Nearly seven years have passed since Kainani Kahaunaele release her debut recording, Naʻu ʻOe. The world has changed, Hawaiʻi has changed, and so has Kainani. During these intervening years this gifted young woman has become a devoted wife, loving mother and respected scholar of Hawaiian language and music. It will take but a single listen for you to hear her growth as a composer, singer, and performer.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the composers of the past who have provided for us in their mele an insight to their times, ways of life, and ways of thinking. We must not forget ourselves that the compositions of today will be that historical record for generations to come. Kainani has accepted this important kuleana. Whether written by Kainani or by another, whether written for her husband, daughter, family and friends, whether deeply romantic, introspective or humorous - each song gives us a very personal glimpse into her soul and her perspective of life in Hawaiʻi today. I am certain that future generations will appreciate her insightful sharing as much as we will today.
ʻŌlaʻa, Hawaiʻi mokupuni
Executive Producers: Koops2 Entertainment & Māhuahua Music LLC
Produced by: Shawn K. Pimental of Koops2 Entertainment
Engineered by: Michael Grande at Studio Ala Moana
Mixed by: Michael Grande
Mastered by: Chris Athens of Sterling Sound
Concept and Graphic Design by: Kūhaʻo Zane of EthnicCreative
Photography by: Kūhaʻo Zane
Text Editing by: Kuʻulei Kanahele
Liner Notes by: Keola Donaghy
Pau ʻole kuʻu mahalo i kuʻu Halealoha a me kahi Kaniaulono. No ʻolua nō kēia pūʻolo aloha. E kuʻu mau kūpuna aloha o ka pō a me ke ao, nā ʻaumākua hoʻi a me ke kini akua lā - ʻEliʻeli kau mai! Aloha nui to Keonaona Hāpai, Marianne Ayau and your new kaikaina on the way! To my Kahaunaele, Pānui, and Ayau ʻohana, dear friends and supporters of my music, I am forever grateful for the unconditional aloha and the opportunities to share it with you. To My Wish List Band, Pancho Graham, Darryl Gonzales and Garret Santos, mahalo nui for our musical journey together. I continue to learn so much from you. Big thanks to your wives too! A special mahalo to our guest musicians Aaron Salā, Ernie Cruz Jr., Shawn Ishimoto, Brian Kessler and my Kaniaulono Hāpai. What an honor and pleasure to work with all of you. Mahalo Franz Kahale, Haunani Bernardino and “Jimmy” Kaholokula for the glimpse in to your world. I hope you enjoy our renditions. To the Pūnua-Anthony ʻohana, Mehanaokalā Hind ʻohana and Kahapeʻa-Tanner ʻohana, mahalo for the hoʻokipa malihini mau. To all the musicians I have had the privilege of jamming with, learning from and going deep in conversation about our music, I thank you all. Mahalo Tiffany Thurston for your kōkua and to one of my smartest friends ever- Kuʻulei Kanahele. Mahalo e kuʻu mau hoapili, Nā ʻĀpiʻialiʻi Holoholo Queens, kuʻu mau kumu a me kuʻu mau haumāna a pau. To my fashion police, what would I do without you? Sig Zane Designs, Kūhaʻo Zane, Makeup Artist Leann Y of Vanity Box Salon, Manaola Yap and Haku Hoʻopai. Mahalo piha e Keola Donaghy kou kākoʻo mau iaʻu. To all the haku mele who have left your legacies for us to learn from and enjoy, mahalo a nui. Last but certainly not least, mahalo to Shawn Kekoa Pimental and Michael Grande for a most delightful experience in our creation of this project. You guys are absolutely top notch. Mahalo nui loa for your expertise and extraodinary musical talent. I just love what you brought to my songs. Mahalo also to your wives Tehani Gonzado Pimental and Liana Grande. Looking forward to what our creation brings and all the good food that will come along with it. Ke aloha nō!