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Hawaiian Christmas
     

A Hawaiian Christmas

by Amy Hänaiali'i
 
Amy Hänaiali'i has a gorgeous voice -- that much can safely be taken as an assumption at this point. Lately, she's been exploring some new musical directions with outstanding results. On this album, she takes on the classic Christmas songbook, but with a twist: some two-thirds of the songs are in Hawaiian. What this can do for the casual listener is provide a series

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Amy Hänaiali'i has a gorgeous voice -- that much can safely be taken as an assumption at this point. Lately, she's been exploring some new musical directions with outstanding results. On this album, she takes on the classic Christmas songbook, but with a twist: some two-thirds of the songs are in Hawaiian. What this can do for the casual listener is provide a series of surprises. Glancing at the track listing, one doesn't recognize much of the fare; certainly, few listeners have a keen familiarity with "Hamau E Na Kanaka" -- or do they? Shortly into the song, despite the usage of Hawaiian, one suddenly realizes it's "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." Because of the way that the Hawaiian language can flow gently, using few hard consonants and many long vowels, the songs come out beautifully. If anything, the language conversion serves to highlight Hänaiali'i's vocals further -- you know the song, but the lyrical content is essentially removed for most listeners. No songs show themselves as clear highlights, and all somewhat equally jostle one another for their time in the spotlight. They're all standards of composition and tradition, but Amy Hänaiali'i's peerless vocals present them in a grand way.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Tiki Man Records
UPC:
0761268860224
catalogNumber:
8602

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Performance Credits

Amy Hänaiali'i   Primary Artist
Bobby Ingano   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Buddy Greene   Composer
Mark Lowry   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Milan Bertosa   Engineer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   English Translations
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Carl Boberg   Composer
Phillips Brooks   Composer
Stephen Desha   translation
John F. Young   English Translations
Stuart K. Hine   English Translations
Jon de Mello   Graphic Design
Keith Usher   Graphic Design
R. Alex Anderson   Composer

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