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Ho'omaluhia

by Kawika Kahiapo

At long last, multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning slack key guitar master, and student of "Pops" Gabby Pahinui, Kawika Kahiapo, has released a solo instrumental album which showcases his prowess in that specialized genre, unique to Hawai'i.
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1. Moe's Lullaby
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2. Iesu No Ke Kahuhipa
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3. On the Edge
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4. Constellations
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5. Kealohi
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6. Pukalani Hale
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7. Koke'e
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8. East Sise Slack Key
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9. Honu
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10. Opihi Moemoe
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11. Moon Rising
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12. Hawaii Aloha
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
David “Kawika” Kaiupileokalani Kahiapo
"Ho'omaluhia" was awarded "Slack Key Album of the Year" at the 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards!
Kawika has participated on 84+ recording projects in Hawaii since 1978. Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii Music Award) Recipient for Island Music Album of the Year in 2015 for "Ku'u 'Aina Aloha," Song of the Year (Life In These Islands 2007) Slack Key Artist of the year 2007. Group of the Year 2007. Featured in the Hawaiian Grammy Winning album in 2009: Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar II.

Hoʻomaluhia is primarily an instrumental album and features seven original and five cover songs, including the instrumental version of Jack Johnson’s award-winning song “Constellations,” from Johnson’s double platinum “In Between Dreams” album. Johnson plays alongside Kahiapo on this track. Also on the album is “Moe’s Lullabye,” a song Kahiapo wrote for Johnson’s son, Moe. The one song with vocals is Kahiapo’s take on a cover of the classic “Koke’e” by his friend the late Dennis Kamakahi.

A few of the original songs on the album include “Honu,” which was inspired by the sight of forty-plus honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) feeding on limu at the reef shoreline during Kahiapo’s stay at a beach house near Laniakea, also known as Turtle Beach. “Kealohi” was written for a small peninsula known as He’eia State Park, an ancient sacred site on the windward side of O’ahu. After composing “Moon Rising,” Kahiapo wanted to use a portion of it on a documentary video he co-produced, and while looking through his home for a nose flute he was hoping to use to set the mood, he found one that happened to be in the key in which he wrote the song.

Kahiapo has never before released an album that highlights his much-sought-after mastery of slack key guitar. His passion for the art began as a child, when he was influenced by world-renowned slack key master Gabby "Pops" Pahinui, who frequented the casual “garage parties” held at the Kahiapo family home. He continued to perfect his skills, broke into the professional music scene at age 17, and never looked back. To date he has contributed his talents to over 80 recording projects and has collaborated and performed with artists from the internationally acclaimed Jack Johnson to fellow GRAMMY® Award winner Cyril Pahinui; the Sunday Mānoa’s Palani Vaughan, and many, many more. He is a fixture at slack key festivals all over the U.S. and abroad, and the demand for both his slack key and vocal talents has extended to the recording of numerous jingles and theme songs for radio and television ads.

Hoʻomaluhia was produced by Kawika and recorded over a period of ten years, beginning at the same time he was in the studio recording the award-winning Kaukahi album, “Life in These Islands”. The album was recorded at Jack Johnson’s Mango Tree Studio, Rhythm and Roots Recording Studio, and Rendezvous Recording Studio. It was engineered by Chris Lau and Pierre Grill.

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