Hawaiian Blossom

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
For her third album (the second with a wider distribution), Raiatea returns with a somewhat more traditional set than her previous, excellent affair (Sweet & Lovely). Primarily, this means a lot more falsetto singing, and somewhat more simplistic guitar strumming as accompaniment. That's not to say that she doesn't still sound great, of course. While Raiatea has matured vocally, she tends to spend more time in the falsetto range, where she does an excellent job, but one can only bemoan the loss of more time that could have been spent in her natural (read: non-falsetto) voice. Instrumentally, her sense of harmony has developed further, putting the guitar to good use ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
For her third album (the second with a wider distribution), Raiatea returns with a somewhat more traditional set than her previous, excellent affair (Sweet & Lovely). Primarily, this means a lot more falsetto singing, and somewhat more simplistic guitar strumming as accompaniment. That's not to say that she doesn't still sound great, of course. While Raiatea has matured vocally, she tends to spend more time in the falsetto range, where she does an excellent job, but one can only bemoan the loss of more time that could have been spent in her natural (read: non-falsetto) voice. Instrumentally, her sense of harmony has developed further, putting the guitar to good use to accompany herself, and pulling out some big guns for guest artist roles (Robert Cazimero and Led Kaapana are two of the guest players here). For fans of the traditional sound, but who'd like to hear that little bit of a contemporary twist that can be put on it by the newer generation, this album is excellent. For those looking for a bit of contemporary Hawaiian music while avoiding the omnipresent Jawaiian and adult contemporary types, pick up Sweet & Lovely first, but keep Hawaiian Blossom in mind for your next run at the music shop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Raiatea Helm Records
  • UPC: 761268860125
  • Catalog Number: 8601
  • Sales rank: 65,283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ahulili (3:06)
  2. 2 Poi 'Awa'awa (3:18)
  3. 3 Baby 'O Pu'ulani/Olu 'O Pu'ulani (3:44)
  4. 4 Lei Kukui (2:58)
  5. 5 Na Beauty O Kaua'i (4:01)
  6. 6 Halawa (3:22)
  7. 7 Ko'ula/Manowaiopuna (3:42)
  8. 8 Pua Tubarose (4:48)
  9. 9 Ei Nei (3:45)
  10. 10 E Ku'u Tutu (2:54)
  11. 11 E Ku'u Sweet Lei Poina 'Ole (4:37)
  12. 12 My Dede (3:19)
  13. 13 Taking a Chance on Love (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raiatea Primary Artist, Ukulele, Vocals
Robert Cazimero Vocals
Led Kaapana Slack Key Guitar
Kit Ebersbach Piano
Dave Tucciarone Keyboards
Scott Villager Clarinet
Steven Dale Jones Bass
Hung Wu Strings
Bryan Kessler Guitar
Hoku Zuttermeister Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Background Vocals, I'Pu
Claire Hazzard Strings
Casey Olsen Steel Guitar
Raiatea Helm Ukulele
TK Trumpet
Bryan Tolentino Ukulele
Abe Lagrimas Jr. Percussion
Aaron J. Sala Piano
Jack Ofoia Bass, Bass Guitar
Steve Jones Bass Guitar
Karen Becthel Strings
Mark Butlin Strings
Scott Villager Clarinet
Aaron Sala Piano
Louis R. "Moon" Kauakahi Guitar
Technical Credits
Kit Ebersbach Arranger, String Arrangements
Dave Tucciarone Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Lena Machado Composer
Traditional Composer
Raiatea Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Randy Jay Braun Cover Photo
Zachary Helm Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This young lady sings like a dream and has near perfect pitch. I first heard Raiatea sing on Maui. What impressed me most is her genuine talent. No smoke, no mirrors, no yelling, no jumping. Just an amazingly pure voice.

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