The Mountain Apple Company is proud to announce the long-awaited second CD release from Hawaiian falsetto singer Leokane Pryor entitled Home Malanai. Delighted to add “and friends” to his album credit, Pryor acknowledges the many talented singers, musicians and songwriters that perfected this sparkling collection of traditional and original songs. Beautifully mixed and mastered by award-winning engineer Dave Tucciarone, Home Malanai showcases Pryor’s exquisite falsetto as well as his rich baritone that blend together to create a brilliant vocal rainbow.
Home Malanai features eight original songs including compositions by Suzanne Case, director of the Hawai‘i Nature Conservancy, songwriter Kirk Livingston of San Francisco, esteemed Hawaiian language expert Kaliko Beamer Trapp, and the notable kumu hula, performer and Hawaiian cultural educator Charles Ka‘upu (composer of the title track “Home Malanai”). Home Malanai also features the beautiful vocals of Puna Keli‘iho‘omalu of Kaimu, Hawai‘i, and CJ “Boom” Helekahi and Lee-Ann Ka‘ohelani Paman of Hana, Maui.
Pryor made his debut into the Hawaiian music world in 2000 with the success of his first CD release, Maunahele. Accompanied by his performance group Pöhai Kealoha, Pryor gained great popularity delighting audiences with his angelic falsetto vocals throughout the West Coast and Hawai’i. His first CD received wide radio play in Hawai’i, the mainland and abroad.
Born and raised in Manoa Valley on the island of O‘ahu, Pryor made his home in California for nearly 20 years before finally returning to his native Hawai‘i in 2004. Pryor has strong family roots in Kipahulu, a remote area near Hana. Fond childhood memories of times spent in Kipahulu– like an alluring fragrance- called him back to Häna- a place he now calls home. Home Malanai tells the musical tale of Pryor’s journey back home.
Since 2004, Pryor has performed nearly exclusively in Hana, Maui. With the release of Home Malanai, Leokane Pryor emerges to share his story and the beauty of his home in Hana.
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