Grammy-Winning Producer Releases Album To Benefit Whales

Grammy-Winning Producer Releases Album To Benefit Whales

On a late Spring day at the Kahala Mall, multiple Grammy Award-winning music producer Daniel Ho took the stage with ukulele in hand. He performed a few tunes to passers-by, grabbed his things, and walked down to the movie theaters still inside the mall. There he played along with footage from a feature film in which he lent a hand to the score, just another skill this versatile virtuoso has amassed. This month marks the release of a collaborative effort Ho produced, along with Hawaiian singer-songwriters like Jack Johnson, Herb Ohta, Jr., Tia Carrere (another Grammy winner), Makaha Sons, Kawika Kahiapo, George Kahumoku, Jr. and Kaukahi, to name a few.

The album is entitled "Kai Palaoa", and literally translates to "whale sea". You guessed it: A portion of proceeds from sales of the disc will support the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's education programs (and efforts to find a shorter name for their organization!), as well as Kokua Foundation Hawai`i.

"To do something like this, and know that it benefits one of the most beautiful aspects of Hawaii's environment, it was an honor," said Ho.

Included on the CD is a single bonus DVD track, which features a slack-key guitar instrumental composed by Ho, played against never-before-seen whale footage, filmed by the good folks at NOAA. The CD "Kai Palaoa" can be purchased at participating music stores throughout Hawai`i, and the Waikiki Aquarium, for $15.

For more information visit www.DanielHo.com 

A portion of proceeds from sales of the disc will support the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's education programs.