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Posts Tagged ‘Weldon Kekauoha’

Aloha, gang!

Need some help when it comes to getting motivated?  Me, too.

Here is a playlist (courtesy of my computer) to help keep you musically inspired while you work out, make your way around town, commute to work or just surround yourself in mele Aloha.

Nanina – Kuana Torres Kahele
Analani E – Na Palapalai
Lovely Sunrise Haleakala – Napua Greig
He Mele No Kauai Kaupapa – Weldon Kekauoha
Haleuia – Kuana Torres
Ohai Alii Kaluhea – Holunape
Hilo Hula – Uluwehi Guerrero
Halamua Kihi Loa – Kuana Torres Kahele
Ka Ua Kilihune – Hoku Zuttermeister
He Aloha Moku O Keawe – Na Palapalai
Papalina Lahilahi – Genoa Keawe
Hanalei Moon – Dennis Pavao
E Pili Mai – Kealii Reichel
Nani Kauai – Amy Hanaialii Gilliom
My Sweet Pikake Lei – Brothers Cazimero
Lehua Beauty – Kuana Torres Kahele
Kuu Home Alo Kele – Napua Greig
Kuu Hoaaloha – Weldon Kekauoha
He Aloha No O Honolulu – Na Palapalai
Nani Na Pali Hauliuli O Na Koolau – Hoku Zuttermeister

(Notes: The list was chosen by the “Genius” feature in iTunes.  I’ve transcribed the song titles/artists as they appear in iTunes so that they are easier to look up and reference when purchasing the tunes on the web.  I’ve purposely not used diacritical marks.  This is what I’ll be listening to while I’m on the treadmill.  Bring it on!)

Happy Aloha Monday.

Right on.


ukulele Croonerʻs Weekly TOP 3 iPod Jason Poole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

Aloha kākou!

I always have my iPod with me. It’s my personal jukebox.

Living in New York City, I spend a lot of time traveling underground via subway–and those rides can be long and boring! But having a collection of great music with me at all times keeps me from losing my mind. I can escape to a tropical isle with the push of a button. Portable paradise!

Here are the TOP 5 SONGS from my iPod this week:

1. Aloha Kuʻu Pua (Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs’s recording on the album Night Club Hula…Hawaiian Style)

This recording of Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs & His Royal Hawaiians makes me smile.  I mean, it makes my heart smile.  I love this song–a declaration of love.  Four verses–each verse only 2 lines long.  And yet it says so much!

His delivery of the song is simple and elegant.  A true Hawaiian crooner!

It calls to mind images of Waikīkī and live music on the beach.

2. Rain Kilikilihune (Auntie Agnes Malabey Weisbarth & the Makaha Serenaders’ recording on the album Sunset at Makaha)

Are you looking for strong female voices?  Tight vocal harmonies?  Simple yet powerful arrangements?  A song in the classic Hawaiian style?  Then you’re in luck!  This is it!

Auntie Agnes (I’m told she went by “Aggie”) and the Makaha Serenaders rock my world.  This whole album has a backyard “kanikapila”/jam session feel to it.  And it’s a jam session with world class musicians!  Right on!

3. Mele O Lānaʻi (Weldon Kekauoha’s recording on the album Ka Lehu ʻUla)

We don’t hear enough songs about the wonderful island of Lānaʻi.

Thankfully, this classic song by Val Kepilino is one that we hear, occasionally.  And the one-and-only Weldon Kekauoha does it so beautifully!  One of my favorite versions, for sure.

His falsetto is so smooth!  And the way he sings/pronounces the Hawaiian–wow!  So fantastic!  So much emotion!  A crooner to study and learn from.

I triple love this recording and listen to it all the time.  True story.

4. Falling (Keahiwai’s recording on the album Satisfied)

Back in the days when I was only beginning to learn about Hawaiian music, the sounds of Keahiwai dominated the Hawaiian radio–at least the internet radio I was able to stream on my computer at work!  I listened to their voices and imagined how wonderful it must be to spend your lives singing/sharing Hawaiian music.  I considered them to be some of the luckiest people on the planet.

And now when I hear this song, I’m taken back to those magical days–days where it felt like I was finally “waking up” from the sleep I’d been in and falling in love with Hawaiʻi.

Their music will always be magical for me.  Mahalo for that, Mailani and Lei!

5. Livin’ On A Easy (Gabby Pahinui & Group’s recording on the album The Waimea Music Festival)

Wanna relive a magical moment in Hawaiian musical history?

This song was recorded at the now-legendary Waimea Music Festival that was held on May 19, 1974 (according to the album’s liner notes).  The whole album rocks as a LIVE album–complete with hoots and hollers from the audience.  I like to listen to the album with headphones on.  It adds to the experience!

I love how the audience cheers when this song starts.  And knowing what I know about Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, I’m sure he was jamming with some great musicians that day.  (I’m sure some of the readers will know the names of everyone that made up his group that day!  Please share ‘em if you do!)

It’s fun.  And not only because it’s live.  It’s also a real lesson in how to play Hawaiian music.  (And how to play it well!)

What are YOU listening to?  Drop me a line and let me know!

And, as always, a giant MAHALO to Puna and the gang at for being an awesome Hawaiian music resource. You all make the world a better place!  I’m DEFINITELY thankful for that!

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