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New Christmas Album from Willie K

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:43:39 AM Pacific/Honolulu



Check out the new Christmas album from Willie K!

Maui's favorite son, Uncle Willie K, has been playing music and mesmerizing audiences around the world since the age of 10. Having performed with the likes of B.B. King, Santana, Prince and Willie Nelson, Willie K has garnered countless Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for both production and performance, as well as earning a spot on the inaugural GRAMMY® Award ballot for Best Hawaiian Music.



1. Let It Snow (Featuring: Alaka’i Paleka)

2. Winter Wonderland

3. Baby Its Cold Outside (Featuring: Lehua Kalima & Kanoa Leahey)

4. Ave Maria

5. Christmas Party Hop (Featuring: Na Wai Ho’olu’u o ke Anuenue)

6. Silver Bells

7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? (Featuring: Kelly Covington)

8. A Christmas Song (Featuring: Jimmy Borges)

9. O Come All Ye Faithful (Featuring the Willie K Maui Choir - Tony Takitani, Shana Lani-Carino, Leola Waikiki-Lovell, Gary Shin-Leavitt)

10. Merry Christmas Baby (Featuring: Napua Makua)

11. Jingle Bells/Kani Kani Pele

12. Do You Hear What I Hear?

**Bonus Track: One For The Troops



Check out this quick clip of track 3 featuring Lehua Kalima & Kanoa Leahey....

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Meet the artists.....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 3:40:39 PM Pacific/Honolulu

Getting to know the artists behind new album "AMY HANAIALI`I & SLACK KEY MASTERS of HAWAI`I"... in stores now!

•  Watch KGMB Morning News Friday morning 10/1 - featuring Jeff Peterson & Amy Hanaiali`i.

•  Also, tune in to Kanikapila Sunday with Derrick Malama - this Sunday 10/3 1-4pm


Visit the SLACK KEY MASTER SITE & hear the album, download photos, biographies, & more!


Photo by Kamokila de Mello

Amy Hānaiali'i's talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences and heritage. Raised on the Island of Maui in Hawai'i, Hānaiali'i was raised with the sounds of cultural chants, ancestral drum beats and kani ka pila (music played with family and friends; lit. to play music or an instrument) melded with the sights of lapis colored oceans and verdantly emerald and peridot colored mountains, both abundant with wildlife.




As a performer, Jeff has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists and groups including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, jazz bassist Rufus Reid, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, the acclaimed string quartet Ethel, and with many other artists in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. He has four recordings with Riley Lee: “Maui Morning”, “Bamboo Slack Key”,  “Haiku”, and “Haleakala”. He also released five solo guitar recording featuring his slack key artistry, “Maui On My Mind”, “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “The Artistry of Jeff Peterson”, and “Pure Slack Key”. Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reacted to hearing the CDs by writing: “Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection”, “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release”.  He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.




Over the past two decades Sonny has performed with virtually every 'name' musician in Hawaii. He is a multiple Hoku award winner, performs regularly with his family in Hawaii and Japan, and performed on Hawaii's first GRAMMY CD, "Slack Key Guitar Volume 2" (Palm Records). Sonny helped to accept the inaugural Hawaiian GRAMMY Award with GRAMMY Award winning producer Charles Michael Brotman in 2005. Sonny's speech was in Hawaiian - the first time ever that the Hawaiian language was spoken on the GRAMMY stage. "Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim" is Sonny's first solo CD. The songs include traditional slack key pieces and several songs that Sonny wrote and co-wrote with Brotman. The CD was produced by Brotman for Palm Records.




In 2009 Dennis Kamakahi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts as a member of the Sons of Hawaii and inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall Of Fame. Kamakahi continues to perform in live concerts in Hawaii and abroad and currently teaches Hawaiian slack key guitar, the History of Hawaiian songs and their meaning, and songwriting workshops in both Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.




Cyril's touring schedule has increased in the past years, taking him to Japan, Europe, and across the Mainland frequently. But, he is always mindful of the influence of his elders. He comments, "All my music comes from dad, Atta Isaacs, and Sonny Chillingworth. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here. They showed all of us young ones the way."




David "Chino" Montero is recognized as one of Hawaii's most talented guitarists and falsetto vocalists.  He has performed and recorded with many of Hawaii's top artists and was a founding member of the popular trio Palolo.  His music was featured on three Grammy Nominated recordings in 2006, 2008, and 2009.



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NEW DVD by Eddie & Myrna Kamae

Friday, September 10, 2010 9:32:41 AM Pacific/Honolulu


AVAILABLE September 28th! 

Synopsis: HAWAIIAN VOICES is an award-winning one hour documentary which pays tribute to the role of kupuna in preserving Hawaiian culture.  It focuses on the legacies of three respected Hawaiian elders whose lives bridged the transition from older times into the late 20th century.  They are Ruth Makaila Kaholoa`a of the Big Island, Hawai`i, Lilia Wahinemaika`i Hale of O`ahu and Moloka`i; and Reverend David “Kawika” Ka`alakea of Maui.  A special emphasis in the documentary is on the power of the Hawaiian language as a key to cultural continuity.  Each of these kupuna speaks the Hawaiian language fluently, as it was spoken by their families.  Each of them is a possessor of invaluable lore and recollection, a treasure whose stories, memories and perspectives need to be shared as a way of bringing the healing wisdom of the past into the often fragmented world of the present. 


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Premiere of the KGMB CAZ Special

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:31:19 AM Pacific/Honolulu

THE PREMIERE of "The Brothers Cazimero: At Home in the Islandsthe KGMB SPECIAL celebrating 35 years of The Brothers Cazimero making music together.  

Watch the premiere tomorrow night!

The Brothers Cazimero: At Home in the Islands

Premiere Broadcast: Thursday, September 9 at 9pm

Encore Presentation: Saturday, September 11 at 9pm








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NEW MUSIC: Amy Hanaiali`i & Slack Key Masters of Hawai`i

Friday, September 3, 2010 10:08:01 AM Pacific/Honolulu


A groundbreaking collaboration between Hawai`i’s top selling
female vocalist Amy Hanaiali‘i and top performers/composers
Cyril Pahinui, Jeff Peterson, Dennis Kamakahi, and Sonny Lim 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.

Brand NEW music coming your way SEPTEMBER 28th!

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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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New Music from CHUCKY Boy CHOCK

Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:57:17 PM Pacific/Honolulu

The Music of Chucky Boy Chock Vol. 1 


Chucky Boy Chock has just released his long awaited CD featuring the opening and closing theme from Hawai`i Skin Diver TV! Chucky Boy has composed songs for great artists such as Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole, The Brothers Cazimero, and Kapena, composed all songs on The Music of Chucky Boy Chock Vol. 1An accomplished musician, singer, songwriter and actor (Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum PI), Chucky Boy has been nominated for many prestigious awards such as Contemporary Album of the Year, Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year, Religious Album of the Year and of course, Song of the Year.

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Check out a video from the Hawai`i Skin Divers. It stay nutz! 


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Introducing CJ Helekahi

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:38:53 PM Pacific/Honolulu

New Music, New Artist! Check him out!


AVAILABLE August 31st! 

From the pristine & majestic town of Hana on the island of Maui, comes brand new music from new artist, CJ Helekahi.  With help from award-winning producer, Dave Tucciarone and Hawai`i's favorites Kaiolohia Funes Smith, Leokane Pryor and Pekelo Cosmo, presents CJs first CD, KA MAHINA (The Moon).  Four original songs and six classics make this album is your Hana escape!
AVAILABLE August 31st! 


Find CJ on Facebook. 


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