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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
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
Hula is a huge part of who I am. I dance hula; I study hula; I teach hula. I sing so people can express the music in this important form of dance that defines my culture. Hula extends the meaning of that music, tells its story physically and through the heart of its people.
Hula and Hula 2 have been labors of love. I was and continue to be humbled by their success inside the hula and Hawaiian music community; by the visitor to these lands and to fans of Hawaiian music around the world. I take this opportunity to thank you for your support, for your appreciation of the music and the dance.Learn More
At the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Kuana's KAUNALOA was recognized and made one of the most heavily awarded albums in Hawaiian music history. He has become a pacesetter In Hawaiian music with his last two releases debuting at the top of the Billboard World Music Charts and iTunes World
Kuana Torres Kahele, 2012 Male Vocalist of the Year, offers his newest, HILO FOR THE HOLIDAYS as one of this year's hottest gifts of the season.
This impressive collection of 10 songs combines the perfect balance of originals from Kuana, refreshing hapa haole hits and classic holiday songs all performed with Kuana's unforgettable, soaring vocals.
Take yourself to, HILO FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 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 love his music won’t be disappointed by his newest effort, Lei Maile, which builds upon his first album’s success. Mark has carefully assembled an ecclectic variety of songs for this new project, which showcase his versatility and prowess as a vocalist and musician. This sophomore album includes 5 original songs, 3 of which were penned by one of Mark’s mentors, Uncle Johnny Lum Ho. Mark co-wrote the title track, “Lei Maile,” and also composed a delightful hapa haole tune, “Maui Under Moonlight,” which is sure to engage listeners of all ages. This collection of songs also includes old favorites that haven’t been heard in years like “Beauty,” “Be Still ‘Oe,” “Ku‘u Milimili,” and Aunty Alice Namakelua’s “Hanohano No ‘O Hawai‘i.” Timeless classics like “Danny Boy” and “Kanaka Waiwai” are rounded out by a surprising but fitting choice, the Carpenter’s well-known tune, “Yesterday Once More,” featuring the beautiful vocals of Lehua Kalima.
Mark Yamanaka is a remarkable example of raw, undeniable talent embodied in a humble musician, composer and vocalist. The thousands of people that fell in love with his unique sound will embrace his newest effort, Lei Maile, and those discovering him for the first time will revel in his classic but innovative sound. Learn More
Jake Shimabukuro's highly anticipated follow up to his last record, 2011's "Peace Love Ukulele", which topped Billboard's World Albums chart. Shimabukuro describes recording the album as a "truly magical experience for me. I'm just excited." All the tracks on the album (a mix of original songs, as well as covers) were played and recorded live. "There were absolutely no overdubs," notes Shimabukuro. "Bringing all these people together, and everyone brings their own experience, their own background, their own interpretation, their own spirit, and love and passion for music."
Produced by Alan Parsons, assistant engineer of the Beatles "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon." Orchestration for the CD was done by Kip Winger, and it's a real treat. The album will not only take Jake to the next level, but is poised to redefine the Ukulele itself. Jake's version of "Over The Rainbow" is completely "over the top" and his cover version of "Rolling In The Deep" is incredible.
Lei Kulaia, (to adorn festively) is what 5 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Napua, has chosen to call her very first holiday album. This release is just that... festive!! The album opens with a traditional chant for Lonoikamakahiki, the god of peace and fertility for Hawaiian traditionalists. Lono’s arrival and departure in the islands is marked by awesome weather pattern changes. These changes last from mid November to early February thus marking the “holiday season” for native Hawaiians. Napua’s versatile vocals coupled with the artful musicianship of up and coming producer and musician, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing prove to bring the spirit of the holidays right into your home.Learn More
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
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
“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
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Jeff Peterson has established himself as one of the leading slack key guitarists of his generation taking the music from his roots in the ranch lands of upcountry Maui to concert stages around the world and the big screen in the recent Oscar-winning film The Descendants starring George Clooney.
For more information on the artist and songs on this recording please visit Jeff's website at www.JeffPetersonGuitar.comLearn 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
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
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
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.Learn More
• 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.”
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
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
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