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PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian Music Submissions to the Grammy Awards for 2011

In a sweeping restructuring of categories announced back in April 2011, The Recording Academy will no longer recognize Hawaiian music with its own category. Rather, Hawaiian music is incorporated into a new and broader category named “Best Regional Roots Music” within the “American Roots Music Field.”

The call for submission of eligible products is issued mid-summer, and all recordings whose eligibility is verified by The Recording Academy go onto a Preliminary Ballot. The top 5 vote-getters within each category are designated “GRAMMY Nominees.” A second voting period takes place, out of which the winners are announced at the February awards program.

The results of the preliminary voting will be announced this week. For those curious, there were 55 albums in the “Best Regional Roots Music” category. The following 13 were the Hawaiian music albums included on the preliminary ballot:

  1. Ahumanu, No Ku‘uipo
  2. Kawika Alfiche, Kale‘a
  3. Robert Cazimero, Hula
  4. Hi‘ikua, Aia i Hi‘ialo
  5. Kuana Torres Kahele, Kaunaloa 
  6. George Kahumoku, Jr., Wao Akua — The Forest of the Gods
  7. John Keawe, Play With Me Papa
  8. Mailani, ‘Aina”   [e kala mai the absence of kahakō over the capital "A"]
  9. Kenneth Makuakane, Kawaipono
  10. Doug & Sandy McMaster, In My Heart
  11. Various Artists, A Tribute to Nā Lani ‘Ehā
  12. Various Artists, Nā Haku Mele o Hawai‘i 
  13. Various Artists, Wahine

Collectively this is a strong set of products. There is a mixture here of CDs that focus on new versions of old songs, as well as CDs that introduce newly-written material. Three CDs have prominent kī hō‘alu slack key content. All vocal CDs contain predominantly Hawaiian-language songs. Happily the 13 submissions span four islands–Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu–as well as San Francsisco. E ō!


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon What Iʻm Listening To . . .

“Kamehameha Trilogy”

WAIPUNAʻs new CD E Ho‘i Mai arrived in my mailbox about a week ago, thanks to Lynn at Me Ke Aloha Online Hawaiian Store.

WAIPUNA is Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat.  E Ho‘i Mai is their 2nd CD. Visit Waipunaʻs website, then drop in on their blog waipunamusic on Facebook.

You must absolutely listen to the track “Kamehameha Trilogy.” This, dear readers, is the past brought fearlessly into the future. In the liner notes, Neil Hannahs (Kale’s father) writes, “it is doubtful that anyone ever anticipated this upbeat interpretation performed in collaboration with Kumu Hula Mark Keali‘i Ho‘omalu.” Clearly this is not your grandmotherʻs recollection of “Hole Waimea.” (For the classic rendition of the mele hula ‘āla‘apapa, Lokalia Montgomeryʻs 1960 recording on Waikiki Records was finally reissued by HanaOla Records / Cord International last year on the CD Ancient Hula Hawaiian Style.)

The track begins with a rainstorm soundtrack into which ipu rhythms enter, suggesting “Hole Waimea” the chant. A startling interruption by the bass ushers in rhythmic guitar strumming, and we are off instead into “Hole Waimea” the song. Just as Waipuna reaches the end of the first verse, Mark Ho‘omalu calls his dancers to attention, and they launch seamlessly into “Hole Waimea” the chant, offered in Markʻs signature melodic treatment. Waipuna returns with the chorus of “Hole Waimea” the song. Then, equally seamlessly, the track heads into “Waikā” in a give-and-take between Mark and Waipuna. Anyone who knows the mele “Hole Waimea” knows that the song “Waikā” is a 20th-century setting of the second paukū of “Hole Waimea” the chant. Waipuna acknowledges this genealogy of the mele “Waikā” by returning to the chorus of the song “Hole Waimea,” wrapping “Waikā” back into its roots. Then Mark and dancers return with “Hoe Puna,” followed, again, by Waipuna singing the chorus of the song “Hole Waimea.” The track ends with a triumphant kāhea of a phrase attributed to Kamehameha I that has become an ‘ōlelo no‘eau–”Imua e nā pōki‘i!!” The track clocks in at 5:03, but it blitzes by in a flash, grounded throughout by the steady driving combination of ipu and rhythm guitar.

