Aloha Got Soul: Kalapana Sings Southern All Stars 1991

A Forgotten Album: Kalapana Plays Southern All Stars

Today is a special day, my girlfriend’s birthday! This post is in honor of her and her Japanese roots. It’s also a post about a Kalapana album that not many people know about. Enjoy!

Kalapana sat down in 1991 to create what should be a monumental album in their long list of recordings, but has been largely overlooked in their discography. My guess is that people enjoy the 1970s and 80s sound of Kalapana, but never really got used to the 90s sound of this CD.

Kalapana plays Southern All Stars—featuring ten tunes written by prolific songwriter Keisuke Kuwata—showcases the Hawaii group singing some of Japan’s most beloved songs from the 1970s and onward.

I once read that Southern All Stars is to Japan what Kalapana is to Hawaii.

Aloha Got Soul: Kalapana Sings Southern All Stars 1991

It took me a long time to track down this CD which never made it to vinyl as far as I know.

Kalapana translated all ten songs from Japanese to English from the CD. A big challenge that succeeded by keeping the meaning of the original lyrics intact.

My girlfriend’s favorite Sazan song is “Itoshi no Ellie”, and we’ve been playing it on repeat for months now.

The details:

1. Sorry To Make You Cry (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
2. Unaware (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
3. Just A Little Bit (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
4. Miss Brand-New Day (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
5. Ya Ya (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
6. Melody (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
7. Please! (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
8. Capricious (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)
9. Ellie My Love (Keisuke Kuwata, Varnes & Hawkins)
10. Big Wave (Keisuke Kuwata & Kalapana)

Executive Producers : Yoshiya Omata & Tom Sassa
Produced by Kenji Sano
Recorded at Garden Rake, California; Village Recorders, California (The Steve Lindsey Studio) & M-Bar, Osaka
Mixed at Garden Rake
Engineered by Gaylor Holomalia
Assistant Engineers : Greg Loskorn, Eric Anest & Hideo Ueda

Kalapana :
Malani Bilyeu : Guitars & Vocals
Mackey Feary : Guitars & Vocals
Gaylord Holomalia : Keyboards
D.J. Pratt : Guitars
Kenji Sano : Bass & Vocals

Additional musicians :
Alex Acuna : Percussion
Tris Imboden : Drums
Michael Paulo : Sax
James Studer : Keyboards & Vocals

2 thoughts on “A Forgotten Album: Kalapana Plays Southern All Stars

  1. Gaylord Kalani Holomalia says:

    Hi Roger, one of the reasons we didn’t release this cd in Hawaii is because of legalities. It was intended as a Japan only release by Pony Canyon Records. We recorded a lot of this cd at Jay Graydon’s home studio, which looks like a major recording studio attached to his house. One day I’ll post some behind the scenes footage of the making of the album.

    aloha,
    Gaylord

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