Island Artists - Na Mele Hula
Traditional Hawaiian hula songs performed by several of Hawaii’s Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musicians. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman.
About the Artists:
Rupert Tripp, Jr. became know to audiences throughout Hawaii during the 1980′s when his group Nalu! emerged on the contemporary island music scene. In addition to his career as a solo singer/songwriter, Rupert is also a member of Hawaii’s acoustic guitar trio, Kohala.
Darlene Ahuna is one of Hawaii’s singers who perpetuates the traditional style of Hawaiian music. She is a Hoku Award winner and tours the U.S. and Japan.
Kevin Kealoha is known among Big Island musicians as one of the most talented singers in the state. He has a beautiful falsetto voice and is equally proficient in R & B, Jawaiian, and other contemporary styles.
Pomai and Loeka, Hawaii’s brother-sister duo, started singing in their family concerts on the Big Island of Hawai`i when they were three years old. They are Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners and have several local hit records.
Brothers Wailau and Lopaka Ryder were born on Oahu, but grew up in the Puna region of the Big Island. One of their biggest influences was their aunt, the well-known musician and Hawaiian educator Lei’ohu Ryder.
Randy Lorenzo is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award recipient, former member of the Peter Moon Band and Olomana, performed on Cecilio and Kapono’s “Night Music” album and on the Beamer Brothers “Honolulu City Lights” album, recorded 2 CDs with Gabby Pahinui, and is a former member of Country Comfort. Randy grew up in Waimanalo, Hawaii. A seasoned Hawaiian music performer, he has also written several Hawaiian hit songs.
Sonny Lim, was born and raised on the Big Island. His solo debut recording, “Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim” was nominated for a GRAMMY Award, and Sonny’s guitar playing was featured on “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″, the first Hawaiian music CD to win a GRAMMY Award. He is a multiple HOKU Award winner and a member of the famous musical Lim family.
Hilo born Lito Arkangel is fast becoming one of Hawaii’s favorite falsetto singers and entertainers. His sweet and powerful voice have led fans to compare his performance to Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole).
Nephi Brown, one of the Big Island’s best entertainers, has also become a successful movie actor playing roles such as the chef in Adam Sandler’s “50 First Dates”.
Brothers Marcus and Satoy Wong Yuen are well-known on the Big Island for their Paniolo style. They perform at slack key guitar festivals, resort hotels, local luaus, and many other musical events on the Big Island.
Dwight Tokumoto’s steel guitar has graced many recordings and performances in Hawaii, most notably the recordings and performances of Kahulanui, Darlene Ahuna and Diana Aki. He is proficient on steel guitar, acoustic guitar, and slack key.
Charlie Recaido’s music career in Hawaii began as a teenager with the success of his band Summer. He is a studio musician, recording engineer, a member of Hawaii’s acoustic guitar trio Kohala, and performed on Hawaii’s first GRAMMY Award winning CD.