Many hula students know that the two mele “Hole Waimea” and “Hoe Puna” both appear in Nathaniel Emerson’s 1909 study Unwritten Literature of Hawaii, in the same chapter on “Hula Alaapapa.” What is less well known is that both mele appeared in the newspaper Ka Nupepa Kuokoa in October, 1866, as part of the same set of mele inoa dedicated to Kamehameha II. “Hole Waimea” was the first mele hula, and “Hoe Puna” is the sixth mele hula in the very same set.

Waipuna’s treatment is historically respectful, poetically speaking. The distinct homage, from my perspective, is located in their rhythmic approach. The rhythmic element is what adds musical sparkle for 21st-century listeners now experienced in hip hop, techno, world music, jazz, and other varieties of music available on the internet for our discovery and pleasure. Far from taking old mele and simply dressing them up in new threads, the three artists have taken old mele and woven them into a new fabric that places four settings of two original mele in dialogue.

What I would have given to have seen Waipuna on their Northern California CD release tour just before the CD was released in Hawai‘i. What I would have given to see “Kamehameha Trilogy” performed live with Mark Ho‘omalu! But thanks to recording technology, I can at least listen to this remarkable track that brings the poetic past and the musical future alive in the present.


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon Early Hapa Haole Songs

The term “hapa haole song” usually brings to mind songs like “Lovely Hula Hands” or “Beyond the Reef” or “Blue Hawai‘i.” These three songs all share the same format of text and tune. Hum this to yourself:

Lovely hula hands, graceful as a bird in motion
And the swirling winds over the pali, lovely hula hands, kou lima nani e.

Lovely hula hands, telling of the rain in the valley,
Say to me again “I love you,” lovely hula hands, kou lima nani e.

I can feel your soft caresses of your hula hands, your lovely hula hands.
Every little move expresses so I’ll understand all the tender meanings

Of your hula hands, fingertips that say aloha
Say to me again “I love you,” lovely hula hands, kou lima nani e.

If you simply look at the text with no reference at all to the tune, it looks like there are four stanzas.

But if you sing the tune, youʻll know that the first and second “stanzas” have the same tune; the third “stanza” is a different tune, and the fourth “stanza” returns to the tune of the first and second “stanzas.” Some musicians would say “verse-verse-chorus-verse” or “verse-verse-bridge-verse.” Music analysts will often use alphabets to represent each different section of tune; this format would then be represented as “A-A-B-A.” Each “stanza” often has the same length, and that length is most often of 8 measures, and the entire tune would be 32 measures long. This 32-measure “AABA” format is used extensively in American popular music of the 1910s and thereafter, and musicologists often refer to it as “popular song form” or “32-measure AABA popular song form.”

The overwhelming majority of hapa haole songs by R. Alex Anderson, Harry Owens, Don McDiarmid, Tony Todaro, Sol Bright, and others conform to this 32-measure AABA popular song form. (There are exceptions, which is why I wrote “the overwhelming majority of hapa haole songs”.) This song form comes straight from the American popular music publishing industry that flourished in New York City in the late 19th- and early 20th centuries. Now marked by a plaque at West 28th between Broadway and Sixth Ave., the district earned the nickname “Tin Pan Alley” from the sounds of songwriters and jobbers at work drifting out the windows of the concentration of publishers within a one- or two-block area.

