Edit ModuleShow Tags

Music Review

Na Palapalai, Ka Pua Hae Hawai‘i, Koops2 Entertainment


Published:

Na Palapalai’s third collection brings more unimpeachably nahenahe (sweet) music from the standard bearers of Hawaiian falsetto. The trio’s first two albums each won multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards, and the group isn’t messing around with a winning formula. Things sound much the same: creamy falsetto voices, a straightforward blend of guitar, ‘ukulele and bass, an even mix of originals and classic covers. A couple of guest musicians help beef up the mix: Aaron Sala lends his piano expertise to “Lei Kula Na Ali‘i” and “Kimo Henderson Hula,” and Shawn Ishimoto backs up Kuana Torres on guitar.

The music itself is easy to digest, but get ready to bust out your Hawaiian dictionary if you don’t already ‘olelo Hawai‘i. Na Palapalai is writing and singing for an audience of Hawaiian-music initiates—no English lyric translations here. Gone, also, are the helpful explainers Na Palapalai used to provide for each song, which pointed out sly double-entendres and other lyrical subtleties. It’s mostly forgivable—you don’t need liner notes to enjoy lively gems such as “Ka Manu ‘Ohala” and “Lei ‘Ohu”—but some of us could use the kokua.

BOTTOM LINE:
Na Palapalai should start clearing room on its shelves for a few more Na Hoku awards.

“Ka Pua Hae Hawai‘i”
“Ka Manu ‘Ohala”

To purchase this album, please visit http://store.mountainapplecompany.com/Na+Palapalai/Ka+Pua+Hae+Hawai%60i.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine April 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

Colin Nishida, Beloved Chef and Restaurateur, Leaves a Culinary Legacy

Colin Nishida

An entire community remembers the owner of Side Street Inn.

 

Closing of Popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike Delayed Until Further Notice

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

The state asks for public input as it works to repair the old concrete observation stations on the trail, commonly known as “pillboxes.”

 

First Look: Panda Dimsum in Kalihi

Panda Dim Sum

Frogs, hedgehogs and bees, oh my! This spot dishes up cute, Instagrammable dumplings.

 

Kaimukī Gets da Shop, a New Kind of Bookstore and Event Space

Da Shop

It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.

 


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

Explore 20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls and more.

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags