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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
This November, the indispensable Augie Tulba, Hawaii’s comedian for the local masses, is a force to be reckoned with in his new DVD release: UCC Ultimate Comedy Collection Augie T’s Greatest Hits. Jam-packed with 8-hours of Augie T’s greatest comedy segments including his popular “Then & Now” Farrington High School performance, AND with an unprecedented 3 additional hours of new unreleased material - there is nothing this good out there anywhere!
This is a chance to get all of Augie’s greatest performances at once including the historic sold out Blaisdell Arena Show, “On Tour with Augie T.: Alaska, the Neighbor Islands, & Halawa Prison,” the “Augie Show Seasons 1 & 2 (unreleased),” as well as new material from his 2009 Comedy Crusade in Kane‘ohe.
Raiatea Helm, Hawai‘i’s only Two-Time Hawai‘i Female Vocalist of the Year, Twice Grammy® Nominated, and Seven-Time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, delivers a stunning performance of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian songs in her DVD debut Raiatea Live! Filmed at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre Center on her 25th Birthday, Raiatea Live! captures all of the excitement, beauty, and charisma of Hawai‘i’s premiere female vocalist.Learn More
Uluwehi Guerrero’s brand new CD release, “Uluwehi Sings Na- Mele Hula Aloha- beloved hula songs”, is now available! A Na Hoku Hanohano award winner and long time Kumu Hula of Halau Hula Kauluokala from Maui, Uluwehi’s latest album includes 16 wonderful songs, all sung in Hawaiian, some rarely recorded, and all perfect for Hula! It’s Uluwehi’s first CD in 8 years, and already listeners are raving it is well worth the wait.Learn More
“A Bright Christmas” by Hawaii’s most soulful singer, Teresa Bright is a must have for the Holidays. 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano award winning Teresa Bright delivers the best Christmas CD of the season. She is standout in a world of great singers. “A Bright Christmas” is sure to become a Holiday favorite that you’ll pull out year after year.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.
Lorna Lim’s beautiful voice, her deep knowledge of hula, and her connection to the Big Island’s music tradition place her among Hawaii’s living treasures. Born and raised in the North Kohala district on the Big Island, she began playing music at an early age with her siblings and parents, an award-winning family musical group known throughout Hawaii simply as ‘The Lim Family’. Her sister Nani is one of Hawaii’s most renowned Hula teachers, and her Grammy nominated brother, Sonny, is one of Hawaii’s top slack key guitar players. Lorna’s performances have taken her throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.
Lorna recorded “Polinahe” for hula dancers, in a style that reflects her personal musical tradition. The translation of the title - “poli”, meaning from the heart, and “nahe”, meaning sweet and pure - sums up Lorna’s musical style and the beautiful quality of her voice.Learn More
Sean Na’auao has developed as an artist, composer and producer and this CD reflects the many hits he’s enjoyed showing us how many times he’s gotten it right. As you listen to this body of work, you will find so many gems and understand why Sean Na’auao is richly deserving of all the Na Hoku Hanohano awards he’s won over the years.
Sean can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of his life. His career in music encompasses everything including composing original songs, producing himself and other artists, lead and background singer, bandleader, concert promoter as well as the founder of an independent record label, Poi Pounder. As a founding member of the Mana’o Company, that made a huge mark on the local music scene and is still heard on radio today, Sean began his legacy of hits garnering radio play and sales. His repertoire runs from the most contemporary of island music to the heartfelt traditional Hawaiian mele.Learn More
…Born on O‘ahu and raised under the famed rainbows of Mānoa valley emerges one of Hawai’i’s most exquisite falsetto singers: Leokāne Pryor… named Leokāneokalani – the “Voice of the Heavens.” Leokane now resides in heavenly Hāna, Maui. Maunahele combines Leokane’s colorful arrangements with his angelic falsetto to put a sparkle on old traditional favorites and excite the listener with two new originals. As Wayne Harada writes, “He’s blessed with a gorgeous falsetto that soars where rainbows arch the skies…” A limited release in 2001 created quite a stir in the Hawaiian music world. The Mountain Apple Company is proud to re-release Maunahele and share the talents of this exciting newcomer with fans new and old.Learn More
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
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 .
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
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
Kaunaloa, the greatly anticipated solo release from Na Palapalai’s Kuana Torres Kahele. This collection of primarily original compositions showcases his talent as a songwriter and impressive vocal ability as a solo recording artist. Kuana’s melodies are as refreshing as they are intoxicating. Kaunaloa, meaning “to persevere,” is Kuana at his best, providing a musical journey that will both enrich and excite the world of hula and Hawaiian music.Learn More
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