Hawaiian Album Features Tunes From Hawai'i Island

Hawaiian Album Features Tunes From Hawai'i Island

A new Hawaiian music CD has been released, featuring songs and musicians exclusively from the Island of Hawaii. The compilation -- produced by Daniel Ho, in partnership with Keoki Kahumoku and the Big Island Visitors Bureau -- will generate funds for music education programs throughout Hawaii Island.

Na Mele Moku 'O Keawe features heartfelt songs performed by musicians that include Kevin Kealoha, John Keawe, Marcus Wong Yuen, Mary Ann Lim & Elmer (Sonny) Lim Jr., Diana Aki and Keoki Kahumoku, among others. Each song features a different aspect of the diverse lifestyles found throughout Hawaii Island. For example, in the tune "Saddle Road", Dana Leilehua Yuen talks about her feeling as she drove under the starlight at high-elevation, from West to East Hawaii. Other tunes speak of the paniolo lifestyle in Waimea, and so on.

At the CD release party in Hilo, Daniel Ho -- who has earned two Grammy's in the Hawaiian Music Category thus far -- shared a few thoughts on the project.

"When Keoki invited Lydia [Ho's fiance] and the principal photographer for the album] and I to work on this CD of Hawaii Island's finest musicians, we, of course, were thrilled and honored," said Ho. "We always have a great time and there is always much to learn about Hawaiian music, culture, farming, cooking, or pig trapping from him. Like his dad, he is an astoundingly diverse individual!"

The CD will be distributed to travel agents, meeting planners and key members of Hawaii's visitor industry. It is currently for sale at Daniel Ho's web site (www.danielho.com) and can be found at most Hawaii music and bookstores.

Tunes range from the Paniolo lifestyle in Waimea, to starlit drives at high elevation across the Saddle Road.