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Friday - December 14, 2007

The 411


After performing together for eight years, Christian Yrizarry and Sani Apuakehau are releasing their self-titled debut album, Beach5.

Beyond the years performing together on stage,Yrizarry and Apuakehau each has his own individual history in music that delves even farther - back to 1997. Yrizarry is a former half of the local music group Ho’onua, which released its first album, Feel Good Island Music, in ‘97. That same year, Apuakehau released his solo album, Don’t Stop Your Lovin.

Ten years later, the two friends are blending their talents for an album that they say they’ve been “jonesing” to do.

“He had his thing going on, and I had my thing going, and now we’re coming together,” says Yrizarry, a 1994 Iolani graduate.“I would say that the sound is the best of both worlds.”

The album, which is a blend of Island contemporary, reggae and Jawaiian, features 10 tracks: Beach5, Prove My Love, The Hawaiian Way, Love Takes Time, This Woman, Lipstick, The Way She Moves, Girl I Wanna Lay You Down, Steal My Kisses and Here Comes The Sun.

“Most of the originals brought to the project were already written, but through the process of making a record, you get inspired,” says Yrizarry.“Our strength is our original song-writing, and I know that is what sets us apart from everybody. The way we write music will be evident once you hear the music.”

After spending close to 200 hours in the studio since July, the guys say that “this recording has been a long time coming.” It is a musical endeavor that will showcase not only their writing abilities but their nicely blended harmonies.

“Some songs we sing by ourselves, others we alternate, some we do harmonies,” says Apuakehau, an Oahu firefighter.

Yrizarry adds,“So it’s not like two solo albums smashed together. If he’s (Sani) singing the lead, then I’m singing the backup, and vice versa.”

Beach 5: Christian and Sani
Beach 5: Christian and Sani



What’s your favorite song to sing at karaoke? Christian: Eye of the Tiger. Sani’s favorite is La Isla Bonita by Madonna. (laughs)

Sani: Christian’s one is Gwen Stefani, I’m Just A Girl. (laughs)

What do you do in your free time? Sani: I used to like going to the beach, but now that I have a kid, I still can go to the beach, but not as much.

Christian: I love to be outdoors.

Where is your favorite restaurant? Sani: I have several: Ruth’s Chris is on the top of the list, and Petite Garlic.

Christian: Get plenty. Helena’s Hawaiian Food, Local Boys in Kalihi.

What color best describes your personality?

Sani: Blue because I’m cool, calm and relaxed.

Christian: Green because I’m just the opposite, always tense. (laughs) Nah, nah, nah, it’s because I love the outdoors and the grass.

If you won the lottery and now had $1 million, what is the first thing you would buy?

Sani: A house.

Christian: A million dollars in this day and age is like $10,000. So I would invest it and then reinvest it and make the million into $10 million. Then buy 10 houses.

If you weren’t doing music what other passion would you pursue? Christian: Sani would want to pursue his modeling career with Gap and Guess Jeans.

Sani: Christian would be trying to be Ebert’s partner for the movie reviews. He watches every movie possible.

Christian: But yeah, I would want to be a food critic or a movie critic. I also have a degree in journalism, so that’s what I aspire to do.

If you could hang out with any local celebrity for one day, whom would you choose?

Christian: Don Ho.

Sani: I would say Jason Elam, so I can check out the NFL games. And I just read this article on him on how he studies all these religions. I think he would be cool.


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