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‘The Songs of C&K’ – Good Time with Henry Kapono and Friends

‘The Songs of C&K’ – Good Time with Henry Kapono and Friends

It’s not easy becoming a household name in the islands, but Henry Kapono sure made it look that way. With a Grammy-nomination and countless Na Hoku Awards courtesy of the passion and diligence poured across 15 albums, it’s any wonder as to what Kapono can’t accomplish. These days the legendary artist has set his sights on something beyond him – the next generation of Hawaiian music stars. Kapono recently established the Henry Kapono Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting Hawaiian…

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Ooklah the Moc’s Every Posse – a Vibrant Roots Reggae Jam

Ooklah the Moc’s Every Posse – a Vibrant Roots Reggae Jam

Few bands command attention. Even fewer command respect. Oahu’s reggae supergroup Ooklah The Moc grabs both in a way that makes them bona fide legends in the local music scene, their name a key marker for Hawaii’s roots reggae obsession. Ooklah The Moc revitalized the reggae subgenre with dynamic albums doubled down by commanding live performances across the Pacific. Their authoritative lyrics and bumping island rhythms spoke to the underdogs, the downtrodden, and the benevolent believer. Ooklah The Moc’s latest…

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Malino – Jammin’ From the Start

Malino – Jammin’ From the Start

Few reggae bands are as nostalgic and modern as Maui’s own Malino. This four-piece outfit rose during the early 2000’s, a time when Hawaii’s music scene was dominated by the superstars of the ‘90s and thus, wide open for a generational takeover. Malino’s debut in 2004 put them on the map in a big way, playing gigs and headlining shows state-wide, their debut album making them an overnight sensation. Their sophomore effort, From the Start, though released in 2015, feels…

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The Green ‘Marching Orders’ – a Triumphant Arrival into Mainstream

The Green ‘Marching Orders’ – a Triumphant Arrival into Mainstream

It’s hard out there for reggae bands in Hawaii. Some want to jam and make records, others want fame and fortune. Others – true to old school reggae fashion – just want to spread the genre’s influence. There is perhaps no greater hurdle for Hawaiian music artists than the vast Pacific that stands in the way of mainstream success. Such is where we find The Green, having broken through that barrier thanks to the diligence and dedication poured into Marching…

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Iration – Epic Summer Cruisin’

Iration – Epic Summer Cruisin’

No other modern reggae band has risen quite like Iration. They are at once a throwback to feel-good reggae while drawing from current pop-rock for inspiration – a sonic fusion that makes them the perfect mood-setter for day-to-day beach cruising. Bands like Ekolu and Kolohe Kai may already reign supreme on that front, but there’s always room for more.  Whether you’re looking to kick back, dive in, or straight up dance, this five-piece outfit has got you covered. Their latest self-titled album…

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Kimie Miner ‘Proud as the Sun’ – A Soulful Getaway

Kimie Miner ‘Proud as the Sun’ – A Soulful Getaway

The pure tropical, fun in the sun atmosphere of Hawaii may conjure lots of play, but there is plenty of nuance to be found. Whereas other musicians cater to summer party beach vibes, artist Kimie Miner lurks in that quiet reverie just before sundown. That brief moment of peace stolen not for cameras and pictures, but for the soul. Her third album, Proud as the Sun, invites listeners to bathe in the shimmering beauty found within. Her songs and the…

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Kolohe Kai ‘This Is the Life’

Kolohe Kai ‘This Is the Life’

There’s nothing more appealing and summer-appropriate than kicking back on the beach. Local artists have sung about cooling off and catching surf, but no one does it quite like Kolohe Kai – a group that has mined the unbridled imagery and energy of fun in the sun and producing equally joyous tunes. Kolohe kai translates to “rascals in the water.” Some may be all work and no play, but Kolohe Kai renders Hawaii all play, all day through their sincere,…

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Ekolu – Greatest Hits

Ekolu – Greatest Hits

If any group can be exclusively dubbed Maui’s pride and joy, it’s Ekolu. No other reggae band is synonymous with the local music scene. They practically put Maui on the map, paving the way for bands like Malino to rise in due time. Their roots are in the Valley Isle, but Ekolu’s influence extends across Hawaii. At any given moment, their songs are jamming on the radio or awaiting airplay by way of request. If music is something you feel, then Hawaii has…

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Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

Hawaiian Music, Its Origins and Evolution

When the sound of Hawaii comes to mind, one tends to think of the soothing rhythms of the ukulele set to the gentle rustling of waves – background music commonly used in elevators, spas, and tropical-themed occasions. While Hawaiian music is often soothing and rhythmic, it is so much more than good background. Music is the very fabric of Hawaiian culture, its humble beginnings rooted in the origins of its people and its later evolution sparked by the arrival and…

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Anuhea ‘Follow Me’ – a Passion-Infused Reverie

Anuhea ‘Follow Me’ – a Passion-Infused Reverie

When you’re in Hawaii, you’re likely to stumble across a musical gem. Whether you’re sitting at a local coffee shop, dining at a restaurant, or driving down the coast with the volume on high, you’ll find yourself jamming to rhythm of the islands one way or another. Hawaii boasts all kinds of artists and every island is more than happy to provide a spotlight for local talent. It’s what allowed Maui-born singer Anuhea to find her passion in music, a…

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