The 32-measure popular song form dominates in the work of Tin Pan Alley songwriters the likes of Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, George and Ira Gershwin , Gus Kahn, and Harry Von Tilzer, among many others. After the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, when Hawaiian music took off on national popularity, Tin Pan Alley songwriters churned out Hawaiian-themed songs filled with gibberish pseudo-Hawaiian lyrics and maudlin stereotypes–songs like “Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula,” “My Isle of Golden Dreams,” “Ukulele Lady,” “Honolulu Iʻm Coming Back Again” and “Oh How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wacki Woo.” (!)

Many contemporary Hawaiian would like to bury this chapter of Hawaiian music history. But here are two reasons why this part of history cannot be cut off like a dead branch:

  1. Many of these songs were recorded by revered Hawaiian musicians. No less than Alfred Apaka recorded “Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula.” And Robert Cazimero teamed up with the The Makaha Sons to sing the most unforgettable rendition of “My Isles of Golden Dreams” wrapped sublimely around Helen Desha Beamerʻs “Pua Malihini.”
  2. The 32-measure popular song form from Tin Pan Alley was taken up by Honolulu-based songwriters of hapa haole songs like R. Alex Anderson (who wrote “Lovely Hula Hands” above), Sol Bright, Harry Owens, Jack Pitman–whose song “Beyond the Reef” practically defines the category of hapa haole song), and Tony Todaro, among others.

So the 32-measure popular song form in hapa haole songs has its roots in Tin Pan Alley songwriting. BUT . . . if we look earlier than 1915, the hapa haole songs written by Hawaiian songwriters that have endeared themselves are not in the popular song form. Get ready for this:  the iconic hapa haole songs of Sonny Cunha are in the format of hula ku‘i songs!! So is the song that fueled the Hawaiian music craze after its introduction at the Panama Pacific Exposition:  ”On the Beach at Waikiki.” Hum this to your self:

  1. “Honi kāua wikiwiki” sweet brown maiden said to me
    As she gave me language lessons on the beach at Waikiki.
  2. “Honi kāua wikiwiki” she then said and smiled in glee
    But she would not translate for me on the beach at Waikiki.
  3. “Honi kāua wikiwiki” she repeated playfully
    Oh those lips were so inviting on the beach at Waikiki.
  4. “Honi kāua wikiwiki” she was surely teasing me
    So I caught that maid and kissed her on the beach at Waikiki.
  5. “Honi kāua wikiwiki” you have learned it perfectly
    “Donʻt forget what I have taught,” said the maid at Waikiki.

Every stanza has the same tune. Just like hula ku‘i songs. Back up further to Sonny Cunhaʻs “My Honolulu Tomboy” of 1905, and the songʻs last verse is “Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana / She is my dear little sweet little Honolulu Tomboy” and every verse is followed by a “vamp.” These early pre-Tin Pan Alley hapa haole songs, written by Hawaiian songwriters, were distinguished from hula ku‘i songs solely by language. 

Just to be clear: I am NOT saying that all hapa haole songs after Tin Pan Alley are in 32-measure popular song form. I am also NOT saying that all hapa haole songs before Tin Pan Alley are in the format of hula ku‘i songs. What I AM saying is that the category of “hapa haole song” has evolved, from an early pre-Tin Pan Alley use of hula ku‘i format among many songs, to a post-Tin Pan Alley use of 32-measure popular song form among MANY songs.


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon on my mind . . .

‘Auē, my last post was on September 17. How time flies . . . so fast!  Iʻm going to ramble a bit about loose odds and ends, drifting and floating.

In my course this term on “Critical Genealogies of American Music,” students were assigned to read the work of cultural critic Greil Marcus, specifically his book The Old Weird America (originally published under the title Invisible Republic) about Bob Dylanʻs Basement Tapes recording sessions in 1967. Greil Marcus is a prolific commentator on popular culture and popular music; his book Mystery Train: Images of American in Rock ʻnʻ Roll Music has set the standard for rock music commentary, and Time magazine named it among the Top 100 nonfiction books. Marcus was one of the original writers for Rolling Stone magazine, and his work has also appeared in The Village Voice, Creem, and on various influential blogs on music and contemporary culture. His writing goes far beyond mere description, digging deep into the psyche of musicians and songwriters, and drawing connections between songs and contemporary culture.

The kind of commentary that Marcus writes goes far beyond descriptive journalism. It digs into the workings of the music–how singersʻ voices channel singers of generations before, how songs capture the ethos of places that have been irreversibly transformed, how singers trick listeners into seeing themselves displaced and unsettled, how singers are capable of convincing us that the world around us is not as it seems to be. Marcus is brilliant at capturing moments of time-shifting and shape-shifting.

And one more thing goes onto my bucket list–to cultivate public conversation about Hawaiian music that engages with the music qua music, conversation that rises far above the “I know what I like” level. Think about it–we pretty much have nothing between the newspaper journalism of John Berger and Wayne Harada and the academic scholarship of folks like me.

Go to Amazon.com and check out Greil Marcusʻs books and reviews posted about them. For a lot of really really concise and intelligent commentary on music, the NPR (National Public Radio) website on Music  (www.npr.org/music) has a range of blogs on different aspects of music ranging from pop to jazz to classical. PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox has interviewed many Hawaiian entertainers on her show “Long Story Short” and many can be heard on the showʻs website. There are so many possible models for raising the bar on discussion of Hawaiian music.

 


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian “Live” Music Calendar – November 2011

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR October 2011
MONDAY
• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Michael Keale from 7-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

TUES
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED
• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PMl
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Michael Keale from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM
• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

THURSDAY
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM
• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY
• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM
• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM
• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)6-9 PM
• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY
•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Children Of The Land Center at Safeway Shopping Center near the Clock Tower from 5-7 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY
• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30
• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon October 2011 Hawaiian Music Calendar

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR October 2011
MONDAY
• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Mike Keale from 7-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

TUES
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED
• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili
• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM
• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

THURSDAY
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM
• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9
• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY
• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM
• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM
• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)6-9 PM
• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY
•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Children Of The Land Center at Safeway Shopping Center near the Clock Tower from 5-7 PM
• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM
• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY
• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM
• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM
• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM
• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM
• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM
• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM
• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30
• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM
• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

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PostHeaderIcon Budget LP Purgatory — This is Hawaiian music ??

Aloha dear readers!!

Itʻs been nearly a month since my last post. You must have surmised by now that I am back in Michigan, having completed an eventful year as a visiting prof at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. My silence here can also be blamed on getting through the first two weeks of a new semester at University of Michigan. Go Blue.

When I returned to Michigan in midsummer, I immersed myself in digitizing my LPs so that I could actually consult and study the music being produced, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. And goodness, have I ever learned so so so very much. Many of my presumptions were blown out of the water. Many!! Like, uku paila !!

Aug 19, 2011. Purple & pink stickies are whatʻs left to digitize. But I had already reduced the purples significantly by then.

As I worked through my LP collection, of course I began with the LPs that were part of my soundscape growing up that have not appeared on CD reissues. And guess what I avoided like the plague? Those cheesy budget LPs. I knew it was something I needed to face, but . . . I thought, “ugh.” When I could finally avoid them no longer, I figured might as well bite the bullet.

What a humbling and eye-opening experience I had no idea I was in for. The biggest lesson, which I learned long ago as a student, came back to me full force:  There is absolutely no substitution for actually engaging with the material–also known as getting oneʻs hands dirty, or getting dirt under the fingernails. Handling the physical objects, examining the jackets front & back for little telltale signs that make “connecting-the-dots” exercises possible, like which budget labels are divisions of major labels, and which budget labels are proliferating a very small set of tracks under different titles. Finding LPs whose track lists on the disc label do not match the track lists on the jackets.

The biggest find for me came in having to listen to each and every LP as they were being digitized. [Putting the track markers in on the fly is much easier than trying to find them out of one 20-minute track. Surface noise on the LPs pretty much guarantees that automatic tracking features in software will not work correctly 99% of the time.]

