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PostHeaderIcon Book Review – Set Phasers on Par-Tay!

The other day The Boy totally needed to get out of the house. He needed a good run. I asked him where he wanted to go. He promptly said “the playground with the train.” At first I was a bit annoyed because we have to drive to ‘the playground with the train,’ and I wanted to walk him down to Ocean Beach and run him there. After grumbling a little bit I said I’d take him there but being that ‘the
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PostHeaderIcon Book Review – Shiver, and Reminising About “Page 148″

I’m just about finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s one of The Girl’s books. She was so wrapped up in it when she was reading it I decided I would give it a whirl. The book’s got just about everything a tween / almost teen could love. There’s forbidden teenage love, best friends, absent parents.

Perfect fantasy for a kid her age. Or so I thought . . . .

Spoilers abound – I don’t
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PostHeaderIcon Book Review – Fierce Heart

I just finished reading Fierce Heart by Stuart Holmes Coleman. I enjoyed it immensly. 
It came out in April of 2009. I should have read it then, but I didn’t. I should have read it before I went on huaka’i but I never got around to it. Had I read it before huaka’i I would have had a better understanding to some of the areas we visited around Makaha and Wai’anae last May. I’m glad I read it,
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PostHeaderIcon Review: Cody Pueo Pata’s “Moʻohana”

4/5

moohanaCody Pueo Pata has two full CDs to his credit, 2001′s “E Ho‘i Nā Wai” and “He Aloha…”, released in 2007. The latter CD garnered Pata the prestigious Haku Mele Award at the 2008 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for his composition “Mili‘ōpua”.

Pata follows up with his third CD, “Mo‘ohana”, a mini-release containing only six songs. While lacking in quantity of recordings, “Mo‘ohana“ does not lack in quality of either song or performance. Pata shows off the versatility of his voice by performing in chant style, and while he eschews falsetto on most of this recording, he shows he is as equally gifted when singing in full voice. His carefully chosen uses of falsetto and the ha‘i enhance the songs meanings beautifully. Two strong original compositions, Ho‘i I Ka Piko and Mele Mahalo are well supported by refreshing interpretations of traditional melee.

In the brief liner notes, Pata defines the meaning of “mo‘ohana” as tradition – a succession or series of actions, deeds and behaviors – and declares that tradition as right, privilege and a responsibility. He has certainly carried out his responsibility well.

Rated 4/5 on Sep 22 2009
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PostHeaderIcon Review: Lorna Lima’s “Polinahe”

4/5

polinaheLim150Lorna Lim is doubly-blessed – she possesses one of the most beautiful voices in Hawaiian music, and was raised in one of Hawai‘i best known and gifted music and hula families. Her latest release, Polinahe, reflects her strong roots in both the Hawaiian music and hula traditions.

Polinahe contains Lorna’s signature vocal stylings on many Hawaiian standards, such as Hula ‘O Makee, ‘Alekoki, I Aloha ‘Ia Nō ‘O Kanaio, and an exquisite rendition of Lena Machado’s “Aloha Nō.” It also includes some new compositions. While the CD jacket lacks lyrics and translations, the lyrics can be found on the Palm Records website, along with audio samples of each track. The background instrumentation is sparse and tasteful – just enough to support and not detract from Lorna’s vocals.

We can only hope that this new release is the first of many to come from this gifted songstress.

Rated 4/5 on Sep 23 2009
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