Hawaii: Music from the Islands of Aloha

Hawaii: Music from the Islands of Aloha




This album, sponsored by the Hawaiian tourism bureau, showcases a series of contemporary artists in an attempt to portray the brightest and best of the music from the island chain. As such, there's a nice mix across a series of subgenres showing aspects of the music left and right like there's no tomorrow. The album opens with the Hawaiian Style Band and a rather contemporary piece (complete with synths). Moving through the exceptional guitars of HAPA the album makes its first stop with the great Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and his plaintive, soulful voice on the gorgeous song "Kamalani." The Brothers Cazimero maintain some of that aesthetic with a bit more instrumentation and a lounge format, and a mix of traditional and contemporary comes courtesy of Willie K and Amy Hänaiali'i, two of the current masters of the duo form. One of the Beamer brothers presents a wonderful bit of slack key, and Moe Keale finishes off the first half. From this point, with a relaxed mood, the album turns back around to revisit many of the same artists in a more up-tempo form -- Kamakawiwo'ole comes back with a bouncier number, the Brothers Cazimero blend some traditional percussion and a rumbling sound, and Keola Beamer's brother Kapono has a faster, but relaxed bit of instrumental slack key. Nã Leo Pilimehana avoid their usual wedding songs in favor of a bit of ukulele party nostalgia, and the album takes a turn back toward the nostalgic end of things in response. Jack DeMello and wife Nina Kealiiwahamana perform a bit of the classic, string-section-and-harp filled exotica that made the Mountain Apple label back in the early days, HAPA go a little more traditional with their second offering (coming closer to a traditional slack key), and the album ends with the inimitable Don Ho. For a sheer wide-spanning overview of Hawaiian music made for tourists, this album delivers. There are a few major subgenres and players missing of course (Jawaiian, for example), but what's here is quite nice.

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Release Date: 06/12/2002
Label: Mountain Apple
UPC: 0761268207722
catalogNumber: 2077

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