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"The 50 Greatest Hawaii Albums of All Time"

  • Hawaii is the only State with its own distinct music - our gift to the world.
  • Assembled by Honolulu Magazine, an esteemed panel of musicologists, producers and artists have selected the 50 albums they feel represent the best in Hawaiian music.
  • We celebrate the rich tradition of Hawaii's music by counting down this list of albums.
  • The list speaks to the incredible depth and breadth of Hawaii's recording industry - from traditional classics to shining stars of the Hawaiian Renaissance.
  • For more comprehensive information about the artists and their music, purchase Honolulu Magazine's Special Collector's Issue, 2004 "The 50 Greatest Hawaii Albums of All Time".
  • To hear Album Sound Clips, or to Purchase the Albums, click on the Titles listed below.

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No. 1: HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS - 1978 - Keola and Kapono Beamer

Since its release, its songs have become the soundtrack to Hawaii.

No. 2: GUAVA JAM - 1969 - The Sunday Manoa

The album that launched the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970's.

No. 3: GABBY - 1972 - Gabby Pahinui

Since the creation of the LP, no Hawaiian artist has made more of an impact.


A composer who mixed rock, jazz and R&B to create distinctly cosmopolitan songs.

No. 5: KAWAIPUNAHELE - 1994 - Kealii Reichel

The debut album that was done on a dare - he's been a star ever since.

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