDxMaui was A Beautiful Life.

Here are recordings from Robert and Taimane’s TEDx talks, each with their own message to share:

Robert Cazimero – The Echo of My Song

Taimane

PHOTOS: The Green’s Rare Appearances!

The Green are an incredible reggae group, quickly establishing themselves in the reggae music scene and a gaining a meteoric rise to fame. Their fans are fiercely loyal, and the Green have proven that they are just as loyal. They performed two fantastic, toned down sets at Ward Warehouse and Windward Mall! Here are pictures from those two shows:

Ward Warehouse:

Windward Mall:

Check out The Green’s music on our website!

PHOTOS | Hawaii Kalikimaka with Robert Cazimero

Mahalo for coming out to Hawaii Kalikimaka and making the show incredibly special! Or if you couldn’t go, mahalo for being there in spirit! Here are some pictures from the concert, full of special guests, lovely hula, great mele, and fun had by all.

A big mahalo to the Hawaii Theatre for making this possible. We are grateful to the cast and crew for putting on a hectic three nights of a memorable Christmas concert. See you all again next year!

HAWAII KALIKIMAKA with Robert Cazimero!

Hawaii Theatre Center | Pride Of The Pacific 2014-12-04 13-01-55Hawaii Theatre’s HAWAII KALIKIMAKA stars Robert Cazimero, one-half of the award-winning Brothers Cazimero, with this year’s special guest star Nā Hōkū Hanohano winner, Starr Kalahiki.

The holiday presentation will also feature hula by Robert’s Hālau Nā Kamalei O Līlīlehua; Miss Aloha Hula 2014, Keʻalohilani Tara Eliga Serrao, of Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe; Miss Keiki Hula 2014, Keolani Hokuleʻakeaouli Hosino, and Master Keiki Hula 2014, Kamaka Leao Kaleionapali Hoʻopiʻi, from ʻIliahi and Haunani Paredes’ Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi; vocals by  the Hawaii Theatre Christmas Glee singers, comprised of local, award-winning 19th Avenue and Aloha Spirit Quartets; and music will be provided by the Hawaii Theatre Hawaiian Ensemble under the musical direction of Aaron Sala. HAWAII KALIKIMAKA will be produced and directed by Hawaii Theatre Center’s artistic director and general manager, Burton White.

There are THREE shows to see! Don’t miss these performances:

Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/HawaiiKalikimaka

Thanksgiving Hawaiian Playlists!

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We hope your Thanksgiving holiday is pleasant and full of great food and song! While you’re busy cooking, eating, and cleaning during this holiday, put on some fantastic Hawaiian music to make your holiday even greater! Leave the music choices to us with these three playlists of music:

Mahalo for supporting the music & happy holidays!

Good Luck to all the 2014 Preliminary GRAMMY® Nominees!

We want to congratulate every Hawaiian music artists that made it to the preliminary 2014 GRAMMY® ballot! Good luck to you all! Here are the albums nominated in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category:

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ME KE ALOHA
Lito Arkangel

HU`EWA
Hu`ewa

MUSIC FOR THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS VOL. 1 HAWAI`I KEAWE
Kuana Torres Kahele

SEEDS OF ALOHA
George Kahumoku Jr.

SWAYING SEA
Kaiholu

D-TOUR
John Keawe

HANU `A`ALA
Kamaka Kukona

I KNOW YOU BY HEART
Kupaoa

MELE`UHANE
Keikilani Lindsey

ALA IKI: THE PATH LESS TRAVELED
Kapono Na’ili’ili

NA PUA MOHALA
Kupaoa & Kaulana

PURE `UKULELE
Herb Ohta, Jr.

KANI PU KOLU
Cyril Pahinui

HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY KINGS MASTER SERIES VOL. 3
Various Artists

NAPILI
Waipuna

LEI MAILE
Mark Yamanaka

The Story of Kamalani

Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole sings a song called Kamalani, written by Larry Rivera, a songwriter from Lana’i. You may not know that there is a intricate story behind the song. Here’s the lyrics:

israel-bioWhere is my love, Kamalani
Please answer me, Kamalani
Puukaninui, Puukaninui
Oh here I am, Kamalani
Here in this paradise

Kamalani, Kamalani
Is this the fullness of heaven
Here in this paradise

Please come to me, Kamalani
When nights are still, Kamalani
You can hear the voice of Puukaninui
You’ll be together again

Kamalani, Kamalani
You’ll hear the sound of his voice
Here in this paradise

Larry Rivera shared with us the story behind this beautiful song:

“I was home ill with the flu, when the manager of Coco Palms, Grace Guslander, called to find out how I was doing. She always was concerned about “her children”. After finding out I was getting better she said, “Larry why don’t you write a song about the frog. Meleana Soong wrote a beautiful legend called The Legend Of The Frog and it would be wonderful if you could write a song for this legend”. After we talked, I said to myself, how am I going to write a song about a frog. Just then outside my window I heard a whistle coming from the trees. I looked out and saw a beautiful bird with a long tail and white chest. The bird kept singing and the tune was so clear and that’s when I put the words and music together.

The Legend Of The Frog tells of a place far above Wailua called Pihanakalani which means “The Fullness of Heaven”. Here lived Puukaninui “Great Singer”. He lived with his grandmother Kealohilani, a beautiful chieftess of high rank.

One day Puukaninui decided to visit Walua-Nui-Hoano, the ancient capitol of Kaua’i , a land taboo to the common people. Before leaving he was warned by his grandmother that he music return to pihanakalani before sundown. If he did not, he would surely be transformed to a frog.

It was there in Wailua-Nui-Hoano that Puukaninui met and fell in love with Kamalani, the granddaughter of a high chief. Kamalani means “Child of a Chief”. After declaring their love for each other Puukaninui suddenly realized that it was late in the day and remembered what his grandmother told him about being late in returning home. Before he knew it he felt a sudden sensation come over him and in a few moments he was transformed into a large frog, “Polokanui”. He was a large handsome frog, as handsome as a frog can be. He sat on a lily pad singing their favorite love song, for at the Coco Palms lagoon he found a haven. Kamalani knew it was Puukaninui even before she saw his mamo-shaped ila (birthmark) in the center of his forehead.

If you are a favorite of the gods, you can see and hear him some evenings as he sits on his lily pad serenading his beloved one. Some nights if you are fortunate, you might see Kamalani as she joins him in song.”

Hear the song for yourself on his album, E Ala E!