Hui Aloha

Hui Aloha

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Hui Aloha means "meeting of compassion." That's how slack key guitarist Dennis Kamakahi explains his quartet's name. Other members of the quartet include George Kuo, also playing slack key guitar, bassist Martin Pahinui, and ukelele player David Kamakahi. Of course, all four contribute to the vocal harmonies. With the encouragement of producer/pianist

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Hui Aloha means "meeting of compassion." That's how slack key guitarist Dennis Kamakahi explains his quartet's name. Other members of the quartet include George Kuo, also playing slack key guitar, bassist Martin Pahinui, and ukelele player David Kamakahi. Of course, all four contribute to the vocal harmonies. With the encouragement of producer/pianist George Winston, these musicians formalized their musical collaboration to recreate the lush and freewheeling spirit of the famous slack key bands of the 1970s. Each song alternates between lush vocals, breaks of stylish fingerstyle guitar work, and glowing swirls of ukelele. It's a little bit country, a little bit cowboy, a little bit Spanish, and all Island. It's as mouthwatering as a ripe mango. The in-depth liner notes (complete with guitar tunings) and translated lyrics are easy to read and add to the enjoyment of the music and its history. HUI ALOHA is a vacation on a silver disk. Hopefully, this album will spark another Golden Age for this radiant music.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Featuring four of the best-known and most respected slack-key guitar players in Hawaii, Dennis Kamakahi, David Kamakahi, George Kuo, and Martin Pahnui, Hui Aloha manages to take great strides toward pulling slack-key guitar music out of the hands of the new age genre that has co-opted it, and placing it firmly back within its historical context. Sweetly supported by bass, ukulele, and vocals, the songs deal with historical and cultural themes without entirely dwelling in the past. The musicians' creativity allows for several tributes to modern music, including a distinct Latin influence on one song, and an introduction on another which follows the melody of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." Part of a general resurgence of recordings from slack-key artists, this album does a fine job of documenting their traditions and innovations.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0080223805323
catalogNumber:
38053

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Performance Credits

Hui Aloha   Primary Artist
David   Ukulele,Background Vocals
Dennis   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Howard Johnston   Producer,Engineer
George Winston   Producer
George Kuo   Producer
Dennis Kamakahi   Producer,translation
Jay Junker   Liner Notes
Porter Miller   Engineer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Joanie K.Y. Chan   Art Direction
Joe Keawe   translation
Larry Lindsey Kimura   translation
Eugene Lancette   Cover Photo
Aaron Mahi   translation
Elizabeth K. Sumner   translation
Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani   Composer
Lena Sails   Composer

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Hui Aloha 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THERE THE SOUND THAT WAS MISSING!! IN THIS C.D. YOU CAN HEAR TWO GENERAITIONS COME TOGHTER LIKE AS TO SAY THAT HAWAIIAN MUSIC WILL NOT DIE....GOD BLESS THEM ALL !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very relaxing and soothing yet uplifting at the same time.