GRAMMY Nominee for Best Regional Roots Album
Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominee
Hawaii’s nine piece Hawaiian swing band, Kahulanui, is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo, Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. Kahulanui’s debut CD, “Hula Ku’i” was a 2014 GRAMMY Nominee and also a 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award finalist in three categories: Album of the Year; Most Promising Artist; Group of the Year.
“One of the most innovative releases to come out of the islands… Hawaiian Swing at its finest” – Skylark Rossetti
You’ve never heard a beat quite like this, either in Hawaii or in Harlem. [Kaulanui is a] a ferocious blast of swinging jazz. The sun may be hot, but the music is hotter. – The Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2015
Band Members performing on “Hula Ku’i” are: Lolena Naipo, Jr.: rhythm guitar, lead vocals, arrangements, harmonies Patrick Eskildsen: lead guitar, bass, background vocals Robert Duke Tatom: ukulele, background vocals Tim Taylor: drums, ipu Tenor sax and genius horn arrangements: Jesse Snyder Alto & baritone sax: Duncan Bamsey Trumpet: Andrea Lindborg Trombone: Garry ‘Railroad’ Russell Steel guitar: Greg Sardinha, Paul Kim, Dwight Tokumoto.
Produced and engineered by Charles Michael Brotman for Palm Records in Lava Tracks Recording Studio, Kamuela, Hawaii.