"A tradition is something that can't be forced on a community— it is built on solid acceptance and mass support."In a single sentence, entertainment writer Wayne Harada touched upon the success of the Home Grown series, produced by disc jockey Ron Jacobs for KKUA Records in Hawaii during the late 1970s.
"Home Grown has become an instant tradition in the Islands ... and a springboard to fame for a dozen singers, musicians, and composers."The first compilation of Hawaii's Home Grown series (posts on each volume coming soon) featured artists like Cooper's Still of Kailua, David Kawika Crowley of Peralta, Country Living, and Bart Bascone. But I'm writing about the second volume in the series before anything else. Why? Because Nohelani Cypriano's "Lihue" is on this LP, and that's about all you need to know (there's more to learn about, though).
And the winner is, Lihue!When Nohe and Dennis Graue submitted their song to the Home Grown contest, they won.
The Home Grown series presents a unique view of Hawaii in 1977:The country was turning not-so-country and family stores were being torn down to make way for shopping complexes, suburbs, and parking lots. Chip Hatlelid & Shave Ice sang how the "Fujimura Store" broke down because the island was changing so fast.
Why Home Grown Matters
"Content-wise, there are love songs and think songs—mirroring the complexion of Hawaii, the beautiful and the bad. One artist who was so bowled over by the beauty of Hawaii (he lived here, went away, and came back) had to get his sentiments into song. Another, alarmed about the continuing demolition of the little things in life, tapped out a dandy ecological ditty. Still another expresses his view about the Hawaiiana movement.
The point is, every song has a story." – Wayne HaradaWith Home Grown II, as with all Home Grown compilations released in Hawaii, the mix of songs gives listeners a variety of views into our islands, from Maui to Kauai to the Big Island and Oahu. Each person experiences the land in a unique way. It just takes an effort like the Home Grown series to manifest individual perspectives into something marvelous and tangible.
Stay tuned for more posts in the Home Grown series, showcasing the Hawaiian compilations by DJ Ron Jacobs and KKUA.