Because this is what I discovered: quite a few budget LPs contain the work of first-rate musicians who ARE seasoned professional Hawaiian players, but who are being marketed under pseudonymns like “National Hawaiian Orchestra” or “Harry Hoomele and His Hawaiians.”

Make no mistake, there is a lot of gawdawful rubbish in the lot of what has been marketed in the past as “Hawaiian music.” But there are also lots of gems and the work of revered Hawaiian musicians going unacknowledged. And we would be depriving ourselves of a valuable opportunity to refine our understanding of a much-maligned period of Hawaiian music production if we simply dismiss all budget LPs as garbage.

Sept 17, 2011. Only 17 pink stickies left !!!!

© 2011 Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman


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PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian Music Calendar – September 2011

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR JULY 2011

MONDAY

• The St. Regis Hotel in Princeville features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Mike Keale from 7-9 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM

• Darryl Gonzales is appearing at The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu from 6-8 PM

• There is a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents `Elua from 7-9

• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa features Ho`aka during Happy Hour from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

TUES

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.

• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Atttack with Darryl Gonzales & Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Makepa from 7-10 PM

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Michelle & Lance from 7-9 PM

• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

WED

• Aunty Bev Muraoka offers a free Hula Show at 12:15 at the Harbor Mall on Rice Street in Nawiliwili

• There is also a free Hula show featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM

• Cafe Portofino in Nawiliwili presents Larry Rivera & daughter Luraline from 7:30-9:30 PM

• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Casablanca Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu features Mike Young from 7:00-9:00 PM

• The Seaview Terrrace at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Darryl Gonzales from 6-8PM

• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village features Chico & Darren at 6:30

• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

• Honeygirl Ho`omanawanui is at the Princeville Shopping Center, back food courtyard 6-8

THURSDAY

• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features KK Kauilani from 4:30 -6:30 PM

• The Waimea Plantation Cottages in Waimea presents “the Kama`aina’s” from 7-9PM

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.

• Keoki’s Paradise the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Keamoku at 6:30 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM

• The Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea features Pancho Graham from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei presents Kanak Attack with Darryl Gonzales, Garrett Santos and Koko Kaneali`i from 6-9

• Trees Lounge at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa presents Haunani Kaui and Friends from 6:30-9:30 PM

FRIDAY

• The Hanapepe Café presents Cindy Combs from 6-9PM in Hanapepe Town

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond from 6-8PM.

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Po`ipu at 6:30 PM

• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 4 PM

• The Pono Kane Trio with Steve Landis, Bruce Lumsden & David Helder are featured at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei during Happy Hour from 4-6 PM followed by Keli`i Kaneali`i from 6:30-9 PM

• Calypso in Hanalei presents Windjammer (Chad Pa, Del Seeger & Koko Kaneali`i)

• There is also a free Hula show featuring Larry Rivera & Halua Hula `O Leilani, center stage at 5PM, at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa

• The Tiki Room at the Harbor Mall in Nawiliwili features Ho`aka from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

• Sean Carillo is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM

• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Dennis Chun from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Darryl Gonzales is at Shutter’s Lounge at The Kaua`i Beach Resort from 7-10 PM

SATURDAY

•There is a free Hula show, featuring Leilani Rivera Bond & Halua Hula O Leilani, center stage at the Coconut Marketplace Shopping Center in Kapaa at 1PM

• The Hukilau Lanai at the Kaua`i Coast resort in Kapaa presents Wally & Polei Palmeira from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Darryl Gonzales is at Sushi Bushido in Kapa`a from 7-9 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Jonah Cummings from 7-10 PM

• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

• The Seaview Terrace at The Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu features Leilani Rivera Bond with her keiki hula show from 6-8PM.

