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Posted on: Saturday, January 13, 2001

Island Sounds
Kapena mixes past and future

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

(KDE Records, 6300)

Audio sample of "Tau Koula" by Kapena in mp3 or RealAudio format. RealAudio requires a plug-in.

Kapena’s first CD of 2001 is both a glimpse into its future and a mirror of its past.

Kelly Boy DeLima and his partners Tivani and Timo Tatofi move forward with a 10-tune sampler that reflects the group’s reign as one of the best contemporary Hawaiian music groups in the Islands.

"Kuu Home O Waimanalo," for instance, speaks of the carefree life in Waimanalo.

"Tau Koula" is a traditional Tongan tune given a seductive, thumping rock beat. It supposedly has ceremonial roots linked to a native festival, but Kapena’s reading plays up the party spirit.

"Beyond Today" is a ballad that could emerge as a commencement season anthem. The break-out tune should be "Be As One," a love song with an uncredited female voice that ranks as one of Kapena’s best efforts, reminiscent of a Lionel Ritchie-Diana Ross union.

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