A Taste Of Some Ono Kine Music

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - April 08, 2009
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‘Kai Palaoa’ releases next week Tuesday

Whoa! Talk about an impressive lineup of musicians on one album. And here they are, in no particular order: Makaha Sons, Jack Johnson, Tia Carrere, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Kaukahi, George Kahumoku Jr., Pali, Kawika Kahiapo, Herb Ohta Jr., Steve Sano and Daniel Ho. That’s right, all these artists are featured on the album Kai Palaoa, which releases April 14. And it gets better: A portion of proceeds from CD sales will support Kokua Hawai’i Foundation and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s education programs.

MaryLou Foley from the Waikiki Aquarium and Naomi McIntosh from NOAA(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) came up with the concept for this project,” says Ho.

“They wrote and received a grant to produce it. I had been working with MaryLou on a number of music-related projects over the years, so she and Naomi took me to lunch at Big City Diner and asked me to help put it together over some kim chee fried rice.”

Just like the fried rice they enjoyed, this album is piled with all kinds of local favorites that are great by themselves and even better when mixed together. Without going into who is the rice, who is the Portuguese sausage and who is the green onion, let’s just say it’s some ono kine stuff.

To celebrate its debut, Kaukahi, Daniel Ho, Kawika Kahiapo and Martin Pahinui will perform at Kahala Mall’s center stage as part of its Earth Day celebration, Malama Ke Kai (Care for the Sea). It’s all happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18.

Daniel Ho and Lydia Miyashiro on their wedding day, Sept. 8, 2008

The album’s name, Kai Palaoa, literally means whale sea, but the kaona (poetic/hidden meaning) means the place where two currents meet. It was inspired by the goal of supporting education for the future of the “one ocean” that connects us all.

“We are fortunate to have the support of such wonderful artists who are also committed to protecting our ocean and sea life,” adds the newlywed ...

That’s right, Ho and Lydia Miyashiro celebrate their eight-month anniversary today. Congratulations to them both! The happy couple tied the knot in Los Angeles at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. The reception was held on the stage of the Japan American Theater with Dean Pitchford as master of ceremonies ...

I just had a listen to Brother Noland‘s album, Hawaiian Man, which released March 24, and I especially love the bonus track, Mr. San Cho Lee. It’s a childhood favorite originally recorded by Keola and Kapono Beamer.On this version, Brother Noland playfully adds his own ethnic jabs, making this local classic even funnier.

“That song was initially in the middle of the whole project because Jon de Mello and I kind of looked at it, like, if the album was a week of work, then that would be Wednesday (Hump Day),” says Noland. “But then, we decided to save it for the end. So just when you think we were so deep and serious, we give you this song.”

‘Hawaiian Man’ shows another side of Brother Noland

The rest of the album is packed with Hawaiian songs that Noland says “honors the music of our elders and reveals a different side of me because I usually do the Jawaiian, reggae and ska.”

On the project, Noland teamed up with longtime friends and some of the best in the business, including Led Kaapana, Mike Kaawa and Kawika Kahiapo.

“It was a lot of fun to work on this project and express that part of my heart,” says Noland, who has been performing for the past 32 years.

When asked, what song defines him, Noland quickly replies, “Coconut Girl, I’ve probably played that song over a million times, but it’s all good ...

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