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Please support the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation which strives to preserve the music, language, people and places of old Hawaii for future generations. 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
Through the years, Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei have blazed their jouney with Hawaiian pride,dispelling deep-rooted stereotypes of grass skirt girls and coconut bras. The men of hula have swayed the heart of hula by reclaiming the masculine side of the ancient dance.This is the story of Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei. This is the story of the men of hula.
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RELEASE DATE: MARCH 16, 2010
Award-winning documentarian and musician Eddie Kamae brings you another powerful story of Hawai`i.
Eddie Kamae is a native Hawaiian singer, `ukulele virtuoso, composer and co-founder of the legendary Sons of Hawai`i music group. In 1986, he launched The Hawaiian Legacy Series in the belief that Hawaiian voices, language, music and cultural wisdom, preserved on film, would be an enriching experience for everyone.
This award-winning, one-hour documentary pays tribute to the untamed spirit of a colorful and controversial Hawaiian man. Known throughout the islands and descended from a line of warrior chiefs, Luther Makekau was part philospher and part outlaw, a chanter and a singer, a fighter and a lover, a cattle rustler, a rebel and a poet.
Born on Maui in 1890, during the reign of King Kala-kaua, he lived nearly a hundred years, shaped by a century of turbulent cultural change.
In the program, Kili combines traditional hula with fitness moves. You will master eight basic hula steps: kaholo, hela, double hela, kawelu, kao, ku'i, kalakaua and ami. This dynamic combination delivers amazing results as you dance your way to a slim, toned body with Hula Abs & Buns. Learn More
Those who love his music won’t be disappointed by his newest effort, Lei Maile, which builds upon his first album’s success. Mark has carefully assembled an ecclectic variety of songs for this new project, which showcase his versatility and prowess as a vocalist and musician. This sophomore album includes 5 original songs, 3 of which were penned by one of Mark’s mentors, Uncle Johnny Lum Ho. Mark co-wrote the title track, “Lei Maile,” and also composed a delightful hapa haole tune, “Maui Under Moonlight,” which is sure to engage listeners of all ages. This collection of songs also includes old favorites that haven’t been heard in years like “Beauty,” “Be Still ‘Oe,” “Ku‘u Milimili,” and Aunty Alice Namakelua’s “Hanohano No ‘O Hawai‘i.” Timeless classics like “Danny Boy” and “Kanaka Waiwai” are rounded out by a surprising but fitting choice, the Carpenter’s well-known tune, “Yesterday Once More,” featuring the beautiful vocals of Lehua Kalima.
Mark Yamanaka is a remarkable example of raw, undeniable talent embodied in a humble musician, composer and vocalist. The thousands of people that fell in love with his unique sound will embrace his newest effort, Lei Maile, and those discovering him for the first time will revel in his classic but innovative sound. Learn More
• Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Graphics, Liner Notes, and Christmas Album of the Year.
• Deluxe 16-page color booklet with photos, English and Hawaiian lyrics and notes from Kuana.
• Largest Hawaiian music CD production of the year with piano, live strings, a Disney accordion player, a Koto player flown in from Japan, two steel guitarists, Kuana on ukulele, bass and guitar.
• His first ever English song, the hapa haole “Makapu’u Moonlight.”
• Compositions span a 10-year period with two being written in one day while Kuana was in Sorrento, Italy – “Aloha Sorrento” and “Beauty A’o Moloka’i.”
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
“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
"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
"For Love, sounds like it should be the aural equivalent of a particularly slushy rom-com. Thankfully the Maui-born songstress has avoided the temptation to drench her lovelorn lyrics with sickly sweet melodies and schmaltzy strings, and instead has impressively managed to produce a genuinely warm and effortlessly summery record which might even charm those who curse the Feb 14 celebrations...A quietly seductive affair, For Love suggests that when it comes to the ‘female Jack Johnson' label, Colbie Caillat may now have some competition." -Jon O'Brian, Rovi
Anuhea's signature guitar rhythms and song writing weave soul, R&B, jazz, and reggae to achieve a seductive pop sound with an independent attitude ala Lily Allen and Gwen Stefani. Her debut album 'Anuhea' hit the top ten on the iTunes Pop charts and World Billboard Charts. In 2010 Anuhea won Most Promising Artist and Contemporary Album of the Year at Hawaii's prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. She performed alongside her inspiration Jack Johnson at the Kokua Festival in Honolulu, and headlined two U.S. Tours backed by her friends, reggae band The Green.Learn More
Nā Leo IS the soundtrack of Hawai‘i. One can’t turn on a radio without hearing “Flying with Angels,” “I Miss You My Hawai‘i,” “Local Boys,” “North Shore Serenade,” and more. They have had national radio success as well with “Poetry Man,” and “The Rest of Your Life,” selling over a million CD’s.
With the release of Romantic Waikiki, Nā Leo continues to create memories. 11 new sound recordings tell the nostalgic story of Waikiki decades ago, with four brand-new originals.
You know how a song can capture a moment in time? Come experience that moment with us... Romantic Waikiki.Learn More
Raised on homestead land in Waimanalo, Lolena ‘Lena’ Naipo, Jr. goes back to his roots with his band Kahulanui in their first release, Hula Ku‘i. Kahulanui is an inspiration passed down from his grandfather Robert Kahulanui. Lolena remembers stories of his grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. It was from these beginnings that he draws from for Hula Ku‘i. “Throughout Hawai‘i in the 20s and 30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performed classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawai‘i today. With musical influences from Uncle Alvin Kaleolani Isaac, Ray Kinney, Sam Koki, Lani McIntryre and even Spike Jones, I am excited for you to hear Kahulanui with the Kahulanui horn section. It’s Hawaiian Swing at its finest and with today’s technology and the magic of GRAMMY® award-winning engineer/producer Charles Michael Brotman, you have one of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands. You won’t be sitting for long once you hear Kahulanui’s Hula Ku‘i... ‘ami aku, ‘ami mai, ‘ami ‘ami malie…“ - Skylark Rossetti
Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole has been Hawai‘i's biggest star in the past fifty years. His music, his physical size and most importantly, his aura; a proud Hawaiian man, full of love and life, permeated the Hawai‘i of the '90's to such a degree that when he died, the State Capitol had to be opened to allow his people to expess the extent of their loss.
The performances captured on Island Music, Island Hearts give everyone an opportunity to bask in the immense presence of IZ. Share previous moments with IZ as he joins friends at Waioli Tea House in Manoa Valley, performs with just his “ukulele on beautiful Waimanalo Beach and in a concert among the pohaku at the historic Miloli‘i fishing village on the island of Hawai‘i.Check out a preview below! Learn More
Six years after Ho‘okena’s GRAMMY®-nominated Cool Elevation release, Manu Boyd, Horace Dudoit, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith are on the verge of launching their 10th recording in 23 years together. This, by many measures, is their best to-date.
Nani Mau Loa – Everlasting Beauty is inspired by a new song about commitment and lasting love, but reaches much farther in expressing Ho‘okena’s commitment to the everlasting beauty of Hawai‘i nei.
Ho‘okena is a rare example of long-term commitment to Hawaiian music. While raising families, advancing careers, leading communities, traveling the world and experiencing life’s many blessings, Manu, Horace, Glen and Chris remain as a staple in Hawaiian contemporary music bridging the 20th and 21st centuries while delving into their history, heritage and mana that goes back much, much further.
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