In the early nineties, the Hawaiian Style Band rode into the isle music scene on swingy-reggae rhythms and wholesome vocals. The band put forth a new definition of island music right in the midst of an exploding local music industry after the somewhat dormant eighties…They provided a new musical vista on contemporary local culture with original compositions about talking story, sovereignty, feeling the ocean, island romance, ‘ohana, and living “Hawaiian style”…interpretation of Hawaiian language songs re-acquainted music fans with these important compositions. Audiences heard themselves in these songs and responded overwhelmingly.
The band’s appeal was also due to its ability to effectively involve and showcase local talent. Conceptualized as a revolving band, HSB opened its doors to over fifty musicians and producers over the course of its three albums, “Vanishing Treasures,” “Rhythm of the Ocean” and “‘Ohana”. The participants included Hawaiian music notables like Israel Kamakawiwa’ole, Bla, Cyril, and Martin Pahinui, Fiji, Teresa Bright, Ka’au Crater Boys, and Del Bezley. This extensive collaboration produced a musical synergy so comprehensive that it has not been matched by other island recordings since.
HSB signaled the arrival of a new generation of artists, both native and non-native, creating original local music. The staying power of their work is evidenced in the continued airplay of their songs on radio stations.
Hawaiian Style Band singer, songwriter and producer Wade Cambern has collaborated with many of Hawaii’s iconic musical figures, including Henry Kapono, Roland Cazimero, the Pahinui family, Brother Noland and Israel Kamakawiwo`ole with whom he co-wrote “Living In A Sovereign Land.” He has also arranged new renditions of Hawaiian music standards such as “No Ke Ano Ahiahi,” “Kaimana Hila,” “Wahine Ilikea” and now, “Ke Aloha”. The sound and themes of life in Hawaii continue to profoundly influence Wadeʻs musical expression here with the release of the Hawaiian Style Band’s latest album Hänau hou.
Co-Producer and musician Garin Poliahu studied percussion at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and worked as a professional drummer, playing for notable bandleaders such as Clarence Clemons. Upon his return to the islands he began working with many of Hawaii’s finest recording artists, such as Jake Shimabukuro, Amy Gilliom, Willie K., John Cruz, Fiji, Robi Kahakalau, Bryan Kessler, and Justin Young.
Tani Lynn is a professional Singer, Actress and Model. Her impressive credits include a self titled CD “Tani Lynn”, acting on “Hawaii Five-0”, “You May Not Kiss The Bride“, “Beyond The Break”, “Flight 29 Down”, “Hawaii” and “Baywatch Hawaii” and has appeared as a model across the nation. Originally from Hawaii, Tani Lynn now resides in Portland, Oregon. (Management – Nancy Bernal – 947-5736 – NancyBernal@aol.com)