Talented songwriters keep your attention, but gifted songwriters capture your imagination. When Steve and Teresa released "Catching a Wave", they gave Hawaii one of the greatest gifts of all time. Their classic acoustic jam transports you inside the barrel of a perfect wave filling your spirit with what can only be described as poetic energy.
Leave it to the Japanese to have (and know) all the good stuff—here's a surprise that woke me up to the warm sounds of Summer's sophomore release. "Weekends In Malibu" is a classic AOR album that combines elements from mellow pop, disco, rock—and of course, sounds of the islands. Even if Ron Yuen and Tim Hurley were jamming 3,800 miles away from home.
"Brand New Day" by Ron Ka-IpoHow you begin your day is up to you, but I prefer to wake up to sounds of Hawaii, like this breezy, jazzy track: "Brand New Day" by Ron Ka-Ipo.Ron's music inspires his listeners to reach for the clouds, laugh with your friends, and spend more time with the ones you love.Even when some days can seem dark and difficult, Ron reminds us that there's always a brand new day to hope for.Learn more about Ron Ka-Ipo's LP here.
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.
It's a huge claim to make: Hawaii's favorite band. But back in the 1980s, nobody could touch the Fabulous Krush. They were charismatic, dynamic and superbly talented. The Krush brought audiences together for good, clean fun with every performance.