When Kirk left Kalapana and returned to the islands, he wanted to give John Rapoza and 16 other Hawaii musicians a chance to showcase their talent in a super group called Lemuria.
What makes soul, soul? I’ve asked this question before, and my answer is: “soul” moves us from deep within. Herb Ohta, Sr. (Ohta San) taps into that soul spectrum with his Decca LP, Soul Time In Hawaii.
I got to thinking again, but this time about what makes digging in Hawaii special. Following conversations with local collectors, here are my thoughts about record collecting in Hawaii.
The annual Friends of the Library of Hawaii Music & Book Sale is January 19-21, 2013. Doors open at 9am everyday. Don’t remember last year’s event? Check out these photos…
There couldn’t have been a better name for this obscure disco-funk band. Lead by keyboardist Checo Tohomoso, Nova bursts with power and positivity on every track, gradually bring it full-circle at he end of each song. “Can We Do It Good” is a shining example. But where the hell did this record come from?
Why are vinyl records important? When you play a record, the music soothes us in a way that digital can’t. Vinyl records have helped me find rewarding friendships. Vinyl records serve as historical documents of timely art, culture, and ideas. Read the full article to learn more.
Talented songwriters keep your attention, but gifted songwriters capture your imagination. When Steve and Teresa released “Catching a Wave”, they gave Hawaii one of the greatest gifts of all time. Their classic acoustic jam transports you inside the barrel of a perfect wave filling your spirit with what can only be described as poetic energy.
Every year, hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl LPs and 7-inch singles fill the cafeteria at the Friends of the Library of Hawaii’s Annual McKinley Booksale, attracting thousands of book lovers and music collectors to the Honolulu high school grounds. It’s a blessing to spend time with fellow diggers at an event like this, talking records, comparing finds, and watching the crowd buzz about with books tucked under their arms because their handtrucks are packed full. Good times.
Leave it to the Japanese to have (and know) all the good stuff—here’s a surprise that woke me up to the warm sounds of Summer’s sophomore release. “Weekends In Malibu” is a classic AOR album that combines elements from mellow pop, disco, rock—and of course, sounds of the islands. Even if Ron Yuen and Tim Hurley were jamming 3,800 miles away from home.
Thanks to the ohana over at coletivoACTION and Trip Magazine for translating my Top 10 article into Brasilian Portuguese and publishing it online here. A big mahalo to Hungry Ear […]