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Legendary big-wave rider, Makua Rothman has entered the wonderful world of music with his debut album SOUND WAVE!
Teaming up with the Mountain Apple Company and legendary artist, composer, producer [and of course, surfer] John “Feldy” Feldmann - Makua has in turn created a beautiful keystone for his musical career. “SOUND WAVE” embraces an island pop and romantic rock vibe that emanates from Makua’s world travels and homegrown background. His ability to transform waves of sound into messages of aloha reveals his genuine passion for life.
Get caught up with SOUND WAVE as it takes you on a new and exciting adventure where music makers meet wave riders in this collision of creative collaboration.Learn More
Raised on homestead land in Waimanalo, Lolena ‘Lena’ Naipo, Jr. goes back to his roots with his band Kahulanui in their first release, Hula Ku‘i. Kahulanui is an inspiration passed down from his grandfather Robert Kahulanui. Lolena remembers stories of his grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. It was from these beginnings that he draws from for Hula Ku‘i. “Throughout Hawai‘i in the 20s and 30s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performed classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawai‘i today. With musical influences from Uncle Alvin Kaleolani Isaac, Ray Kinney, Sam Koki, Lani McIntryre and even Spike Jones, I am excited for you to hear Kahulanui with the Kahulanui horn section. It’s Hawaiian Swing at its finest and with today’s technology and the magic of GRAMMY® award-winning engineer/producer Charles Michael Brotman, you have one of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands. You won’t be sitting for long once you hear Kahulanui’s Hula Ku‘i... ‘ami aku, ‘ami mai, ‘ami ‘ami malie…“ - Skylark Rossetti
Life is about learning and about celebrating wisdom through experiences and kupuna (elders). It has been 8 years since Sean Na`auao has released a solo album and Sean would agree it seems like a blink of an eye. Sean has continued his live performaces never wavering from what keeps him going everyday, his music. For Sean, he found his musical journey very personal. Finding inspiration through his ancestors - his kupuna and from his very gut – his na`au - he found his musical heritage with the recording of his new CD. This coming of age album captures the very essence of his Hawaiian music career. Showcasing a masterful musician doing what he does best making Hawaiian music. This 11-song CD embraces his ancestry and reminisces sounds from his childhood while looking forward to a bright future perpetuating the Hawaiian music for all generations.
It is N A ` A U A O. Learn More
• Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Graphics, Liner Notes, and Christmas Album of the Year.
• Deluxe 16-page color booklet with photos, English and Hawaiian lyrics and notes from Kuana.
• Largest Hawaiian music CD production of the year with piano, live strings, a Disney accordion player, a Koto player flown in from Japan, two steel guitarists, Kuana on ukulele, bass and guitar.
• His first ever English song, the hapa haole “Makapu’u Moonlight.”
• Compositions span a 10-year period with two being written in one day while Kuana was in Sorrento, Italy – “Aloha Sorrento” and “Beauty A’o Moloka’i.”
Available: April 8, 2014
Kuana Torres Kalele - Winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano's Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year Awards and more - will release his new CD "Hawaii Keawe" on April 8, 2014. "Hawaii Keawe" kicks off a 6 CD series from Kuana, full on original mele composed by Kuana himself. Celebrate Hawaii Island with this new release tailored for Hawaiian Music and Hula lovers alike.Learn More
Hitchhike Records & The Mountain Apple Company are proud to announce the release of a fantastic Jake Shimabukuro, full length concert on DVD. The 85 minute show was recorded in Boulder, Colorado just this past September.
A great finale to his 2013 "Grand Ukulele" tour.Learn More
Those who love his music won’t be disappointed by his newest effort, Lei Maile, which builds upon his first album’s success. Mark has carefully assembled an ecclectic variety of songs for this new project, which showcase his versatility and prowess as a vocalist and musician. This sophomore album includes 5 original songs, 3 of which were penned by one of Mark’s mentors, Uncle Johnny Lum Ho. Mark co-wrote the title track, “Lei Maile,” and also composed a delightful hapa haole tune, “Maui Under Moonlight,” which is sure to engage listeners of all ages. This collection of songs also includes old favorites that haven’t been heard in years like “Beauty,” “Be Still ‘Oe,” “Ku‘u Milimili,” and Aunty Alice Namakelua’s “Hanohano No ‘O Hawai‘i.” Timeless classics like “Danny Boy” and “Kanaka Waiwai” are rounded out by a surprising but fitting choice, the Carpenter’s well-known tune, “Yesterday Once More,” featuring the beautiful vocals of Lehua Kalima.
Mark Yamanaka is a remarkable example of raw, undeniable talent embodied in a humble musician, composer and vocalist. The thousands of people that fell in love with his unique sound will embrace his newest effort, Lei Maile, and those discovering him for the first time will revel in his classic but innovative sound. Learn More
Multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, Mailani, shares a little bit of her family holiday spirit with the world by way of her new CD, My Island Christmas. Inspired by Mailani’s love for this particular time of year, My Island Christmas will make the holidays come alive with the right blend of melody and harmony.
