Posts Tagged ‘Hawaiian’

PostHeaderIcon Sam Choy`s Hawaiian Beef Stew Recipe

Hawaiian celebrity chef Sam Choy has honed his skills over many years to create a feast of dishes and recipes that have provided many with delicious, not to mention inspired, cuisine. With a personable and relaxed manner, Choy has built both his reputation and client base and with many appearances on TV cookery programmes, it`s [...]
Hawaiian Food Recipe

PostHeaderIcon HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR December 2011

HAWAIIAN MUSIC CALENDAR December 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 6-8PM
• 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
• Joe’s On The Green, at the Kiahuna Golf Course Restaurant & Clubhouse features Kirby Keough from 4:30 -6:30

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 6-9 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 6:30-8:30 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 6-9 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 6-9 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
• Wahoo’s Island Grill in Kapaa features Keola Worthington at 7:30

MAHALO NUI LOA, Have a Great Hawaiian Day!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

PostHeaderIcon Musing over Hawaiian Music in the Grammy Nominations for 2011

Click here to go to the Recording Academyʻs website where a pdf file of the complete list of nominations is posted.

The web has been a-buzz over the Grammy nominations, which were announced last Wednesday Nov. 30. Many folks–fans and industry professionals alike–were curious to see what things were going to look like in the wake of last Aprilʻs radical restructuring of all of the categories. Hawaiian music was one of those categories collapsed into the broader category named “Best Regional Roots Album” within the field named “American Roots,” and this year is competing with other musics like polka, Cajun, Zydeco, Native American, and others that apparently do not fall into any other more specific category like “blues.”

The nominees in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album” are:

  1. C. J. Chenier, Canʻt Sit Down.
  2. George Kahumoku, Jr, Wao Akua – The Forest of the Gods.
  3. Rebirth Brass Band, Rebirth of New Orleans.
  4. Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Grand Isle.
  5. Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, Not Just Another Polka.

First observations:

  1. Hawaiian music was not completely shut out of nominations.
  2. Native American music submissions failed to garner any nominations.
  3. Three of the five submissions are musics whose geographic center is New Orleans.

Congratulations to George Kahumoku, Jr. Already a Grammy Award winner as a co-producer of four slack key compilations from the “Slack Key Masters” concert series he produces, this is his first nomination as an artist.

Hawaiian music also made an appearance in another category. In “Best Pop Instrumental Album”–one of the categories in the extremely crowded Pop Music field–is a nomination for Daniel Hoʻs solo piano album, E Kahe Mālie. Because that album contains pianistic interpretations of classic Hawaiian songs, it was originally submitted to the “Best Regional Roots Music” category. At some point in the verification process, it got moved to the “Best Pop Instrumental” category, where it earned its nomination. How about that!! Hawaiian music rises to mainstream recognition in one of the mainstream categories!! Congratulations to Daniel Ho, whose perseverance and commitment to artistry is continuing to take Hawaiian music to new audiences.

As much as there is to celebrate in this news, there is without a doubt many Hawaiian musicians and fans who are pissed off because their favorites have failed once again to garner recognition in this broader national area. So there are comments posted on bulletin boards, blogs, and FaceBook walls again to the effect of insisting that Hawai’iʻs Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards are a true reflection of those who know Hawaiian music. (Many folks do not realize that the requirement of Hawaii residency in many Hōkū categories excludes the work of many artists who work on Hawaiian music outside Hawaiʻi. HARA has instituted one new “international” category that will go into effect this year.)

One has to wonder about The Recording Academyʻs structure that places Hawaiian music in direct competition with polka, Cajun, Zydeco, and funk-jazz brass band musics, AND mainstream pop music.

Personally, I marvel at the fact that Hawaiian music has not disappeared entirely off the Grammy radar, even without a dedicated category. Naysayers will certainly trumpet up assertions that the Grammy nominations and awards are about popularity, marketing, and networking. Such charges are ill-informed and even disrespectful of many voting members in the Recording Academy, whose votes do represent the assessment of artistic and technical merit by professional peers in the music industry.

Disclaimer:  I am a voting member of both the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (“The Recording Academy”), and the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”). My eligibility for membership is based on production, co-production, and liner notes credits for eight recordings on three different record labels.)


Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure

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 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!

Hawaiian Music Calendar

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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