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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 19, 2001

CD review
'Holomua' mixes old with new

 •  Sean Na'auao CDs offer a double treat in style
 •  'Progression' pulls off updated oldies

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

By Sean Na'auao
Poi Pounder Records

For his first all-Hawaiian CD, Na'auao mixes old with new in the spirit of yesteryear — straightforward singing, sometimes in the mood of a backyard jam, other times in a reflective mood.

The journey begins with a lively "Hokule'a Ma'o," which captures the spirit of paddling with the Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe, and quickly turns romantic, on "Nau No Ku'u Aloha," a lovely duet with Lorna Lim. Na'auao displays confidence and ease in both light and serious material.

With voice-overs, Na'auao frolics as a vocal ensemble, giving a robust "E Ma'alili A'e Nei" and "Na Makani 'Eha" augmented by stellar guitar work. One of the best efforts is "Aloha Ku'u Home A I Ke'alohi," with Jerry Santos chiming in.

"Pupu 'O Ni'ihau," demonstrating his upper-register tones, tempts an impromptu hula. At a slower pace, "Koula" flows with gentle, caring reflection, evoking idyllic memories.

"Aloha 'Oe," rendered with reverence, makes the CD a valuable musical resource for future generations to explore.