In Malibu: The Lookout

Summer and Kalapana: the Malibu House

Surrounding yourself with musicians is a great way to stay inspired. Living with them in a huge house by the beach? Even better. Ron Yuen of the Hawaii band Summer recalls living with the members of Kalapana—including Mackey Feary, DJ Pratt, Malani Bilyeu, Alvin Fejarang—at a house in Malibu. Here's part 2 of my interview with Ron Yuen.

Aloha Got Soul: Mackey Feary, Unplugged

Treasures on Tape: Mackey Feary Unplugged

To die-hard fans of Mackey: you'll smile, you'll cry, you'll cherish these recordings that YouTube user paxukulele recently uploaded. Despite the poor audio quality (not only was it a live recording, it's on cassette tape, remember those things?), the 9 minutes 33 seconds of Mack and friends jamming is a perfect way to uplift anyone's [...]

Mackey Feary “Moon & Stars” (live)

"Moon & Stars" (live) by Mackey FearyA live recording of Mackey Feary singing "Moon & Stars" resurfaced on YouTube earlier this week. I wonder where it was recorded? No doubt he performed this with Kalapana, those backup vocals are so sweet! Enjoy this tender version of "Moon & Stars" courtesy of paxukulele. Keep his music [...]

Kenji Sato and Malani Bilyeu

Kalapana Live at the Hoku’s: “Naturally”

I'm sorry for saying this, but if you weren't at the Hawaii Convention Center Ballroom to see Kalapana perform live at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, you'll never know the feeling of hearing the band play "Naturally" that night. In front of an audience who lauded (they were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award) yet [...]

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards: Quick Wrap-up

Here's a quick overview of what I took away from the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano awards festival. Kalapana performing "Naturally" live as the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award (just magnificent!). Touch of Gold. A Hawaiian Philly Motown Soul-style vocal group with a touch of, well, gold. Resonating quotes from presenters and award-winners Photos, photos, photos Bob Dylan, Slack [...]