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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
Maui conjures up magic in the eyes of people around the world and from the remote, pristine and majestic Ha-na comes brand new music… CJ Helekahi’s, Ka Mahina. Thousands visiting the Hotel Hana Maui as well as his performances with Raiatea Helm and Leokane Pryor, have heard the bell like quality of CJ’s voice. He is known to many as “Boom” and has gained a reputation far and wide for the beauty of his voice from his soaring tenor to his caressing falsetto. He’s been described as “Hana in a song” and with the help of award-winning producer, Dave Tucciarone and Hawaii favorites Kaiolohia Funes Smith, Leoka-ne Pryor and Pekelo Cosmo, presents his first CD, Ka Mahina (The Moon). This music will take you to Ha-na where you can see the stars at night and the dark side of the moon. Contains four original songs and six classics.Learn More
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
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 .
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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.
Hawai`i is the most romantic place on earth… a place that surrounds us with such beauty that it inspires us to a love one another and this place. The spirit of love and aloha is what we hope to share with this music.
Here are a few of our favorite songs performed by some of the biggest artists in the industry.
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
Maui On My Mind presents a vibrant array of new compositions for the island of Maui and its people by Grammy® Award Winner and Multiple Na- Ho-ku- Hanohano Award Winner Jeff Peterson.
Jeff draws on his roots from traditional slack key guitar then reaches far beyond to reveal the Maui of yesterday and today. From the Paniolo town of Makawao to the depths of the Pu’u Kukui rainforest in the West Maui Mountains, Maui is revealed in these solo instrumental guitar pieces. New arrangements of classic songs include Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and Glen Miller’s “In The Mood.” Seventeen songs highlight Jeff’s signature sound that combines innovative technique with traditional Hawaiian style and has allowed him to emerge as a leader among a new generation of slack key guitarists.
Rising in Love is classic Lehua. Original, rich in romance and supported by an amazing band featuring Shawn Pimental on guitar & drums, Michael Grande on keyboards & piano, Imua Garza on electric & acoustic guitar, Randy Aloya on bass, Kaleo del Sol on guitar & vocals, Jay Dee Mannes on pedal steel, Michael Paulo on - saxophone and Jon Porlas on percussion. While still performing as a vital part of Na Leo, Lehua Kalima spreads her wings releasing this much-demanded solo CD debut.
Lehua’s talent extends beyond the sultry tone it lends to the group’s sound and her lyrics have been award winning and memorable. Prevailing with three Na- Ho- ku- Hanohano Awards for Best Song of the Year in 1996 for “Flying With Angels,” in 1999 for “Rest of Your Life” and in 2001 for “Saving Forever,” Lehua thrives in an unmatched category as a lyricist.
While at Kamehameha Schools, Lehua Kalima joined with two good friends, Nalani Choy and Angela Morales to form Na Leo Pilimehana. In their senior year, they won a huge radio competition in Honolulu, Brown Bags to Stardom, playing in front of thousands at the Waikiki Shell. Nineteen albums and 20 Na Hoku Hanohano awards later, they continue to record and perform throughout the world.
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• The best Hawaiian compilation ever at a price everyone can afford.
• Surely to become your favorite Hawaiian music mix!
• Features many of Hawaii’s top recording artists Learn More
Twice-Grammy® nominated international Hawaiian recording star, Raiatea Helm adds to her list of award-winning music with the release of her long-awaited solo CD Sea of Love. As a courageous “new traditionalist” of Hawaiian music, Raiatea Helm’s collection of songs in Sea of Love takes the musical stylings of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and makes them fresh through vibrant, innovative arrangements. This collection of songs draws upon the signature sounds of a bygone era in Waikiki and captures the sizzle of brushes on a snare drum and ‘sock’ cymbal, the use of maracas, congas and bongos, and the uplifting rhythms of the vibraphones, the bass, the steel guitar, and the piano. When Raiatea Helm’s sparkling vocals are placed within the energy of this effervescent instrumentation, she breathes new life to songs from a by-gone era that were once performed throughout Waikiki and known simply as “Hawaiian Club” music.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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