Kawao’s ‘Determined’; Mele At Bishop

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - June 02, 2010
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Kawao’s fourth full-length release

Kawao is back, following up a successful DVD release last year that earned a Hawaii Music Award and nomination for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award.

Walt G. and China‘s fourth full-length album release, Determined, made its way onto shelves and into the hands of fans last month.

“The title Determined is to let the fans and listeners know that we are determined to always create new and original music,” says Walt G.

Fans got a taste of the new 10-track album with the early release of the single Push Comes To Shove, which has taken over the No. 1 spot on radio stations throughout the state.

“This album has been two years of work, and we really took time to lay down the tracks, then come back and revisit,” says Walt G. “This process really allowed us to focus on the music and tweak it exactly how we wanted it.”


And in Kawao fashion, the track list is filled with feel-good original music: Push Comes To Shove, Going Crazy, Serious For Me, House Party, Bounce, Never Gonna Give (featuring Peni and Papa T.), One and Only and She’s Got It Going On.

“For this album we did one cover track, Sweet Baby,” adds Walt G. “We don’t usually do covers, but it’s a special song that I remember singing when I was younger, and it came out really good.”

John Cruz headlines opening night of Moonlight Mele

Keeping with previously released songs, Walt G. and China take a unified stand in the songwriting, creative input and vocals on the albums. It’s what, Walt G. says, “makes us a duo.”

For Walt and China, this new album demonstrates the bond that binds them as well as the growth of their music. Simple, groovy with some added something - that’s what fans have grown to expect from these two island boys - and, as always, they’ve delivered ...

Summer is here and you know what that means? Bishop Museum is hosting its annual Moonlight Mele on the Lawn series.

“It’s really opening up the museum to the community,” says Donalyn Dela Cruz, museum public affairs director. “And this year we are really showing off our grounds by having multiple performances throughout, not just on the lawn, but also in the courtyard.”

On the first Saturdays of June, July and August, Bishop Museum will open its doors for the community to enjoy great local entertainment and access to its newly renovated Hawaiian Hall.

“This year there are some big changes,” says Dela Cruz. “The concerts were normally on Thursdays and we’ve changed it to Saturdays. So that’s exciting, and we hope it will be more attractive because it is on the weekend. Also, instead of just the headliner, we have a number of acts.”

The opening concert is June 5 from 5.30 to 9.30 p.m. with headliners John Cruz and Kaukahi joined by Ledward Ka’apana, Tau Dance Theatre, Samadhi Aerial and The Taiko Center of the Pacific. The Hawaiian Hall will remain open until 7:30 each night.

Food booths and bars will surround the lawn. Picnic baskets also are available (pre-sale only) through Kahala Caterers, which runs the new Museum Café Pulama. Dinner for two costs $27.50; $37.50 with full bottle of wine.

Advance tickets for each concert cost $20 general admission; $15 for Bishop Museum members and military. Tickets are available at the Bishop Museum box office during opening hours (Wednesday through Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or online at http://www.bishopmuseum.org. Tickets are $25 if purchased on the day of the event.

The theme of the series reflects the ground floor theme of the newly restored Hawaii Hall - the realm of Kai Akea represents the Hawaiian gods, legends, beliefs and the world of pre-contact Hawaii.

The July 3 concert features Brothers Cazimero, Kaumaka’iwa Kanaka’ole, Samadhi Hawaii, Cyril Pahinui and Kaiholu, with a night arts market featuring traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts. Then Aug. 7, Na Palapalai, George Kahumoku, Royal Hawaiian Band, Samadhi Hawaii, Taimane Gardner and Friends, Ozzie Kotani and the Galliard String Quartet take the stage.

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