The CD features 4 original songs as well as some of our favorite holiday classics sung by one of Hawaii’s most beloved female vocalists. Mailani’s special guests add flavor to this great seasonal music. Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart will savor this most special gift for the holiday, My Island Christmas.Learn More
Lei Kulaia, (to adorn festively) is what 5 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Napua, has chosen to call her very first holiday album. This release is just that... festive!! The album opens with a traditional chant for Lonoikamakahiki, the god of peace and fertility for Hawaiian traditionalists. Lono’s arrival and departure in the islands is marked by awesome weather pattern changes. These changes last from mid November to early February thus marking the “holiday season” for native Hawaiians. Napua’s versatile vocals coupled with the artful musicianship of up and coming producer and musician, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing prove to bring the spirit of the holidays right into your home.Learn More
Merry Ukulele Christmas, by Hawaii's virtuoso, Kalei Gamiao, is the ideal companion for "all things Christmas." Twelve sweetly spirited acoustic instrumentals glisten under Kalei's intricate ukulele handiwork. "Silent Night," "The Prayer," "What Child is This?" and "O Holy Night," are blissfully serene while standards "Winter Wonderland," "All I Want for Christmas is You, "Let It Snow," and "Linus and Lucy" are joyful and upbeat. Homegrown favorites, "Mele Kalikimaka," and "Holiday Hula," are delightfully playful while Kalei's original, "Winter Surf," will be the next must-have for ukulele fans. This season's shining star, Merry Ukulele Christmas, is the go-to holiday collection for an incredibly cool Yule.Learn More
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Sing The Body continues to rock Hawaii’s alternative music scene with their second studio CD release Contrast. Like popular rock bands The White Stripes and The Black Keys, Sing The Body – comprised of Zack Shimizu and Elijah Oguma – take the “less is more” approach to music. They harness their deep talents to create a rich, multi-hued sound that explodes in this 11-track CD of all new material. Contrast features GRAMMY® award- winning Cellist Chris Chorney in “See It Run,” “Stockroom,” and, along with Lap Steel virtuoso Kilin Reece, “Under Eyed Child.” iTunes top selling reggae artist Mike Love is featured in “Realize.”
With Shimizu’s and Oguma’s fervent lead vocals, harmonies and an array of musical instruments combined with their quality, catchy songwriting, Sing The Body is shining brighter than ever.Learn More
Those who are fans of Kūpaoaʼs music are sure to love this newest assembly of songs and those discovering them for the first time will be quick to fall in love with this talented pair.Learn More
Nā Leo IS the soundtrack of Hawai‘i. One can’t turn on a radio without hearing “Flying with Angels,” “I Miss You My Hawai‘i,” “Local Boys,” “North Shore Serenade,” and more. They have had national radio success as well with “Poetry Man,” and “The Rest of Your Life,” selling over a million CD’s.
With the release of Romantic Waikiki, Nā Leo continues to create memories. 11 new sound recordings tell the nostalgic story of Waikiki decades ago, with four brand-new originals.
You know how a song can capture a moment in time? Come experience that moment with us... Romantic Waikiki.Learn More
TAIMANE: Her name means “diamond” in Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up.
Among Taimane’s ‘ukulele teachers turned admirers are Roy Sakuma and Jake Shimabukuro. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences.
In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. Her breakout CD, ‘Ukulele Dance features Bach’s “Tocatta,” Lalo Schifrin’s “Mission Impossible Theme,” and pieces she wrote for the planet Neptune and the Moon, as part of her series on the solar system.
With the fierceness of a rocker, the grace of a dancer, and the pageantry of a performance artist, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is. Learn More
`E, `I, and `A are trail markers of her musical expedition which have taken Hawaiian music lovers to new heights, only to fall for her fresh and lilting style. Here, a collection of the songs she penned along the way. Including some of her favorites and three new songs as well. For Natalie it will always be about the journey, so come. Hear her. She will take you there.Learn More
Every song that Küpaoa records has a story and this collection includes 7 of the pair’s most poignant and cherished pieces. Many of these carefully chosen gems are never-before recorded originals with the notable exception of the title track, I Know You By Heart. The remaining songs were either penned by the couple or by close friends, including multi-award winning composer, Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier. As Küpaoa has matured, the intimacy shared in their music has deepened. They have blossomed, sharing more of their essence through song and story while allowing their music to become a reflection of themselves. They invite you into their lives with their debut EP, I Know You By Heart.Learn More
Following the selection as Group of the Year at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the KUmZ duo continues to strive forward in perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through music and dance with their fourth release.
The phrase "You Should Know By Now" comes from the song "Do I Love You?" but it first became familiar to them as their Kumu Robert Cazimero would always say it and write it in notes and cards. The phrase has since stuck with KUmZ as a beautiful way to say I love you to someone and to express that sentiment of love.
The CD is filled with new compositions that tell stories of their haumana, places they have visited, and experiences they have shared together. The CD also features mele that were written by the haumana of Halau I Ka Wekiu.Learn More
The duo features the acclaimed vocals of Nathan Aweau and the slack key guitar stylings of Jeff Peterson with acoustic and electric bass, ukulele, and percussion.
Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson reflect on their Hawaiian heritage in their first collaborative recording. The album features 4 original compositions by Jeff Peterson, and arrangements of classic Hawaiian standards shaped by the collective influences of broad musical backgrounds of both artists.Learn More
Hula is a huge part of who I am. I dance hula; I study hula; I teach hula. I sing so people can express the music in this important form of dance that defines my culture. Hula extends the meaning of that music, tells its story physically and through the heart of its people.
Hula and Hula 2 have been labors of love. I was and continue to be humbled by their success inside the hula and Hawaiian music community; by the visitor to these lands and to fans of Hawaiian music around the world. I take this opportunity to thank you for your support, for your appreciation of the music and the dance.Learn More
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