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Village presents Moku & Lenny at 6:30 PM

SUNDAY

• Roy’s Tavern On The Green, at the Prince Golf Course in Princeville, features Pancho Graham from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

• The Hanalei Gourmet in Hanalei presents The Mango Brothers from 6-9 PM

• The Tahiti Nui in Hanalei features Milani Bileyu from 6:30-8:30 PM

• Shutter’s Lounge at the Kaua`i Beach Resort presents Darryl Gonzales from 7-10 PM

• Stevenson’s Library at the Grand Hyatt in Po`ipu presents Aloha Breeze from 8-11PM

• Keoki’s Paradise in the Po`ipu Shopping Center presents Nick Castillo from 7-9PM

• A traditional Hawaiian slack key & ukulele music concert featuring Doug & Sandy Mc Master is at the Hanalei Community Center at 3 PM

• Joe’s On The Green at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kauilani Kahalekai & Kalani Kaimina`aoao from 4:30 -6:30

• The Casablanca’s Restaurant in the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Po`ipu presents Mike Young from 7-9 PM

• The Lemongrass Bar and Grill in Kapaa features Ivo Monroe Miller from 6-9 PM

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

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PostHeaderIcon The Published Hawaiian Songbooks of Charles E. King

When I was growing up, Kingʻs Blue Book and the Green Book enjoyed the status of “bibles” of Hawaiian music. One or both volumes could be found in many a piano bench across the islands. Seekers of songs were often directed to those venerable volumes.

When I began pursuing research, I discovered that these two volumes were but the tip of an iceberg. Charles E. King was a prolific publisher. There were quite a few other volumes in his catalog, as well as sheet music. Mr. King was a prolific and important songwriter, and his publishing enterprise was an outlet for his work.

There was, by the 1960s, a widespread perception circulating in Hawaiian music circles that many of the songs published by Mr. King in his songbooks were songs that he had stolen from other songwriters, and that in his songbooks, he put his name on these songs as if they were all his. He would publish songs and put his name on them, when in fact other songwriters had written those songs, and were not getting credit.

Charles E. Kingʻs Book of Hawaiian Melodies–what continues to be popularly called “Kingʻs Blue Book” because of its original blue-colored cover–was my gateway into a publishing maze. I started at the University of Hawai‘i’s Hawaiian collection. Back in the 1970s they had several copies of the Blue Book, published in different years. I noted the years, but presumed, like so many others at that time, that the contents of those volumes was the same. We did not have any reason to suspect otherwise. Ah, presumptions–they certainly can get in the way of seeing things for what they are, rather than what we want them to be.

During my student days at UH, I struck up an acquaintance with Dennis Ladd, a staff member in the A/V library. Originally from the Washington DC area, Dennis would visit the Library of Congress on his visits to family. He very kindly shared with me xeroxes of Hawaiian music items he was finding there. Among those items was a xerox of a book whose cover was lost, but the title page said “The Latest Hawaiian Hulas” and it was published in 1917. Note to self–I sure hoped that someday I might get to Library of Congress to see this myself, because there sure wasnʻt anything like it in Honolulu at that time.

Several years later, after I had moved to Harvard for doctoral studies, I got to the Library of Congress, and continued my odyssey of documenting Hawaiian music. The Library of Congress collections were rich with Hawaiian music. And no wonder–the U.S. Copyright Office is located in the Library. Applicants would submit works. And after the Copyright Office registered these works, the works were then sent on to the Music Division

Kingʻs Book of Hawaiian Melodies first appeared in 1916, and the copy at Library of Congress was at that time the only known copy in a public collection. The last volume of the Book of Hawaiian Melodies was published in 1948. The Library of Congress card catalog reported, too, that the 1948 volume was “the twenty-second edition.” The big finding: between the 1916 and 1948 volumes, there were 20 more editions to locate. And more: In addition to the “Blue Book” and “The Latest Hawaiian Hulas,” there were several more discoveries. The so-called “Green Book,” properly titled Songs of Hawaii, first appeared in 1942, and the second and final edition is the 1950 volume that is familiar to many of us. In 1925 Charles E. King produced an operetta titled “Prince of Hawaii.” The musical selections were published in a volume of the same title in that year, and reprinted the following year. And finally, there is one other volume, Songs of Honolulu, published in 1917.


