...as Nohe was recording her first LP, she and Dennis
submitted their original song for the Home Grown contest and won for their single, “Lihue,” which launched her career and became her first hit. Her first LP included her hit “Living Without You,” “You Are So Beautiful,” and “Moon of Manakoora” and branded her music as Hawaiian funk.
UPDATE: Nohelani Cypriano mix 12/2011I got my hands on more of Nohe's music, including the CDs Back in Love and What's Going On. Check out this 22-minute mix of funky tracks from Hawaii's Diva of Soul music.
1. "Unconditional Surrender" from Back in Love (1991) 2. "Lihue" from What's Going On (1995) 3. "Let's Do It" from Let's Do It (1980 single) 4. "Mystery Blue" from Around Again (1978) 5. "Playin' With Fire" from In the Evening (1982) 6. "Give Love A Try" from In the Evening (1982) 7. "O'Kailua" from Around Again (1978) 8. "Back In Love" from Back In Love (1991)Before she took off as a solo artist, Nohe was performing with the late 70s psych/prog rock group Golden Throat. The group disbanded after their recording their first LP and later reunited in 2010 for a performance at the Ala Moana Hotel for Hawaii's 70s Night Club Reunion. Of course, she also performed "Lihue" that night! Excerpt of the Golden Throat bio from the 70s Night Club Reunion site:
Golden Throat opened for many headliners at Conroy Bowl and the NBC Arena and played in Waikiki clubs, such as the Sting, Waikiki Beef 'n’ Grog and Hula’s. Some of the members of Golden Throat continued with prominent careers in music. Former bass player Michael Cord established Hana Ola Records ... Travis Fullerton moved to Hollywood and played drums for Billy Joel, John Lennon, Bonnie Raitt ... Gary Ferguson toured with Etta James, Cher, Ray Charles, Bette Midler ... and continues to teach drums in California. Dennis Graue remains in Hawaii and was the musical conductor for Don Ho for many years, recorded and released his own CDs and ... performs in Waikiki.Although it's not quite my taste at the moment, the album presents a nice mix of folk, jazz and pop music. Check out "Communication" by Golden Throat with Nohelani Cypriano: