Mele Kalikimaka, from us to you. Here’s Amy Hanaiali’i and Jake Shimabukuro with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, live at the Blaisdell.
Well we really hope you’ve enjoyed this NS at 1,000 Hawai’ian Music Celebration Extravaganza and Potluck. ‘Ili and I would like to thank our readers for doing all that reading that you do. I know it’s hard to read more than 140 characters at a time these days but, really, we appreciate it.
Play us off, Jon & Randy, with the beautiful “Hawai’ian Eyes”.
Gabby Pahinui is widely loved as one of the fathers of Hawai’ian music. As both a solo musician and a member of the Sons of Hawaii, his mix of slack-key guitar and traditional Hawai’ian songs was majorly influential on many who would follow. So that’s why we’re posting him twice! That and how he’s awesome, of course.
This is an old recording I’ve never heard before, “Wai O Ke Aniani.”
In 1946, Gabby Pahinui recorded what may have been the first slack key guitar record, “Hi’ilawe”. Here he is performing it in the documentary “Slack Key & Other Notes”, which is sadly apparently not for sale.
“Drop Baby Drop” is one of the gems of Hawai’ian contemporary pop. Released in 1995, it’s received steady airplay ever since. If you tune in to KINE 105.1 FM you’ll almost certainly hear it within the hour.
Here’s The Mana’o Company — who make a pleasant mix of Hawaiian, reggae, and R&B — performing the song live in 2010. (Don’t miss the somewhat awkward dancing by the crowd.)
There sadly doesn’t appear to exist that much footage of the late, great Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, at least on YouTube. He died in 1997, just narrowly missing the age where everything that ever happens is recorded and uploaded to the internet.
A big exception are Iz’s performances in the Hot Hawaiian Nights series of concerts. There’s even a DVD collecting these for the die-hard fans. One of the songs he performed, along with Roland Cazimero and Mel Amina, was “Panini Pua Kea.”
I would be remiss, in any discussion of Hawai’ian music, to not discuss covers. For whatever reason, the culture of Hawai’ian contemporary pop is one where covers thrive. Personally, I find it a refreshing change, especially from the world of hip hop which is incredibly authorial.
Anyway here’s the incredible Ka’au Crater Boys — who are well known for their covers — covering Orleans’s “Still The One” off their first album.
My favorite Hawai’ian band, for pretty much my entire life, has been Olomana. Their songs are twinged with influences of the music from the continental United States from the ’60s and ’70s, especially folk and country. But their music is unquestionably Hawai’ian, with the dazzling slack key guitar and vocal harmonies that it seems everyone excelled at during the ’70s.
This is “Walk Through a Rainbow.”
Hello! I must extend my apologies for leaving you all without a post yesterday. I believe this snaps a streak we had of more than a year with at least one post a day.
The reason for the break is that neither Colin nor I could figure out what to do for our thousandth post on Nullary Sources, which turns out to be this one right here. So yesterday came and went.
To make up for it, we’re going to post nothing but Hawai’ian music all day today. First up is “Pua Lilia” from The Sunday Manoa’s second album. The Sunday Manoa was perhaps the very first contemporary Hawai’ian music group, so I figured they’d be a good place to start.
Plus, Peter Moon’s solo starting at 1:35 is one of the best there ever was.