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Photos! Cj at Kahala Mall

Saturday, September 18, 2010 5:21:39 PM Pacific/Honolulu

CJ Helekahi & band mates (Kuhina Helekahi & Leokane Pryor) played today at the center stage at Kahala Mall! Impromptu hula dancing & plenty music playing - it was a good time! Tonight they play at the Waikiki Ho`olaule`a; starts at 7pm! Come down if you're on island and check it out! It's gonna be one big party!

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Photos! Cj at Barnes & Nobles Ala Moana

Saturday, September 18, 2010 4:51:43 PM Pacific/Honolulu

CJ Helekahi and band mates (Kuhina Helekahi, Leokane Pryor, CJ Helekahi, Jassen K Tolentino) jam it out at Barnes & Nobles Ala Moana a capella style! Chee-Hee! Check out the photos!

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CJ & Leokane: Island jumping

Friday, September 17, 2010 4:37:22 PM Pacific/Honolulu

CJ Helekahi and band mate, Leokane Pryor are on O`ahu for the weekend.  Performing at various hot spots! They stopped by the Mountain Apple office this morning to talk story about CJ's debut album "KA MAHINA" and they're home in Hana.  Check out the photos taken! ....stay tuned for the video of the interview & more....

WEEKEND Line-up for O`ahu:

FRIDAY, September 17th

•  7pm BORDERS Ward Center 

SATURDAY, September 18th 

•  11:15am ALA MOANA Center Stage ""Aloha United Way "Make & Bake" Contest"

•  12pm BARNES & NOBLES Ala Moana 

•  2pm KAHALA MALL Center Court 

•  8pm WAIKIKI HO`OLAULE`A at the Hawaiian Airlines Stage in front of the Hyatt

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Waking up HANA Style with CJ Helekahi

Friday, September 17, 2010 8:45:15 AM Pacific/Honolulu

Dancing in the street with CJ Helekahi and band mates, Leokane Pryor & Darin Leong with the KITV Morning crew! Check out the photos!

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Hana...a joyeful experience

Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:54:17 PM Pacific/Honolulu

Fellow Blogger, Joye Schwartz talks about her recent visit to a majestic town named HANA on the island of Maui.  Discovering Hana's rich culture and music and finding our very own CJ Helekahi at the Hana Hotel.   Check out Joye's Blog "Joyefulart"!

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Check out Joye's clip of CJ jamming it out at the Paniolo Lounge at the Hana Hotel!

 

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CJ Making a Splash on O`ahu

Friday, September 10, 2010 3:16:58 PM Pacific/Honolulu

CJ Helekahi is making his way to O`ahu for a fun filled weekend of music! Check out his tour schedule: 

FRIDAY, September 17th

•  5:45am KITV Morning Show 

•  7pm BORDERS Ward Center 

SATURDAY, September 18th 

•  11:15am ALA MOANA Center Stage "Aloha United Way"

•  12pm BARNES & NOBLES Ala Moana 

•  2pm KAHALA MALL Center Court 

•  8pm WAIKIKI HO`OLAULE`A at the Hawaiian Airlines Stage in front of the Hyatt

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HANA CELEBRATION & PARADE featuring performances by CJ & Leokane

Friday, September 10, 2010 1:03:59 PM Pacific/Honolulu

HANA CELEBRATION & PARADE 

Saturday, October 16th 

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entertainment featuring Maui’s own KM Hula Halau, and Hana’s own Arthur Helekahi Ohana, CJ Helekahi Leokane Pryor.

The entire town participates in this parade, and gives it a heartfelt flavor seen nowhere else....READ MORE. 

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Hana Boys play it Hawaiian Style

Friday, September 10, 2010 10:16:19 AM Pacific/Honolulu

HANA BOYS PLAY IT HAWAIIAN STYLE 

by Kamokila de Mello

Taking a quick overnight trip to Hana, Maui to explore a new artist, CJ Helekahi, was certainly a night to remember!  With laughing, drinking, music, & dancing we had ourselves a good time! You can't help but think - "THIS is exactly what Hawai`i is all about!" 

The legendary HOTEL HANA, located at the end of the Hana highway is majestic & beautiful in all aspects.  There is no adjusting period - you are at home & will find yourself happily contented.  Between the lulling waves of the ocean, the happy song of the hawaiian gecko, and the soft ocean breeze you will experience the best night's sleep of your life. Needless-to-say, my night stay was a dream come true.

The Paniolo Lounge in Hotel Hana is a hot spot for locals & tourists alike.  Offering nightly hawaiian entertainment like Hawaiian falsetto singer Leokane Pryor & up-and-coming musican, CJ Helekahi.  The hotel also offers Hula Shows for dinner guests with elegant dancers & cute little hula girls.  If you're in Hana be sure to check out the Paniolo Lounge! Call 808-248-8211 for a weekly schedule.

All photos were taken by Kamokila de Mello 

 

THE JOURNEY TO HANA on the legendary ROAD to HANA. 

