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Coconut Hat

by Jim Kimo West

Inspired by Maui's magical Hana Coast, Kimo's first CD collection of ki hoa'lu compositions is a classic in the ki hoa'lu genre.
Genre: World: Slack-Key Guitar
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Coconut Hat
Jim West
3:17 $0.99
2. Lanikele
Jim West
4:06 $0.99
3. Keiki Time
Jim West
2:11 $0.99
4. Koali
Jim West
3:11 $0.99
5. 'Ulupalakua Sunset
Jim West
3:34 $0.99
6. Kai Moku
Jim West
3:13 $0.99
7. Isa Lei
Jim West
4:55 $0.99
8. Holoholo Helen Style
Jim West
2:38 $0.99
9. Cereus
Jim West
2:39 $0.99
10. Paliku
Jim West
2:44 $0.99
11. A Lei For James
Jim West
2:11 $0.99
12. Na Manu Iki
Jim West
2:45 $0.99
13. Aloha, Uncle Lawrence
Jim West
1:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jim "Kimo" West

Listener comments..

"This is one of the most beautiful albums I have. It is so relaxing after a stressful day...just gets the knots right out of my soul! I highly recommend this CD to anyone who cherishes great music."

"Think of Leo Kotke, Ry Cooder and John Fahey all rolled up into one guy. Ship him off to Hawaii for a gentle bake in the sun and surf... feed him tropical fruit drinks, invite him to luaus, let him enjoy the beauty of God's islands. You do this, and "Coconut Hat" is what you'll get back. I loved this recording... was immediately transported from the mainland back to the islands with their relaxed sense of time and nature, friendly people and a comfortable, casual lifestyle that suits me just fine."

Biographical Info...

Best known as being long-time guitarist for the world's most famous musical satirist,"Weird Al" Yankovic, Jim "Kimo" West is a talented and uniquely gifted slack key guitarist and also wears the hat of composer for film and television
and producer for independant artists.

In 1985,after a long summer on the road, he visited Hana, Maui where he first heard the lilting sound of ki ho 'alu,or "slack key" guitar. As records by Gabby Pahinui, The Sons of Hawaii and Peter Moon played on the turntable, he jammed along for fun and relaxation. Already a devotee of altered tunings, he soon started composing his own ki ho 'alu songs, bringing a unique musical perspective to one of the world's greatest acoustic guitar traditions.

His CD's "Slack Key West","Coconut Hat" and "Nurturing the Garden",a commission for the National Tropical Botanical garden on Kauai, feature new, original compositions, setting them apart in a genre that relies heavily on existing repetoire. He performs regularly at the legendary Slack Key Festivals in Hawai'i and is a recent winner of the "LA Treasures" award for his contributions to LA's world music landscape.

He still tours and records with "Weird Al" Yankovic and maintains a personal studio in Los Angeles for his music productions.



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Emily C.

I bought this CD to use in my massage office and it's worked out great so far. It's relaxing, takes you away from your problems and shows the true skills of this musician along the way. Way to go, Jim! Thanks!


Such a versatile artist. Jim is a fantastic guitarist who can hold an album with nothing more than one man strumming strings with incredible skill.


Beautiful Instrumentals
Kimo displays his exceptional Slack Key Guitar abilities through this wonderful music. I'm not much on instrumentals, but this is one CD I listen to ALOT! Great buy if you want to close your eyes and picture yourself lying on a Hawaiian Beach.

Craig Siv

What a beautiful album - sit back and enjoy the smooth guitar
When I orderd this CD, I was a Weird Al fan. Not Just a Weird Al fan, but also a fan of his guitarists - Jim West & Steve Jay (who are both excellent musicians in their own right) This CD "Coconut Hat" by Jim West illustrates the ease at which these songs are delivered to the listener, giving off a relaxing and easy to chill to vibe. The guitar sounds of this album are delivered with precision, making it a smooth, enojoyable, and fun experience. ANYONE will appreciate the gentleness of 'Coconut Hat', and will probably begin dreaming of sunny beaches and hawiian shirts!


Beautiful, soothing...
Beautiful, soothing music - it keeps me calm in the car and centered during yoga. Can't recommend it highly enough!


take me to the islands
cd is very beautiful to listen too, so peaceful and serene.