Lei Hali'a

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A sleeve note to Keali'i Reichel's album Lei Hali'a provides the seal of approval of 'Ahahui 'Olelo Hawai'i recognizing "the careful use of the Hawaiian language as presented in this musical project, in both the pronunciation and in the written form of the language." That would seem to give the impression of a recording of traditional Hawaiian music, but that is only partially the case. Many of the songs on the album are traditional ones, but even then the arrangements are often new. And Reichel mixes in his versions of adult contemporary pop, including songs written by Diane Warren ("Every Road Leads Back to You") and Richard Marx ("Now and Forever"), as well as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A sleeve note to Keali'i Reichel's album Lei Hali'a provides the seal of approval of 'Ahahui 'Olelo Hawai'i recognizing "the careful use of the Hawaiian language as presented in this musical project, in both the pronunciation and in the written form of the language." That would seem to give the impression of a recording of traditional Hawaiian music, but that is only partially the case. Many of the songs on the album are traditional ones, but even then the arrangements are often new. And Reichel mixes in his versions of adult contemporary pop, including songs written by Diane Warren ("Every Road Leads Back to You") and Richard Marx ("Now and Forever"), as well as a cover of Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King. His version of "Stay," a song written by Carol Maillard, is an a cappella doo wop treatment on which he sings all the parts himself. Thus, Reichel here is a Hawaiian artist, but not a purist by any means. Whether singing in English or Hawaiian, he uses his versatile tenor voice to make pleasing light pop music likely to appeal beyond the shores of his native islands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Punahele Productions
  • UPC: 702681009920
  • Catalog Number: 10099
  • Sales rank: 58,746

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keali'i Reichel Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Chant
Kevin Brown Guitar
Tennyson Stephens Piano
Robi Kahakalau Vocals
David Choy Soprano Saxophone
Uluwehi Guerrero Background Vocals, Chant
Sheldon Brown Ukulele
Alan Villaren Guitar
William Aarona Background Vocals
James Lawrence Bass, Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Kapono Beamer Slack Key Guitar
Anna Womack Viola
Star Williams Background Vocals
Bruce Hamada Bass, Keyboards
Sandra Wong Strings
Hung Wu Strings
Zhao Yu Strings
Keiko S. Zou Strings, Violin
Manu Boyd Background Vocals
Horace Dudoit Background Vocals
Claire Hazzard Strings, Violin
Chris Kamaka Background Vocals
Janet Dubay Strings
Karen Fujimoto Strings
Rachel Gonzales Background Vocals
Naomi Stephens Background Vocals, Chant
Moses Kane Bass
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Tennyson Stephens Director
Keali'i Reichel Producer
Fred Krauss Producer
Jim Linkner Producer, Engineer
Bart Bascone String Arrangements
Rob Hawes Artwork
Puakea Nogelmeier Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We love the Toad Song

    Very sweet voice. Liquid, soothing. Ethnic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!

    Keali'i Reichel's music is spellbinding. A real piece of the islands.

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