The journey speaks for itself.

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The view that stops anyone in their tracks.

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The lush wildlife of a tropical paradise. 

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Waterfalls... need I say more?

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I couldn't help but include this in the blog.  The Hana District Police Station & Courthouse 1871 - 1978.  You can't help but coin the phrase "It's so cute!"

 

 

FINDING YOUR WAY to the HOTEL HANA

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This photo is from the HOTEL HANA website.  I couldn't help but use it - it captures the unbelievable view of the property perfectly. 

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The Hotel Hana's restaurant, Ka’uiki was a top choice for the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for three consecutive years, since 2007.  The hotel holds their Hula Shows here as well.  Making your dining experience an all around event.

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Adorable hula girls dancing to their heart's content. 

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PANIOLO LOUNGE 

The epic jam session that confirmed all suspicions... that Hana boys really do play it hawaiian style.  Be sure to check out CJ's DEBUT album "KA MAHINA" in stores now! 

Leokane & CJ play regularly at the Paniolo Lounge.  Call 808-248-8211 for a weekly schedule.

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Special Mahalo to all in Hana.  It was a magical experience that I hope to repeat often. The warmth & aloha of Hana is nothing to take for granted.  Hana will always have a place in my heart.

 

ISLAND MELE: CJ Helekahi by John Berger

Friday, September 10, 2010 8:56:23 AM Pacific/Honolulu

Check out the review from John Berger at the StarAdvertiser for CJ Helekahi's DEBUT album "KA MAHINA"!  

John Berger writes: "It is always a pleasant surprise to discover a "new" Hawaiian artist stepping forward as a recording artist. "New," in this case, is relative, though: Maui has known CJ Helekahi for years -- he lives in Hana -- but this beautifully crafted album makes his music available to a worldwide audience.....READ MORE"

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GRAB IT! CJ Helekahi: "KA MAHINA"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 11:53:41 AM Pacific/Honolulu

Direct From Maui, CJ Helekahi Releases New CD "Ka Mahina"

CJ "Boom" Helekahi Debut CD Brings Spirit of Hana, Maui to the World

"KA MAHINA" in-stores NOW! 

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HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  Released today, CJ Helekahi's debut CD "Ka Mahina" shares music inspired by Hana, Maui with the world. Known to many as "Boom," CJ has a reputation for the beauty of his voice, from his soaring tenor to his caressing falsetto. With the release of "Ka Mahina" (The Moon), CJ comes full circle with music that embodies the pure spirit of tropical Hana and highlights his unique vocal abilities and range. Guest artists Kaiolohia Funes Smith, Leokane Pryor and Pekelo Cosmo join CJ on "Ka Mahina" to create a Hawaiian music experience unlike any other.

Visitors to the legendary Hotel Hana-Maui have long enjoyed CJ's intimate performances, and after years of local acclaim, he is bringing his voice -- and love of Hana -- to fans everywhere. On "Ka Mahina," each song leaves a lasting and meaningful impression, including CJ's special favorites: "Church in an Old Hawaiian Town," "Hele Mai" and "Mahina 'O Hoku."

"'Church in an Old Hawaiian Town' is one of the first that I learned, and a favorite that I love to sing," said CJ Helekahi. "It builds so much feeling within me whenever I perform it. It's not the lyrics that get me; it's the memories of all the musicians that I've played with and the experiences that we all shared singing this song. I sang this song with the very first group of musicians that invited me to sing with them, and who gave me the chance to sing at Hotel Hana-Maui. Three out of five of these musicians have passed before their time. With this song, I give them so much aloha and mahalo."

"Ka Mahina" features original songs by CJ, whose songwriting style is drawn from many sources, including musicians he performed with at the Hotel Hana-Maui. For inspiration, CJ looked no further than his music-immersed childhood.

"My most memorable influence is my grand-mom, Clara Tolentino," said CJ. "When I was much younger, my brothers, sisters and I spent a lot of time with our grandparents and relatives due to my parents' busy work schedules. Where my grandparents lived, there was no electricity to play Atari or watch TV like the rest of the town, so my grandparents and relatives spent a lot of time singing. They sang many different songs, but I noticed my grand-mom humming this one tune, 'Hele Mai,' a lot. After she passed, I didn't hear or play the song until I started this project."

"Singing 'Hele Mai' means so much to me; to sing it brings me back to those times watching her hang clothes on the sundried line or sitting in her chair sewing a blanket hearing her humming away," continued CJ. "That is the way I remember my grandparents." 

Produced by Dave Tucciarone and distributed by the Mountain Apple Company HAWAI'I, "Ka Mahina" includes four original and six classic songs.

"Ka Mahina" track list:
1. Hilo Hula
2. Mele O Lana`i
3. Aloha Kaua`i
4. Church in an Old Hawaiian Town
5. Never This Lucky
6. Mahina 'O Hoku
7. Ka Mahina Malamalama
8. What Aloha Means to Me
9. I Will Never Leave You Hana, Maui
10. Hele Mai

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