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The 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century


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25) The Green

Green, 2010

Listening to the hooky, immersive roots reggae of this debut, you’d never guess that 70 percent of the album was recorded in guitarist JP Kennedy’s bedroom. “We would just jam in my bedroom and record stuff,” he says. “We had this vibration, this brotherhood.” This is feel-good music, for sure, but it’s anchored by an attention to Hawaii realities. “We sing about what we see around us, good and bad,” says member Zion Thompson. “We like music with substance.”

Mahalo to all our Esteemed Panelists:

John Aeto, Mana Magazine
Leah Bernstein, Mountain Apple Co.
Robert Cazimero, musician
Nalani Choy, musician
Jon de Mello, Mountain Apple Co.
Bruddah Wade Faildo, Hawaiian 105 KINE
Keola Donaghy, UH Maui music department
Kainani Kahaunaele, musician
Kawika Kahiapo, musician
Dennis Kamakahi, musician
Michael Keany, HONOLULU Magazine
Fred Krauss, Punahele Productions
Mailani Makainai, musician
Ken Makuakane, musician
Derrick Malama, Hawaii Public Radio
Derek Paiva, Hawaii Magazine
Kealii Reichel, musician
Jake and Laurie Rohrer, Ululoa Productions
Skylark Rossetti, radio personality
Harry B. Soria, Territorial Airwaves
Kuana Torres Kahele, musician
Dave Tucciarone, producer
“Billy V” Van Osdol, Hawaiian 105 KINE
Mark Yamanaka, musician
Byron Yasui, UH Manoa music department

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