'Kaleihulumamo' a lei of memories
By Wayne Harada
By Wayne Harada
"Kaleihulumamo" by Howard Ai; Ginger Doggie Records
From the opening medley of "Kalalea/Anahola" to the closing "Ipo Lei Manu," the album boasts a vivid and vibrant Hawaiian mana'o supported by a handsome package, with pertinent and personal liner notes by Howard and Olana, and precious lyrics.
Among the jewels in this lei of memories: the traditional fave, "Hapa 'Ilikini"; Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett's "Halalu," revived with gusto and charm; Dennis Kamakahi's "Lei Ko'ele," with its embracing fondness of this Lana'i site; Sam Kamaipelekane's "Cowboy Hula," with an endearing paniolo swing; and a Howard-Olana composition, "Waiaka," a "place" song with affectionate memories galore.
Ai was a Honolulu Advertiser pressman; hula and mele dominated his "other" life, one worth tuning in to if you're unfamiliar with his Hawaiian strokes.
|Sample song: "Kalalea/Anahola" by Howard Ai|
"Angels" by David Hicken; Enchanting Music
Clearly, this is a journey of ethereal implications, with titles such as "Celeste," "Michael," "Rosetta," "Francesca," "Akasha," "Seraphina," "Raphael" and "Gabriel," creating calming and cleansing sounds that have glorious global reach. It may not be for everybody at first listen, but who doesn't need a pause to simply relax and let go?
|Sample song: "Celeste" by David Hicken|
"Rhythm of the Sea" by John and Maria Naylor; no label
The CD is available only from their Web site, www.johnandmarianaylor.com.
|Sample song: "Rhythm of the Sea" by John and Maria Naylor|
Reach Wayne Harada at firstname.lastname@example.org.