In 1989 Rounder released this compilation of early recordings of Hawaiian singers, with other volumes released to represent other genres of Hawaiian music. While the sound quality is less than exceptional on many of the tracks (all of the recordings were made before 1934, and many have only a few known copies in existence -- one can't be too picky), the musical quality is rather good. There are no less than four recordings of Mme. Riviere's Hawaiians, featuring Rose and Tau Moe for the vocals, showcasing the use of yodeling in Hawaiian music, probably introduced by immigrants in the early 19th century. Also included are a couple of tracks from the steel guitar legend Sol Hoopii (also the only native to ever record "Aloha'oi," though that song isn't included in the compilation). Aside from those major highlights, the main components of the album (and post-missionary, post-immigration Hawaiian music in general) are the use of falsetto singing and yodeling, by both genres, probably originating from Mexican and Portuguese cowboys, the "paniolos," who also introduced the second major feature of the music: the guitar. The addition of a steel (similar to bottlenecks) on a guitar by the locals made a music distinctively Hawaiian. Both of these features are well showcased on the album, as are most aspects of music that is stereotypically Hawaiian (though the pre-missionary form of hula chanting is almost entirely absent). If a listener were interested in early music of this type, this might not be a bad place to start.