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A ground breaking collaboration between Hawaii's top selling female vocalist Amy Hanaialii and top performers/composers Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim and Chino Montero in the slack key guitar tradition.
One of the wonderful things about music is its ability to bring people together to share a connection that reaches beyond borders and boundaries. Music can immediately bond souls and create common ground. What happens when kindred spirits who share a deep respect for each other and Hawaiian culture come together to share their music in collaboration? We believe this recording is a great example of just this – creativity, camaraderie, spontaneity, passion, joy, laughter, gratitude, and above all aloha. We hope this recording is as much a joy to listen to, as it was to create.Learn More
This film is a moving journey into the beauty and meaning of Hawaiian slack key music. Award-winning director Eddie Kamae’s rare combination of master musician and cinematic storyteller is the key to showing how Hawaii’s cultural traditions and the k ho-‘alu guitar intertwine – and opening the door to a greater love of that music.
Candid interviews and archival images combine with the music of many virtuoso performers, from legendary Fred Punahou and Gabby Pahinui to Raymond Kane and today’s Ledward Kaapana, to tell the slack key story from the 1830s to the present. It shows you how this music perpetuates family tradition as songs, techniques and special string tunings are passed from one generation to the next.
All the main islands are visited, including seldom seen Ni‘ihau, as Eddie Kamae explores this most Hawaiian music and its links with the people and places that have nourished it.
By popular demand, Neos Productions and The Mountain Apple Company are proud to present "Hawaiian Style Ukulele 2, " by Troy Fernandez. Lightenng fast picking earned Troy his standing as "the Eddie Van Halen of the ukulele." As a former member of the legendary duo, Ka‘au Crater Boys, Troy is credited with inspiring an entire generation of ukulele players.Learn More
Aptly titled, Donavon Frankenreiter’s “Revisited” is not just a re-recording of his 2004 self-titled album; it’s a complete reinterpretation... with a Hawaiian twist.
Kauai Resident and professional surfer, Donavon Frankenreiter, lives an incredible life for which he is extremely grateful. His first recording was made with the aid of his long time friend Jack Johnson and spawned the AAA radio hit “Free”. Teaming up with longtime band mate Matt Grundy (Bass/BGVs), and local musicians Kirk Smart (Guitars), and David Leach (Percussion), Donavon set out to re-record his debut album (originally released on Brushfire Records) using traditional Hawaiian instruments including the ukulele, lap steel guitar, and a Mauna Loa slack key tuned guitar. The result is a fresh new take on the original that allows Donavon’s envied lifestyle to ooze sweetly through the speakers, giving a completely new sound to favorites like “It Don’t Matter” and “Free”.
Catch old friends and collaborators Jack Johnson and Donavon both performing at the Mile High Music Festival Aug 2010. Check Donavon Frankenreiter’s website for extensive list of tour dates .
Combining interviews, traditional chants, and original songs and dances, this film from the beloved Hawaiian Legacy Series, gives voice to an older form of ecological wisdom summed up in the phrase ma-lama ‘a-ina – to take care of the earth – which is both our physical home and a source of spiritual nourishment. Learn More
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Artists from Hawai‘i have been making their mark on the world music scene for decades. Keola Beamer, with a career that spans more than 30 years, has done just that. As a world-renowned slack key guitarist, he has certainly earned his place as one of only a handful of true “Masters” in the world.
Raiatea Helm has risen to the TOP of the industry at such a young age. Winner of every major music award in the islands, this Billboard World Chart recording artist grows with every CD and never ceases to amaze us.
Na Palapalai remains true to the oldest form of Hawaiian music. This is true “backyard” Hawaiian music.
Nominated 17 times and winner of 7 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards including “Hawaiian Album of the Year,” “Group of the Year,” and “Hawaiian Language,” Na Palapalai is on the playlist of everyone that loves Hawaiian/World music in the islands and abroad. A favorite of Hula dancers, Na Palapalai is internationally recognized for its highly spirited Hawaiian music.
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.
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
Yes, the ukulele. In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new force. On an album like his new Peace Love Ukulele, Jake and his “Uke” effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s both technically masterful and emotionally powerful – and utterly unique in the music world. Learn More
The music featured in Over® Hawai‘i, as seen on Public Television, brings together GRAMMY® nominated artists who have been found on Billboard Magazine’s world chart multiple times and who perform the music of Hawai‘i around the world. They are an integral part of the world music landscape and their music is now known and appreciated by millions of fans.
Characteristic of the culture of these islands, the music community today is a microcosm of the influences of the past, with the melodies brought by missionaries to these shores paired with the rhythmic sounds and chants of ancient Hawaiian.
Hawaiian music has greatly evolved since the missionaries arrived and is now as vibrant as it has ever been. Discover the sound of today’s most revered stars as the producers of Over® Hawai‘i did when they produced their amazing show. Celebrate the aloha spirit with this great music. Learn More
Rising in Love is classic Lehua. Original, rich in romance and supported by an amazing band featuring Shawn Pimental on guitar & drums, Michael Grande on keyboards & piano, Imua Garza on electric & acoustic guitar, Randy Aloya on bass, Kaleo del Sol on guitar & vocals, Jay Dee Mannes on pedal steel, Michael Paulo on - saxophone and Jon Porlas on percussion. While still performing as a vital part of Na Leo, Lehua Kalima spreads her wings releasing this much-demanded solo CD debut.
Lehua’s talent extends beyond the sultry tone it lends to the group’s sound and her lyrics have been award winning and memorable. Prevailing with three Na- Ho- ku- Hanohano Awards for Best Song of the Year in 1996 for “Flying With Angels,” in 1999 for “Rest of Your Life” and in 2001 for “Saving Forever,” Lehua thrives in an unmatched category as a lyricist.
While at Kamehameha Schools, Lehua Kalima joined with two good friends, Nalani Choy and Angela Morales to form Na Leo Pilimehana. In their senior year, they won a huge radio competition in Honolulu, Brown Bags to Stardom, playing in front of thousands at the Waikiki Shell. Nineteen albums and 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards later, they continue to record and perform throughout the world.
For more Lehua, please visit: http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/lehua/ Learn More
Twice-Grammy® nominated international Hawaiian recording star, Raiatea Helm adds to her list of award-winning music with the release of her long-awaited solo CD Sea of Love. As a courageous “new traditionalist” of Hawaiian music, Raiatea Helm’s collection of songs in Sea of Love takes the musical stylings of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and makes them fresh through vibrant, innovative arrangements. This collection of songs draws upon the signature sounds of a bygone era in Waikiki and captures the sizzle of brushes on a snare drum and ‘sock’ cymbal, the use of maracas, congas and bongos, and the uplifting rhythms of the vibraphones, the bass, the steel guitar, and the piano. When Raiatea Helm’s sparkling vocals are placed within the energy of this effervescent instrumentation, she breathes new life to songs from a by-gone era that were once performed throughout Waikiki and known simply as “Hawaiian Club” music.Learn More
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