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Honi Honi

by Bula Akamu

Transcending Contemporary Island music with an infusion of bilingual lyrics and jazzy reggae beats, Honi Honi pays tribute to Hawaii’s sacred greeting of affection, the honi. In a truly artistic and original form, each track honors Hawaii’s magnificence.
Genre: World: Hawaiian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wahi Pana
3:29 $0.99
2. Honi Honi
3:09 $0.99
3. Sun Sets Down
3:09 $0.99
4. Island Chain
3:31 $0.99
5. He Nani Poina Ole
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Written and composed with the deepest embodiment of aloha, Honi Honi pulls from the energy surrounding Hawaii’s sacred greeting, the honi. In ancient Polynesia, the honi was a common demonstration of affection by which two people touch forehead to forehead and nose to nose and the mana, or spiritual power, between them is shared. As they touch, each person inhales, and as they do, they exchange with one another the breath of life. Bula Akamu shares with us his ha, or breath of life, as he immerses the audience in a world of beauty showcasing his sweet harmonies, bilingual songwriting, and intricate arrangements. As a true labor of love, this album speaks of enchantment and passion found in romance, paradise, reflections of the past, and dreams of the future.

Stacked strong with an exemplary array of musicians, Honi Honi grabs the ear within its first catchy notes. Each instrument is expertly executed and sits perfectly within the composition. Tom Zablan’s tasty drums alongside Jim Summey’s colorful percussions drop the beats for Mati Laino’s hypnotic bass lines. Kawika Souza’s silky keys fill in the pockets while Andrea Lindborg’s trumpet punches throughout the mix. The buttery notes of Duncan Bamsey’s saxophone set hooks that grab the ear and leave the audience eager for more. Bula Akamu tops it off by leading the pack with unique guitar progressions and a soulful tone that brings his original lyrics to life and, in quoting one of the tracks, “melts your heart away.”

Over time, honi has transformed into meaning kiss, but the mana surrounding it has not been lost. As with it’s profoundly rooted inspiration, Honi Honi finds it’s place among Hawaii’s most captivating sounds, capable of outshining the limits of time.



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