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PostHeaderIcon Hawaiian Steel Guitar Resources: A Selection

The steel guitar is one of the iconic sounds of Hawaiian music. And yet . . . depending on whether you see the proverbial glass half full or half empty, there are many many sources of information out there . . . while at the same time there are precious few sources that guide newbies through that jungle. So consider this set of resources as starting points for appreciating the steel guitar in Hawaiian music, for introducing yourself to major players throughout the 20th century, and for exploring some websites that will provide many many more links and directions to explore. And know that there are legions of players and fans out there eager to chat up their favorite players and recordings.

1. Book on Steel Guitar

There is, at this writing (2011), only one book devoted entirely to Hawaiian steel guitar. Luckily it is the work of a longtime student of steel guitar, Lorene Ruymar, who worked with the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association to gather together a variety of source materials in one place on the history of the instrument and its prominent players. Lorene Ruymar, The Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its Great Hawaiian Musicians (Centerstream Publishing, 1996).

2. Anthology Recordings

My recommendations always begin with the multi-artist compilations, because this is a really efficient way to get a sense of the range of styles and artistry. Over the past two decades, many vintage recordings have been reissued on CD. Yes, the CD is almost a dinosaur. But many compilations are still available online as either physical discs or mp3 downloads. One major advantage with the physical discs is the detailed liner notes included in the packaging, which are worth their weight in gold. So here are my recommendations for starting points:

HanaOla Records released two anthologies: History of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar (HanaOla HOCD-34000, p1999) and Legends of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar (HanaOla HOCD-79000, p2006). Both discs offer a historical sweep of guitarists over the 20th century. The History volume covers up through the 1950, while the Legends volume includes selections by artists both historical and contemporary. The historical notes by radio personality Harry B. Soria, Jr. in the History volume offer carefully researched details, and are supplemented by technical notes contributed by acclaimed teacher Alan Akaka. The Legends volume, produced by internet radio personality Aloha Joe, offers a similar span of performers, with some notes on each track, but overall the intent is more to expose listeners to the range of sound.

Lest anyone think that steel guitar is a historical relic in Hawaiian music, the series of anthologies produced by Greg Sardinha on the Smaʻ Kine label offers listeners a sampling of the current generation of steel guitarists active in Hawaiian music. Made in Hawaii–The Hawaiian Steel Guitar (Sma Kine SK-1210, p1996) is the initial compilation, and the 2010 release of Hawaiian Steel VI is the latest in the series to date. Greg Sardinha, Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen and Bobby Ingano are featured prominently throughout the series. Minimal liner notes focus on performer profiles.

Hawaiian Music: Honolulu, Hollywood, Nashville, 1927-1944 (Fremeaux FA-035, p1995).  The path traced by this volumeʻs subtitle–Honolulu, Hollywood, Nashville–follows the steel guitarʻs expanding popularity beyond Hawaiiʻs shores. The group of musicians active in Hollywood filmmaking in the 1930s include Andy Iona, Sol Ho‘poi‘i and Sam Koki. Nashville marks the steel guitarʻs crossover into what eventually came to be known as “country & western” music. The liner notes are detailed and informative.

This CD, Steeling Round the World (Harlequin HQ CD-182, p2003) features the work of steel guitarists active outside Hawai‘i playing the steel guitar in Hawaiian music, with a heavy concentration on the pre-1960 period and European-based performers. Produced by John Marsden, the England-based historian of Hawaiian music, whose deep familiarity with the history of Hawaiian music across two oceans informs the extensive liner notes.

