A Satisfying Mix Of Musical Treats

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - October 28, 2009
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Raiatea Helm’s CD available in Hawaiian Host Medley

Neighbor Island girls Raiatea Helm (Molokai) and Brittni Paiva (Big Island) continue to make Hawaii proud. They stepped into the music scene in their early teens and grew up with the world watching. Now in their early 20s, Helm and Paiva continue to expand their fan base, spending a considerable amount of their time touring.

This holiday season, Helm teams up with Hawaiian Host again to offer the world a taste of her talents with a 14-piece chocolate medley. A copy of Helm’s new original hit song, Foolish Ways, a remix and three previously released tracks, Kaulana ‘O Kapua’iwa, Ku’u Lei Pua Kukui O Kamakou and Halawa,are included in each rectangle box of chocolate.

The idea for Foolish Ways came to her about six years ago, but it was only this year that she finished the song. She says she came up with the lyrics while freestyling on her ukulele with friends on Maui.


According to Helm, Foolish Ways is a musical stretch for her. The traditional Hawaiian songs she usually sings have a certain structure, but she wanted to try something new and fresh. So she wrote the song with an upbeat rhythm-and-blues feel to it.

Brittni Paiva’s new album releases this week

The five-song sampler will accompany Hawaiian Host’s favorites such as MacNut Crunch, Dark Chocolate Macadamia, Maui Caramel and Chocolate Macadamia.

“We are excited to bring back Hawaii’s favorite local girl to debut her new single with a perfect mix of our most rich and creamy chocolates,” says Hawaiian Host president Keith Sakamoto.

The Christmas Macadamia Medley is available beginning in November at all Walmart locations. Keep an eye out for Helm as she makes her rounds across the state with mini concerts at each store ...

It’s been an equally busy few years for the now-married Brittni Paiva. With the loving support of husband Branden, she releases a new album this week, Four Strings: The Fire Within, which she says is a representation of the improvement that took place since her last album.

“Recording and producing this album with Charles Michael Brotman was amazing because he was able to help me perfect my ideas and even add more ideas on top of that,” says Paiva. “And also the incredible musicians on my album like bassist Dean Taba, drummer Garin Poliahu, Spanish guitarist Johannes Linstead and others - having them on my album made my music sound fantastic.”

The album, which features four original and six cover tracks, also boasts a striking cover image - a painting by Kathy Long.

“Fire refines and purifies, so my album artwork is a representation of the fire that purifies me and the fire that I have in my heart for my gift,” says Paiva.

And get this, in her free time she enjoys drag racing. That’s right! This Hilo girl says she keeps busy working on her 1995 Toyota Tercel. The latest is she motor-swapped and turbo-charged it and her best quarter-mile time is 14.8 at 90 mph ...

E’ Casanova, the world’s No. 1 MJ performer, is at Level 4 this Saturday

On the climb to global success is Aiea’s Ryan Pugal. The indie pop singer will take the stage at Dave & Buster’s this Sunday for his Jukebox25 Show, which originally began as a CD release party for his latest album, Jukebox45, but grew into a celebration of his musical career.

“It’s going to be an awesome show,” says Pugal. “It’s filled with a variety of entertainment and surprises. This is my first headline show here in Honolulu, so to go all out was the only way to go. I want this to be a great show for everyone who attends.”

Joining Pugal on stage are

Anne V., Marlene Baldueza, members from BioMechanics (The Hawaii Best Dance Krew winners) and Nix Pac Dancers, to name a few.

The $45 show comes with a dinner buffet, gift bags and giveaways. During dinner, guests will be entertained by a mini movie highlighting Pugal’s career. For more, check out his Web site at http://www.ryanpugalsmusic.com ...

For those who don’t have trick-or-treating obligations with the kiddies this Saturday, here’s an idea: Check out Level 4 for the all-out “The Thriller” Halloween event.

From 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., the nightclub will be brewing up all kinds of ghoulish fun. Enjoy performances by Hypersquad and Funkanomestry. Mixmaster resident DJ Paul Brandon will be in the house, along with Kutmaster Spaz. And hosting the event is the King of Clubs, Rick Rock.

Making a limited special appearance is E’Casanova, the world’s No. 1 Michael Jackson performer. He is known around the world as the actor who delivers the most compelling and jaw-dropping rendition of Jackson. He also was the $10,000 grand-prize winner of the MGM Grand worldwide look-alike contest.

There will be not one, but two costume contests (sexy and scary) with a $500 cash prize for each. Other prizes include a special Michael Jackson gift set from E’ Casanova, VIP bottle services from Level 4 and more.

Presale tickets are available at Level 4 for $10. Cost is $20 at the door; $15 at the door with a local or military ID. Ages 21-and-over only, please ...

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