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"More Island Sounds"
(In no particular order)
(See also The 50 Greatest Hawaii Albums of All Time)

  Slack Key Guitar Volume 2
Slack Key Guitar Volume 2
Various artists. Audio CD (October 28, 2003)

47th Annual Grammy Award Winner for Best Hawaiian Music Album.
Ki ho'alu, or slack key refers to the altered tunings of the acoustic guitar that are unique to the musical heritage of Hawaii. Slack Key Guitar Volume 2 was recorded in the heart of "Paniolo" (Hawaiian Cowboy) country where the slack key guitar style originated. This CD presents 10 extraordinary slack key artists, each with their own tuning and slack key style ranging from traditional to contemporary showing an evolution of this art form. A must have for all guitar lovers!

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters
Various artists, Audio CD (May 23, 1995)

Hawaiian slack-key guitar began evolving in the 1830s, when Spanish and Mexican cowboys brought guitars to the cattle ranches of the Big Island. It became a recognizable style around the turn of the century. Traditionally an accompanying instrument in a group setting, slack key has recently moved out front, and this all-instrumentals CD shows why.

Keali'i Reichel, Audio CD (December 9, 2003)

One of Hawaii's top artists. 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Award - Album of the Year.

Alone in IZ World
Alone in IZ World
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Audio CD (September 25, 2001)

The fastest selling Hawaiian album of all time! 2002 Na Hoku Hanohano Award - Album of the Year.

Hymns of Hawaii
Hymns Of Hawaii
George Kahumoku, Daniel Ho, Audio CD (December 14, 1999)

Don't be put off by the "hymns" in the title. This music is as uplifting as the views from Kauai's Na Pali coast.

  Some Other Titles of Interest

The Uncle In Me
Willie K.

Na Mele`o Kawa Kahiko
George Naope

Sunday Morning
Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaiian Christmas
Noelani Mahoe and the Leo Nahenahe Singers

The Gift of Music - From Father to Son
Dennis Kamakahi on slack key guitar and David Kamakahi on ukulele.

Heart of the Ukulele
Eddie Kamae's great recording.

Lima Wela
The legendary guitarist Ledward (Led) Kaapana

Hawaiian Wedding Song
Hawaii Calls Orchestra and Chorus

South Sea Island Magic
Moe Keale remembered as a treasure of Hawaiian music

Steel Guitar Magic
Hawaii's legendary steel guitarists, ulukele and guitar stylists.

Chants of the Islands
Traditional chants taught by all Hulau Hula plus original chants by Palani Kahala.

Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar - Vol.1
Compilation of performances "live" from Maui 2004 featuring master guitarists: Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui (son of the legendary Gabby Pahinui), Ozzie Kotani, Keoki Kahumoku, Daniel Ho and George Kahumoku Jr.

Na Palapalai
This Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning group captures the magic of the nostalgic falsetto sounds of yesterday, incorporating a synergistic blend of today, and manifesting a sound for "tomorrow".

The Art Of Solo Ukulele
In honor of the Honolulu Academy of Arts 75th Anniversary, the academy released this exciting new CD. Featuring four of Hawaii's top ukulele virtuosos: Benny Chong, Gordon Mark, Jake Shimabukuro and Byron Yasui. Each performer represents a different aspect of the ukulele's broad range of styles, and the album spans a wide spectrum from local Hawaiian favorites to jazz, pop, Broadway and even classical music. Available at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Gift Shop. Call: The Academy Shop (808) 532-8703 or toll free from the Mainland or neighbor islands 1-800-829-5211. Price $15.00
Na Mele Paniolo: Songs of Hawaiian Cowboys
In 1985, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts embarked upon a journey to record the sounds of families and friends singing on Hawaiian ranches. The material collected focused primarily on the musical traditions of the Hawaiian cowboy ("paniolo"). Na Mele Paniolo was released on cassette tape in 1987 and has been out of print since the early 1990's. The analog recordings were recently digitzed and made available in double CD format. The 52-page booklet, which accompanies the CDs, features biographies of several prominent musicians and the English and Hawaiian translations of the songs. Among the artists included are Na Molokama o Hanalei, Bill Kaiwa, Peppie and Gippy Cooke, and Clyde "Kindy" Sproat. The double CD is a musical tribute to the paniolo legacy. Available at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Gift Shop. Call: The Academy Shop (808) 532-8703 or toll free from the Mainland or neighbor islands 1-800-829-5211. Price $20.


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