Sunday Manoa’s Guava Jam signaled a new direction in Hawaiian music. The trio’s definitive album, released on Hula Records in 1969, defined a new style of Hawaiian music, ushering the start of a new era in the islands known as the “Hawaiian Renaissance”—the revitalization of tradition, culture, and language of the Hawaiian people. But in the early seventies, many found Guava Jam difficult to accept.
John Book gives us his Top 5 Hawaiian Albums in addition to an important lesson in Hawaiian music history, describing an era when artists expanded the sounds of traditional island music into something new—something the people have never heard before. It was the start of a revolution, a movement that pushed the limits what Hawaiian music should sound like to new heights.