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For the first time, Hawai‘i audiences will get a chance to know the man behind the comedian or as Rap would say 'humorist', in Rap: Hawaii’s Comic Genius. Woven throughout the special are highlights from the characters and routines that have brought joy and laughter to generations of fans: Aunty Marialani, Fate Yanagi, Room Service, Mahalo Airlines, Willy Maunawili, and the stuttering priest, to name just a few. (Also included are scenes from newly- found home movies of Rap as a young boy performing the hula and other acts for the camera, revealing that he was destined for show business from an early age.)Learn More
Winning the 1979 Na Hoku Hanohano award for best Comedy album, Rap's "Poi Dog With Crabs" was Rap Reiplinger's first solo album without the imfamous comedy group Booga Booga. Decades later audiences still find his humor unbearably funny.Learn More
Rap's comedy lives on in this amazing collection of some of his best routines including "Auntie Marialani's Cooking Show", "Room Service" and "Fate Yanagi". The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded an Emmy to "Rap's Hawaii" for the Outstanding Television Special of the Year.
The CD is titled 'Io, short for 'Iolani, the name of the Hawaiian hawk. I use the hawk as a metaphor for my Grandmother who passed away recently. My Grandfather passed away when my Father was but 10 years old. Thus, my Grandmother had to raise 9 children by herself. She must've done a great job, for in 1964 she was honored as "Mother of the Year". Like the hawk, I have an imagery of my Grandmother flying up high, looking down and protecting those she love. This CD is dedicated to my mentor, my teacher, my Grandma."Learn More
The first ever album to receive an RIAA Certified Gold Record for Hawaiian, Facing Future has introduced the entire planet earth to Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole. This is the spring board which catapulted IZ's music in to so many Film and TV projects.Learn More
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
CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Hanaiali`i...2007 Na Hokuhanohano Award Winner for Album of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Best Engineered Album. "Generation Hawai`i" is Grammy nominated Amy Hanaiali`i at her best, in true form, representing her islands, her culture and her family legacy with the music she was born destined to share. It was produced by award winning producer, songwriter and musician Michael Ruff, who has worked with legends like Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks and countless others.Learn More
When the de Mello's discovered that Sunday Manoa were no longer a group, they took the talents of Robert & Roland and shaped them in to one of the most successful recording artists that Hawaii has ever known. This CD is a compilation of their "First Two Albums" and shows how developed they were as recording artists at such a young age.Learn More
The release of Hawaii Land of Enchantment will be the first re-release of Jack de Mello's timeless music since Music of Hawai`i was made available on CD. Music of Hawai`i was praised by music critics worldwide. Hawaii Land of Enchantment was the first album that allowed Hawaiian music fans to appreciate classic Hawaiian songs, in a full orchestral setting. These recordings, available once again, have lost none of their beauty and remain as evocative of the islands today as when they were first released. The music of Jack de Mello is truly unlike any other on the island music scene.Learn More
Keola's gift for musical invention and his creative flair are best seen in a solo setting, where his total talent is exposed without the sometimes protective screen of other musicians and instruments. Simply, a beautiful album.Learn More
The four-time Hoku Award-winning trio Maunalua presents Ho'okanaka, a compilation of recordings that hold significant meanings to the group's members and their fans. Ho`okanaka captured the Group of the Year award at the 2008 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, an honor truly deserved by Bruce, Bobby and Kahi. Engineered by the talented Dave Tucciarone, Ho'okanaka is sure to delight and leave a lasting impression with Hawaiian music fans.Learn More
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR - At barely 18 years of age, Raiatea Helm made Hawai'i music history as the youngest artist to ever receive the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year Award by the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Artists (Hawai'i's equivalent to the Grammy Awards). At the same time, Raiatea Helm became one of the youngest recording artists ever to receive the Most Promising Artist of the Year Award. This debut CD is self-named as "Raiatea" translates to "Far Away Heaven." This collection of songs reveals the strength and clarity of a young star whose meteoric rise onto the Hawaiian music scene has never subsided. Her classic rendition of Po La'ila'i was included in the recent Putamayo Records release "Hawaiian Playground." Her other classics, "Kauoha Mai" and "Alekoki" continue to receive regular airplay.Learn More
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Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole is Hawaii's best-known and most beloved singer. His breathtaking version of "Over the Rainbow" is an international hit and is widely thought to be the only interpretation that could possibly stand up to Judy Garland's original. These beautiful interpretations are faithfully captured in these Easy Piano arrangements for all to enjoy.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
Troy's light and bright signature ukulele style sparkles on these Hawaiian pearls: "Koke'e," "Waialae," and "Pua Hone," and other local favorites. He recreated a playful Ka'au Crater Boys flavor on "Wild Side of Life" and "Spiders and Snakes" while his originals confirm his ability to stay on the cutting edge of Island music. With a little help from award winning musicians Jeff Rasmussen and Robi Kahakalau, Strumming My Ukulele overflows with the lively sounds of Hawaii's masterful ukulele artist, Troy Fernandez.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.
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
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
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