Kupaoa - a permeating fragrance that infuses the heart. Nearly 10 years ago, Hawaiian music’s only married duet chose that name, hoping their music would similarly imbue the hearts of listeners everywhere. The metaphor proved an apt one, as their music has indeed lingered with a growing local and international fan base. The award-winning duo released full-length albums worldwide in 2008, 2010 and March of 2013, each of them building on the prior release and together producing an anthology of unique acoustic arrangements and memorable original compositions.
Every song that Küpaoa records has a story and this collection includes 7 of the pair’s most poignant and cherished pieces. Many of these carefully chosen gems are never-before recorded originals with the notable exception of the title track, I Know You By Heart. The remaining songs were either penned by the couple or by close friends, including multi-award winning composer, Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier. As Küpaoa has matured, the intimacy shared in their music has deepened. They have blossomed, sharing more of their essence through song and story while allowing their music to become a reflection of themselves. They invite you into their lives with their debut EP, I Know You By Heart.
2014 Grammy® Nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album
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