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Simple Island People

by Kupaaina

A blend of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, chant, reggae, blues, folk, and spoken word.
Genre: World: Island
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Night Marcher
4:05 $0.99
2. Simple Love Song
3:27 $0.99
3. Karl's Lullaby
3:23 $0.99
4. Kewalo
3:52 $0.99
5. Pomaika'i
4:49 $0.99
6. Jane's Store
6:00 $0.99
7. The Light
4:34 $0.99
8. Patriot's Heart (Spoken Word)
3:03 $0.99
9. Kupa'aina
4:12 $0.99
10. Holoholo Mai Slack
4:41 $0.99
11. Eo Mana Maoli
4:44 $0.99
12. Intro: HKM and Who We Are
1:07 $0.99
13. 7th Generation
4:13 $0.99
14. Overload on Automation
4:11 $0.99
15. Night Marcher (Skank Mix)
3:53 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
We are honored to present for your listening and reading audience KUPA'AINA: SIMPLE ISLAND PEOPLE an album derived from a new band, a new production company, a charter school and a community of friends, family and supporters inspired by music, culture, consciousness and education.

Short History of the Contributors:

Kupa'aina, which essentially means "a people familiar with a place," is a group of musicians drawn together from various garages, living rooms and backyards between Kahalu'u and Waianae. We have a love for our islands and traditional Hawaiian music and a desire to share that love with a larger audience in neo-traditional ways.

Kototama Productions ( "word soul") the album's producer was established by attorneys, Derek Kamiya and Kevin Chang, who were looking to get out of the legal business before they started, Brian Chun-Ming a live sound engineer who just finished fighting in Iraq, Tunji Heath an elder entertainment icon and Kelli Heath, a young surfer/songwriter looking to ride new sonic-waves.

The students and staff of Halau Ku Mana New Century Public Charter School (HKM) through their own creative effort and initiative, have contributed to this project in both song and inspiration. One track is written and performed by the students, and another is written by school staff. HKM offers students alternatives in education using art, cultural values and practices and the natural environment as learning tools. A portion of album royalties will be go to the school, which currently is housed at Paradise Park as part of the new up-and-coming native Hawaiian cultural center.

All of these groups continue to evolve as self-produced, self-funded, self-determined, do-it-yourself entities.

Kupa'aina's initial recording experience was as the first Hawaiian music band among the many characters hanging out at the independent grunge/punk/jazz/reggae environment of Junk Music Studios a live recording and performance space owned by Tunji Heath. Some band members made their first solo debuts on the Mana Maoli album produced by Kelli Heath of HKM. HKM often draws upon the art and music community for interaction and inspiration in the classroom. The relationships between band, production team members and the school have continued to evolve through concerts, fundraisers and class presentations culminating in Kupa'aina's first album.

We hope this album will express to you our great love of this place and it's people, of its contribution to our growth and our common soul source through rhythm and rhyme. We all have learned from this project that music not only has it's place as a solo creative effort but is essential to expressing the identity, endurance and vitality of a community's conscience. Music touches the souls of people across cultures regardless of language, creed or color. Music is the heartbeat of a people and their place and for the world music can be a talking drum, a peace pipe and a weapon for real soulful positive change, as Bob Marley sings "when it hits you feel no pain."

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Tony Rodriguez

I am into Hawaiiana
I only up to now just heard Simple Island People but I like
the CD and want to buy it. I'am going to click and see what
is next. I live in California so I have a hard time getting
Local Hawaiian Music. Mahalo Tony Rodriguez

Independent Music Observer

Soon-to-be Award-Winning Material; Buy This CD Now!
Simply the best island album of 2004; an absolute must-buy! From start to finish, reggae to slack, spoken word to remix, these Simple Island People have broken new ground that may finally thrust island music into the mainstream spotlight. Surely Kupa'aina will pick up a coveted Na Hoku, and odds are they'll snag a precious Grammy as well. If you think that's crazy talk then you haven't (1) heard the CD, and (2) come to understand the economics of the music industry in 2004, and (3) aren't too famliar with the business of music. This is an essential component of any complete music collection - especially one with Hawaiian, island (generally) or world beat representation. Buy This CD Now!

Honolulu Advertiser

Very good
Wayne Harada of Honolulu Advertiser gave this album an excellent review. Check it out at the Honolulu advertiser online.

Island Music Listener

Moving, inspiring and exciting. The cotent and the notes are provocative.
There is something for everyone in this album. Kewalo captures the very essence of the personal world of surfing. The Light is a moving blend of Hawaiian and Spanish in tribute to life, death and spirituality through the meaning of one person's life. Overload on Automation makes light hearted fun of this modern, technological world, except with an elegant Hawaiian kine twist. Simple Love Story is simply about the union of a man and woman told as never before in the most delightful, touching and light hearted manner. Karl's Lullabye is a moving whisper to everyman's child and the warmth they engender. Serious and touching topics are treated with so much fun. Everyone should treat themselves to this album.

Ooklah the Moc

Love up the Kupa Aina! Da bestest
Please you must see Kupa`Aina in the live concert; most extraordinary. All members of Ooklah the Moc give highest props to our boys in K.A. and please pick up this cd immediately!!!!

Henry Arkle

Great for ohana cookouts. A must hear album!
Awesome listening of local contemporary blend of music. Great for home, office or garage cookouts. Would definitely recommend to everyone. A must hear album!

Jen Varbalow

Great Cd! Really

Mr Chang

Kupa'aina featured on MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC
Latest news:

Our single Simple Love Song was feature on KCRW Los Angeles' "Morning brings Ecelctic" with Nic Harcourt. Some of our recent demo music was also featured on the NBC TV show HAWAII.


i agree with the other reviews, great album. i really really really recommend seeing these braddahs live, they sound even better and will blow you away with more original compositions, traditional stuff, falsetto, and covers.

J. Kalepu

Not just contemporary, but daring and transformative.
This CD demonstrates that Hawaiian music can be transformative, exciting, versatile and provocative. Hawaian music can have a reach beyond its shores and touch the mind and hearts of people around the world.
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