He Inoa

maunalua Cover 300dpiAfter an eight year break from the recording studio, multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Maunalua return with their highly-anticipated fourth album – He Inoa (“We Are” Maunalua, which introduces their newest member, ‘ukulele and guitar player Richard Gideon).

Continuing their tradition of blending their unique harmonies, ki ho`alu guitar and ukulele, the album is a collection of traditional Hawaiian songs such as “Hilo One” in a medley with William S. Ellis’ “Hula O Makee”; hula standards such as “Pua `Ahihi” (a trademark song of the Kahauanu Lake Trio); and several original songs, including one by band member Bobby Moderow (“Spirit of Hawai`i”) and another by the award-winning Kumu Hula and multi-Na Hoku Award winner Manu Boyd, who composed “Maunalua He Inoa” specially for them. Long-time fans of their live shows will love the inclusion of fan-favorite “He Is the Only Reason,” with a twist suggested by Producer Dave Tucciarone that adds a whole new dimension to the song – that of Denny Hemingson’s (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) pedal steel guitar, which gives it a bit of a country gospel feel.

Long time fans and new ones alike will love this latest offering from Bobby Moderow, Jr., Kahi Kaonohi, and Richard Gideon…MAUNALUA!