Mountain Apple Releases Five Albums

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - September 02, 2009
Amy Hanaiali’i teams up with some of Hawaii’s best

Mountain Apple Company is involved in almost every facet of the music and entertainment industry, including publishing, producing, recording, distributing and staging performances for scores of musicians and entertainers.

It produces and markets the best-selling recorded music in the history of Hawaii, including five artists who are releasing new material this month - Keli’i Kaneali’i, Amy Hanaiali’i, Eddie Kamae, Ho’okena and Sean Na’auao.

Keli’i Kaneali’i, a founding member of the original HAPA, returns to the music scene with his debut solo CD, Kaua’i. The album transports the listener to places on Kaua’i that few ever witness - it’s comforting and simple. It features five original songs that demonstrate Kaneali’i's composing and vocal talents.

The 10-song track list includes: Kalihiwai E, I Love Kaua’i, Kamalani O Keaukaha, All To You, Mahina O Hoku, He Hawaii Au, Kimo Hula, Me Kou Nani E, Mokuoeo and My Light.

For her album, Amy Hanaiali’i invited some of the best male vocalists in Hawaii to join her on the album - many are legends she grew up listening to, and others are what her liner notes refer to as “stars of tomorrow in Hawaii.”

Each of the featured talents bring his own unique skills and recognizing that, Hanaiali’i chose to do it in their style instead of having each sing to hers. The result is a plethora of sounds that demonstrate Hanaiali’i's versatility and talent.

Joining her on the album are Willie Nelson, Keali’i Reichel, John Cruz, Henry Kapono, Nathan Aweau, Palani Vaughan, Kaumakaiwa, Dennis Kamakahi, Martin Pahinui Trio, Sean Na’auao, Darren Benitez, Fiji, Eric Gilliom and Rebel Souljahz.

The production of the album also was a team effort by Allen Sviridoff, Matt Catingub and herself. The three-time Grammy nominee expresses her respect for all genres and talents that make up Hawaii’s wonderfully diverse music scene in this album, Friends & Family in Hawaii.

Ho’okena’s 2009 release

Last month Eddie Kamae celebrated his 82nd birthday. As if that’s not enough to celebrate, this month he shows Hawaii that he’s still got the touch with the release of his new CD, Yesterday & Today Volume 2.

Renowned for his contribution to the legendary Sons of Hawaii, Kamae has continued to seek out excellence in his music. From the traditional spirit of songs recorded yesterday to new arrangements and recordings of today, Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii offer listeners 12 songs. Rounding out Today’s Sons are Mike Kaawa, Analu Aina and Paul Kim.

Back on the scene is Ho’okena! Six years after their Grammy-nominated album, Cool Elevation, released, Manu Boyd, Horace Dudoit, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith are on the verge of launching their 10th recording, Nani Mau Loa -

Everlasting Beauty, this month.

And just in case you’re counting, this year marks 23 years together. Their new album was inspired by their lasting commitment to their music, as well as the everlasting beauty of Hawaii. And they even penned one of the four originals, Ni’o O Maleka Ailana, especially for Barack Obama,

“In January at a rehearsal at my house, Horace introduced music he’d been working on for a while and asked me to compose the lyrics,” says Boyd. “At that moment I knew the song was going to be for President Obama and the title, meaning (the pinnacle of America), came immediately. It was months later on Kuhio Day that I penned the lyrics.”

After spending most of his life in the music business, Sean Na’auao is documenting his success with the creation of a greatest hits album. His release Sean Na’auao Hot Hits is testimony to just how many times he’s gotten it right.

The album includes a generous 14 tracks: Fish & Poi, Ka’iliauokekoa, Ka Pilina, Love, Ke’eha Ke Aloha, Surf Paina, Punani Patrol, He Lei Makana, Coming In From The Cold, Nou E Kahiau, Li Hing Hula, Where Is The Love, Na Makani Eha and Drop Baby Drop.

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