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Kaponokaulike

by Doug Fitch

The guitar was the first western instrument introduced to the Hawaiian islands in the 1820s. The natives quickly adapted the instrument to their native chants by using alternating basslines along with melodies, all on 1 guitar in idiosyncratic tunings
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1. Nani Ho'omana'o
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2. Moe 'Uhane
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3. Nanea Kou Maka I Ka Le'ale'a
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4. Nahenahe
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5. Wai'anae Slack Key Hula
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6. Pau Pilikia
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7. Kilakila O Haleakala
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8. Old Maunaloa
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9. Kiho'alu
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10. 'Opihi Momona Nui
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11. Hi'ilawe
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12. Slack Key Hula
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13. Wa'ahila
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Kaponokaulike” is Doug Fitch’s second solo album and third to date. In contrast to his previous albums, which feature his original vocal, guitar and ‘ukulele compositions, here Doug is paying homage to some of the now-departed greats of slack key guitar. He has selected some seldom-heard songs, tunings, and expressions of timing in order to help preserve and perpetuate them.
Though he plays these authentic Hawaiian songs in the traditional Kiho’alu style, he does not attempt to imitate the original artists. Each song is presented with Doug's own interpretation, caught at the moment of recording.

Doug grew up in the mountains of Colorado where he learned finger-style guitar while playing acoustic folk, cowboy and bluegrass music. With this background, once he relocated to Hawaii, Doug was naturally drawn to and resonated with Kiho’alu music. He sought out living masters of the genre and became a student of their styles. He has been selected as an apprentice in the “Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program” funded by the State of Hawai’i’ Foundation on Culture and the Arts the National Endowment for the Arts.

The guitar has a long and continuous history in Hawaii. It was the first old-world instrument introduced to the islands in the 1820s, when vaqueros from Mexico brought it along with them as they trained local natives to work as cowboys. When the Spaniards left Hawaii, they also left behind their guitars, and the new-breed of cowboys, the “paniolos,” took to the instrument, creating their own tunings and adapting it to their tradition of chant-based music.

As you listen to this album, realize that Doug has purposefully included a variety of sonic expressions by playing the songs on differing guitars and with differing tunings. You will hear nylon strings, steel strings, six strings and twelve strings, as well as a variety of guitar sizes and shapes.

A prolific songwriter himself, Doug has an appreciation for genuine artistry and heart-felt performance. This album demonstrates both of those attributes and will no doubt long remain in the libraries of slack key guitar enthusiasts everywhere. -- Brad Fitch, January 2012

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