"Hi Tina, don't apologize for 'sweet', I'm very happy you thought of it that way! I think the mix is sweet—it's a kind of a 60-minute love song for Hawaii, the musicians singing and playing their affection for the islands."I've known since the beginning of this collaboration that my idea for a "places" mixtape would produce an enduring blend of soulful music, with each track inspired by the unique, spiritual landscapes of Hawaii. I'm happy someone else agreed. Everyone knows the saying, "there's no place like home". But the luckiest people on Earth find a deep connection to Hawaii, where the spirit of aloha fills the heart and mind and soul. The inevitable result of this feeling is the creation of music that sounds like this. original post on iCrates:
“Through music, Hawaiians create a deep connection with the land, or aina. Each individual makes a spiritual bond with a place—a place they call home. When I listen to these songs, I close my eyes and let myself be transported to the many places other people call home: Kona, Manoa, Kailua, Waimanalo, Waikiki, Kaho‘olawe, Volcano, the Na Pali Coast. My home is in Honolulu, and even if I haven’t visited all these places yet, the music paints images of tropical wonder, creating a sense of serenity you might find in the surrounding beauty of a special place. I feel at home with each song.
You have to understand, Hawaiians hold aina close to the heart, mind, and soul. It’s a lifetime connection. Throughout every island, there are places that take root inside us, tying the people to the land and Hawaii to our hearts. It’s probably why so many Hawaii expats return to the islands after living away for so many years. (I moved to Oregon in 2006 and came back 2011). Inevitably, Hawaii calls.
Why do people love Hawaii? Mostly for its sunshine, beaches, people and ono-licious food. But I invite you to experience Hawaii through its people and the places that connect us with the spirit of the islands. Let the places we love dearly call out to you and, for 60 minutes, be your home, too.”
1. Kona 2. Manoa 3. Kapoho 4. Kona 5. Kaho‘olawe 6. Le‘ahi (Diamond Head) 7. Iao 8. Mauka 9. Kailiua 10. Waimea 11. Waimanalo 12. Maui 13. Kalalau 14. Hamakua 15. Hilo 16. Volcano 17. Kauai 18. Kona 19. Waikiki 20. Waikiki 21. No Place Like Home*Tracklist has been slightly modified from the original iCrates version, which includes Momi Riley's "Kona Way" twice.