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Hele Mai
As a young gentleman I never stopped listening to music.  I loved to listen to music at parties and family gatherings.  One of the songs that I recognized hearing was Hele Mai.  My grandmother in her later years sang it while doing chores around the house.  Even when she sat alone in her chair sewing a blanket one would hear her humming this tune.  It means so much to me to sing this song for my grandparents who shared their gift of songs that they loved, and reminds me to thank the father up above for the opportunity to be blessed with a family that loves me.

Mele O Lana`i
I later on went to Lahainaluna high school where I first heard this next mele. Mele O Läna`i is a mele that my Auntie G-Girl Keli`iho`omalu sang on her first CD featuring her son Puna, my cousin.  She was the first person in my life that I knew personally who had an album.  It gave me the hope for one day that I may venture into music.  She had an original sound that was so soothing to the ears and treasured by so many people.  I dedicate my version to my Auntie and all her `ohana from Kalapana, HI.

I Will Never Leave You Hana, Maui
I Will Never Leave You Häna, Maui is one of the first songs that I wrote while on dinner break at the Hotel Häna Maui.  I thought how lucky I was to live and work in a place that I loved so much and how many gifts Häna has given to me throughout my life.  Many have come here from around the world to visit and say that there’s just something about Häna that draws them.  Those who have lived here for decades say that is what brought them here.  It gave me a safe place to be raised in, a Hawaiian community where everyone knows each other and supports one another and a place that calls me home where ever I am in the world.

Church in an Old Hawaiian Town
Church in an Old Hawaiian Town is one of my first and favorite songs that I love to sing.  It builds so much feeling within me when I sing it.  It brings memories of musicians that I’ve played with in my life that have already passed on.  All together they leave behind more than a century’s worth of mana`o, experience, talent, love and understanding that I may never receive in a lifetime.  This song is for all those Häna musicians that are here and those that have moved on.  We miss you all.

Aloha Kaua`i
Aloha Kaua`i is a tribute to Hälau Hula `O Aluanu of Häna and their Kumu Hula Carol Aluanu Kapu.  In the beginnings of my love for music, the Hälau generously invited me to become one of their musicians.  This act of generosity really helped me to love and play Hawaiian music.  At that time I didn't think I would ever be singing for people.  It later grew into deeper adoration of the culture and admiration for the people that live the lifestyle.  The dancers and the kumu inspired me with their discipline and experience and gave me the opportunity to reassess the lifestyle that I was living.  For all those members and `ohana of Hälau Hula `O Aluanu I give this gift of song.

Hilo Hula
In the beginning of my career of playing Hawaiian music, Kaiolohia (Kai) Funes Smith had grown up to be an accomplished musician and Hawaiian singer that the town of Häna hasn’t seen in many decades.  He became a frequent name used among many top artists in Hawai`i.  His musicianship and falsetto voice has no bounds.  Since singing along with him at times I’ve learned a lot from listening to him sing and play.  While singing along with him he sang Hilo Hula in a way I’ve never heard it sang and through that experience I embellished this version in that same way. 

Ka Mahina Malamalama
Ka Mahina Mälamalama was a song the Kai wrote about cruising on a beautiful moonlit night with beloved friends.  He writes: ‘A moon put above all, so high in the clouds with a beauty that is a close companion of the heart.  Full of ways to the inner self in the cool breeze of the famous Malualua wind.  So luscious is the light of the moon like your beauty’.  A beautiful mele.

Mahina `O Hoku
The first time I fell in love with Mahina `O Hoku was when my Auntie sang it with my Uncle playing guitar in the background.  She sang it with so much feeling that it forever changed the way I perform in front of people. I will never forget that moment.

Never This Lucky
Never This Lucky is a song I wrote about a dream that I had.  It felt so real to me that I thought it was really happening to me.  How could a dream feel that way to me?   So real.

What Aloha Means to Me
This is a song that I co-wrote with my wife.  She wrote the first verse from her perspective and the second, from mine.   I gave it an upbeat melody that I felt fit the lyric.  It's just a happy little song that we wrote about our love for Hawai`i.

Musicians

Hilo Hula
Written by Joe Kalima
Rhythm `Ukulele: CJ Helekahi
Rhythm Guitar: Mon Tolentino
Electric Bass/Vocals: Glenwood Tolentino
Lead Guitar: Pekelo Cosma
Lead Guitar/Vocals: Kaiolohia Smith

Mele O Lana`i
Music/Lyrics by Val Kepilino
Rhythm `Ukulele: CJ Helekahi
Rhythm Guitar: Mon Tolentino
Upright Bass: Dave Tucciarone
Lead `Ukulele: Glenwood Tolentino
Lead Guitar: Pekelo Cosma
Vocals: Leokäne Pryor

Aloha Kaua`i
Written by Ma`iki Aiu
Rhythm `Ukulele: CJ Helekahi
Rhythm Guitar: Mon Tolentino
Upright Bass: Dave Tucciarone
Lead Guitar: Dave Tucciarone
Vocals: Leokäne Pryor

Church in an Old Hawaiian Town
Written by John Noble
Lead Guitar: Dave Tucciarone

Never This Lucky
Music/Lyrics by CJ Helekahi
Synthesizers: Dave Cochrane
Rhythm `Ukulele: CJ Helekahi
Lead `Ukulele: Vince Esquire

Mahina `O Hoku
Written by Lillian Awa
Rhythm `Ukulele/Vocals: Leokäne Pryor
Electric Bass: Dave Tucciarone
Lead Guitar: Dave Tucciarone

Ka Mahina Mālamalama
Lyrics by Kaiolohia Funes Smith
Music by CJ Helekahi
Rhythm Guitar: Pekelo Cosma
Rhythm `Ukulele/Vocals/Electric Bass: Glenwood Tolentino
Rhythm Upright Bass/Vocals/Lead Guitar: Kaiolohia Funes Smith

What Aloha Means To Me
Lyrics by CJ and Tanya Falk Helekahi
Music by CJ Helekahi
Rhythm `Ukulele/Electric Bass: Glenwood Tolentino
Lead `Ukulele/Lead Guitar: Kaiolohia Funes Smith
Vocals: Leokäne Pryor

I Will Never Leave You Hana, Maui
Music/Lyrics by CJ Helekahi
Rhythm `Ukulele: Leokäne Pryor
Lead Guitar/Electric Bass: Dave Tucciarone

Hele Mai
Traditional Hymn
Rhythm `Ukulele: Glenwood Tolentino