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Life is about learning and about celebrating wisdom through experiences and kupuna (elders). It has been 8 years since Sean Na`auao has released a solo album and Sean would agree it seems like a blink of an eye. Sean has continued his live performaces never wavering from what keeps him going everyday, his music. For Sean, he found his musical journey very personal. Finding inspiration through his ancestors - his kupuna and from his very gut – his na`au - he found his musical heritage with the recording of his new CD. This coming of age album captures the very essence of his Hawaiian music career. Showcasing a masterful musician doing what he does best making Hawaiian music. This 11-song CD embraces his ancestry and reminisces sounds from his childhood while looking forward to a bright future perpetuating the Hawaiian music for all generations.
It is N A ` A U A O. Learn More
Merry Ukulele Christmas, by Hawaii's virtuoso, Kalei Gamiao, is the ideal companion for "all things Christmas." Twelve sweetly spirited acoustic instrumentals glisten under Kalei's intricate ukulele handiwork. "Silent Night," "The Prayer," "What Child is This?" and "O Holy Night," are blissfully serene while standards "Winter Wonderland," "All I Want for Christmas is You, "Let It Snow," and "Linus and Lucy" are joyful and upbeat. Homegrown favorites, "Mele Kalikimaka," and "Holiday Hula," are delightfully playful while Kalei's original, "Winter Surf," will be the next must-have for ukulele fans. This season's shining star, Merry Ukulele Christmas, is the go-to holiday collection for an incredibly cool Yule.Learn More
Those who are fans of Kūpaoaʼs music are sure to love this newest assembly of songs and those discovering them for the first time will be quick to fall in love with this talented pair.Learn More
Robi Calling, the long awaited newly recorded music by multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner "Sistah Robi," is pure, sublime, Robi Kahakalau. Among Hawaii's most versatile entertainers, Robi's sweet soulful vocals and luscious harmonies have been her much loved signature sound since she first stepped on stage as the lead female vocalist with the Hawaiian Style Band.
Robi once again included a taste of her favorite musical styles in Robi Calling - Hawaiian, Island Contemporary, Reggae, Tahitian, Rock and Jazz, for her fans to geat upon. Highlights include a youthful take on the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau's beautiful "Ke'ala", "Na Moku 'Eha / Ka Lei E" which blends two traditional Hawaiian songs and the timeless Motown classic, "Cruisin'" presented as a velvety duet. Along with a talented array of hand-picked musicians, Robi has successfully created another solid collection of favorites with her 4th solo release, Robi Calling.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
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
TAIMANE: Her name means “diamond” in Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up.
Among Taimane’s ‘ukulele teachers turned admirers are Roy Sakuma and Jake Shimabukuro. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences.
In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. Her breakout CD, ‘Ukulele Dance features Bach’s “Tocatta,” Lalo Schifrin’s “Mission Impossible Theme,” and pieces she wrote for the planet Neptune and the Moon, as part of her series on the solar system.
With the fierceness of a rocker, the grace of a dancer, and the pageantry of a performance artist, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is. Learn More
The duo features the acclaimed vocals of Nathan Aweau and the slack key guitar stylings of Jeff Peterson with acoustic and electric bass, ukulele, and percussion.
Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson reflect on their Hawaiian heritage in their first collaborative recording. The album features 4 original compositions by Jeff Peterson, and arrangements of classic Hawaiian standards shaped by the collective influences of broad musical backgrounds of both artists.Learn More
Her latest album, Tell U What, showcases her true talent alongside a group of highly respected musical legends – Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, and Arturo Sandoval. Scott produced the album, noting “we’ve put Brittni and her ukulele in a variety of new and different settings – Jazz, R&B, Pop, Funk, Reggae and even Classical. With the release of this CD, Brittni will have earned a place among the finest instrumental soloists of today.”
Featured tracks on the album include the Bela Fleck favorite “The Lochs of Dread,” Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin’,” and the Eddie Harris classic “Cold Duck Time.” Learn More
Left Behind Productions and Mountain Apple Company presents 'I Was Left Behind'.
Augie Tulba (aka Augie T) invites you to follow the funniest comic in Hawaii* around the islands as he creates, prepares and performs his brand new comedy routine, culminating in a sold-out concert finale performed live at the historic Hawai`i Theatre.
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• 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.”
Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Mailani, shares a little bit of her family holiday spirit with the world by way of her new CD, My Island Christmas. Inspired by Mailani’s love for this particular time of year, My Island Christmas will make the holidays come alive with the right blend of melody and harmony.
The CD features 4 original songs as well as some of our favorite holiday classics sung by one of Hawaii’s most beloved female vocalists. Mailani’s special guests add flavor to this great seasonal music. Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart will savor this most special gift for the holiday, My Island Christmas.Learn More
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Nā Palapalai's highly anticipated new album, Ha'a!
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2012 brings us to our newest release, HA'A. It is a tribute to our fans whom have somehow, Mahalo Ke Akua, become a Hawaiian music army, worldwide. Your unwavering support humbles us every day. We also dedicate this to all the hula dancers around the world, in countries we could have never dreamed of. It is for you that we sing.
We Aloha you all. The shy, keiki hula, the serious competition hula dancers, the ones who kaholo when they clean their hale. It is for you that we sing.
If you Kalākaua in the shower, we bid Aloha to you. Mahalo to the Aunties dancing hula in the front row with a beer in one hand and smoke meat in the other. It is for you that we sing.
We most humbly offer you, HA‘A. Now get up and dance.
--Nā Palapalai 2012
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Sing The Body continues to rock Hawaii’s alternative music scene with their second studio CD release Contrast. Like popular rock bands The White Stripes and The Black Keys, Sing The Body – comprised of Zack Shimizu and Elijah Oguma – take the “less is more” approach to music. They harness their deep talents to create a rich, multi-hued sound that explodes in this 11-track CD of all new material. Contrast features GRAMMY® award- winning Cellist Chris Chorney in “See It Run,” “Stockroom,” and, along with Lap Steel virtuoso Kilin Reece, “Under Eyed Child.” iTunes top selling reggae artist Mike Love is featured in “Realize.”
With Shimizu’s and Oguma’s fervent lead vocals, harmonies and an array of musical instruments combined with their quality, catchy songwriting, Sing The Body is shining brighter than ever.Learn More
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
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
My Father’s Granddaughter came at a turning point in my life. During the process of recording this album my father passed into his next journey. Lloyd Gilliom, my father, grew up on the road with my Tutu Jennie. She would instill in him three of life’s most important qualities that he later would pass on to me: Humility, Kindness and Love. As I tour the world sharing Hawaiian music, I am thankful that my daughter Madeline was able to spend time with my parents who became instrumental in helping me raise her in today’s world. I would often witness my father teaching Madeline the same life lessons he taught me. Never a dull moment in the Gilliom `Ohana. Beautiful how the circle of life works.
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
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