This collection was a totally random find on Amazon.com last year. It is a four-disc collection that offers “the history of the steel guitar, from its Hawaiian origins via its role in values and Western swing to its prominent position in country music.” Only the first of the four discs is devoted to Hawaiian music, and focuses, moreover, on pre-World War II  recordings of performers like Sol Ho‘pi‘i, Sam Kū West, Jim & Bob the Genial Hawaiians, Tau Moe, and Roy Smeck. A historical essay fills 42 of the enclosed bookletʻs 54 pages; the balance contains complete discographic information on the tracks selected for inclusion.

3. Instructional Materials

The overuse of the steel guitar in the 1950s and 1960s, especially its almost cartoonish use in the flood of heavily orchestrated “easy listening” records that flooded the market in the decade immediately following Hawai‘iʻs statehood in 1959, contributed to its declining popularity in Hawai‘i. In the 1970s cultural resurgence, it was the rootsier sound of kī hō‘alu slack key guitar technique that came to the forefront. Slack key got a major boost with George Winstonʻs Dancing Cat label, whose extensive marketing included touring its roster of artists across the continental United States, securing such enthusiasm for slack key that it dominated five of the seven years of the brief and turbulent lifespan of the Best Hawaiian Album category in the GRAMMY Awards.

All of this is by way of saying that the low quantity of instructional materials for steel guitar is in stark contrast to the active marketplace for instructional resources for slack key guitar. This is also in contrast to a steady stream of instruction materials published in the 1920s and 1930s on the continental U.S., in response to the national fads for Hawaiian music following the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. That body of material and those streams of performance are another story for another time.

a. Printed Books

Henry Kaleialoha Allen, How to Play The Hawaiian Steel Guitar (Honolulu, Mutual Publishing, 2008). A beginnerʻs book that is heavy on music theory rudiments, but provides the reader with all of the information needed to read the song scores. The book is richly illustrated with numerous photographs of the author. An accompanying CD, cleverly tucked into the bookʻs cover, guides the student / reader through all of the bookʻs exercises and scores.

Stacy Phillips, The Art of The Hawaiian Steel Guitar (Mel Bay Publications, 1991) and The Art of The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Volume 2 (Mel Bay Publications, 2005). These two volumes contain some introductory background on the history of Hawaiian music, and of Hawaiian steel guitar. Instruction is primarily embedded within the selection of songs, each of which highlights particular techniques and/or effects. Many of the songs include reference to recorded performances. An accompanying CD in each of the two volumes guides the student / reader through the booksʻ exercises.

b. DVDs

Bob Brozman, Traditional Hawaiian Steel Guitar (Homespun, 2005). If a picture is worth 1000 words, then video demonstrating playing technique with sound is worth . . . thousands of books?

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4. Some Websites for Your Exploring Pleasure

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association — “a worldwide organization promoting traditional Hawaiian music and the signature sound of Hawaiian steel guitar.” The organization convenes annual conventions in Joliet, Illinois, and a biennial convention in Honolulu.

The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame — a non-profit organization that promotes steel guitar (pedal and non-pedal) by preserving the integrity of the instrument and its players for future generations. A list of inductees is posted at this site, along with a photograph of the plaques posted in the breezeway of a downtown St. Louis, Missouri hotel.

Pedal Steel Guitar Association — Billing itself as the “First Steel Guitar Association” formed in 1973, this organization focuses on the instrument across many different repertoires and musical traditions.

“Hawaiian Steel Guitar” at TaroPatch.Net — an active online discussion forum for musicians and fans devoted to Hawaiian music.

Hawaiian Music Institute and Rainbow Records — Steel guitarist Henry Kaleialoha Allenʻs website, from which the annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen Steel Guitar Festival on Maui is promoted.

5. More Remarks on Recordings

Coming soon. Of course there is more to be said about more recordings to be recommended for your listening pleasure. Stay tuned!

© 2011  Amy Ku‘uleialoha Stillman. All Rights Reserved.


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