One of Hawaii's best albums is back in stores, after decades out of print.
By Michael Keany
Courtesy of Ono Records
Cover of the classic album
But it wasn't until after his father John Tsukano's funeral, when the family was going through boxes of memorabilia that had been in storage, that the long-lost master tapes came to light once again. Tsukano was finally able to digitize the tapes, clean up the clicks and pops and release the album on compact disc. "I heard instruments I'd never heard on the vinyl, which was a revelation."
For Tsukano, the re-release has become a tribute not only to the Hilo Hawaiians, but his father as well, who had managed and produced the group in its heyday. "One of my dad's proudest achievements was recording these guys, and he always said, 'We can't let this music die.'"