Moffatt Honored With An Album

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - December 16, 2009
‘50 Years Of Music In Hawaii’

Uncle Tom Moffatt has been making music happen in Hawaii for the past 50 years.

He’s been recognized with awards and nominations, but never with an album. Moffatt was recently surprised by his staff with one, Tom Moffatt 50 Years Of Music In Hawaii, which features music that captures his run here as a creator of KPOI radio, concert promoter, record company president and author.

“This album was a surprise to me,” says Moffatt. “I knew they were doing something because they had asked me to write the liner notes, but I didn’t realize that it would be like this - it’s great!”

The collection is a fascinating and colorful look back at the people and songs that tell the story of Moffatt’s grand journey here in Hawaii. Its 22 tracks include Melveen Leed (Music of Hawaii), Keali’i Reichel (E O Mai), Ledward Kaapana (Opihi Bounce), Marlene Sai (Kipu Kai), Kapena (Masese), Raiatea Helm (Hu’i E), Makaha Sons of Niihau (He Inoa No Ka’iulani), Hui Ohana (Kapili), The Surfers (Hi’ilawe), Makaha Sons (Lahaina Luna),

Danny Couch (Waikiki), Kasuals (Songs About Love), John Rowles (Cheryl Moana Marie), Liz Damon’s Orient Express (1900 Yesterday), Rene Paulo (Here Is Happiness), Loyal Garner (Chotto Matte Kudasai), Buddy Fo & The Invitations (Masque Nada), Country Comfort (Sunlite Moonlight), SOS (Summer Symphony), Beamer Brothers (Honolulu City Lights), Don Ho (I’ll Remember You).

“I think I’ve worked with all of the artists on the album at one time or another,” says Moffatt. “And many of the songs featured I was a part of creating, such as the Hi’ilawe on the Shells album by The Surfers.”

Produced by George JD Chun and Shaka Records, the album pays tribute to a man who has brought acts to Hawaii such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Journey, and next year’s lineup includes Bon Jovi and Elton John!

“There are a lot of great memories, and it’s been real exciting,” adds Moffatt, who resides in Nuuanu. “And I’m still enjoying it. I’ve always felt that as long as I’m enjoying it, I’ll keep doing it.” ...

Here’s a debut album that’s loaded with talent.

Kale Hannahs of the award-winning group ‘Ale’a, and Matthew Sproat, a past winner of the Hawaii Island Falsetto Contest, have combined their respective musical experiences to produce their group Waipuna‘s debut album Mana’o Pili.

Waipuna’s debut album, ‘Mana’o Pili’

With strong vocal backgrounds and an array of instrument skills, Hannahs and Sproat’s album demonstrates their versatility. Hannahs provides on vocals, electric bass, upright electric bass and pahu. Sproat contributes vocals, six-string acoustic guitar, lead six-string guitar and six-string ukulele. They are joined by a handful of well-respected guest artists: John Cruz on vocals and harmonics; Glenn Mayeda Jr. on six-string acoustic guitar; Chino Montero on six-string Waipuna’s debut album, ‘Mana’o Pili’

acoustic guitar; Kellen Paik on four-string ukulele; Aaron Sala on piano; Greg Sardinha on acoustic steel guitar, steel guitar and slide guitar, andAdriano Larioza on percussion.

The album features 13 tracks, including four original songs, Lehua Mamo co-written by Lihau Hannahs and Kellen Paik; Ka Ulu Niu O Waipouli by Kumu Hula Maka Herrod; E Pili Kaua by Hannahs and Home by Sproat.

Beyond the lyrics and the sound is hula, a passion for Waipuna. Their beginnings together started with hula in 2007 as they toured Japan with Kumu Hula Noelani Chang. So in addition to performing as a duo, their live shows always feature their Waipuna Dancers, including Tauari’i Nahalea-Marama, Malia Schneider, Kapua Kennedy, Reid del Rosario and Keli’i Kotubetey.

For a look and listen, catch Waipuna at 6 p.m. each Sunday at The Royal Hawaiian’s Mai Tai Bar, or visit their Web site at ...

This week begins the 2009 Brown Bags To Stardom Music Video Challenge on OC-16. Every week starting on Sundays at 7:30 p.m., a new set of three high school music videos will air to be voted on all week.

“As with every year, the music videos submitted by the students are all great because it’s their best efforts with what they have and are capable of delivering with what is available to them to make a music video,” says Johnny Kai, executive producer of Brown Bags To Stardom. “Because it’s original music, the music videos represent a student’s love for music, their want to be heard and their need to explore their creative talents.”

This week’s contest features Brianna Abregano from Kamehameha Schools with her song 24/7, Just Us from Pearl City High with City’s On Fire, and Mystical Rhythm from Waianae High with Candy Ecstasy.

There are three ways to vote: 1) online ballots at, 2) Oceanic interactive remote on Sunday only and 3) Mail-in ballots printed in the Hi Life section of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin every Friday for the next three months.

“What we are beginning to see is kids appreciating the notoriety of being seen on Brown Bags To Stardom,so their entries are reflecting a more involved process in the writing and in expressing their views when telling their own story,” adds Kai.

Winners of the most votes receive $2,000. Second place will receive $500, and third receives $200. Trophies for categories include Best Music Video Production, Best Song, Best Vocalist, Best Storyline, Best Band and Most School Spirit.

Winners will be announced at the Brown Bags Music Video Challenge Celebration Concert planned for April.


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