CD Ka Pua Hae Hawaii (CD 986206),
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Ka Pua Hae Hawaii

  • 1. Hualalai
    2. Ka La 'Olinolino
    3. Ka Manu 'Ohala
    4. Hanohano Wailea
    5. Kaua'i I Ka Malie
    6. Hawai'i Kamaha'o
    7. Sweet Lei Ka Lehua
    8. Ka Pua Hae Hawai'i
    9. Lei Kula Na Ali'i
    10. Hale'iwa Hotel
    11. Ke'ei
    12. Kimo Henderson Hula
    13. Lei 'Ohu
    14. Ka Manu/Manu 'O'o
    15. Lovely Tiare Tahiti
    16. Promises of God's Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1004

  • Credits
    EngineerWendell Ching

    Personnel: Shawn Ishimoto (guitar); Aaron J. Sala (piano).
    Author: Jon Mozo.
    This album of Hawaiian falsetto singing is done in a trio format rather than the somewhat more common form: a solo falsetto singer with a backing band. Na Palapalai produce some very nice harmonies among themselves, hitting the high notes with seeming ease. This is hula music proper, with a few haku mele up front and a backing band keeping the sound highly danceable. There's a rumble and a groove, but more of a simple shimmy and bounce built into this, with guitars strumming incessantly and a steel guitar accentuating each turn of a musical phrase that doesn't already feature the vocalists. The music is busy, exciting, and generally very well executed. Even though the group is current, and puts a bit of a contemporary spin on its stylings, the original compositions have an old-time Hawaiian country feeling. Falsetto is relatively rare now, but the quality of this album makes one wonder why. ~ Adam Greenberg

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