The Hawaiian Legends Concert DVD

For two nights in late September 2011, four living legends of Hawaiian music came together for an exquisite performance. Each individual artist is extremely talented and accomplished in his own right, the combination of all four sharing the same stage was as rare as it is extraordinary.

Hawaiian Legends dvd

The resulting DVD is terrific too. Technically the videography is excellent. Nineteen tracks were recorded and mixed by fine professionals who achieved audiophile quality. The producers threw in a few interviews as an introduction to the Hawaiian Legends and then let them roll. As one woman said after the concert, “The sun just opened up in my head!”

The life of a professional musician is full of travel, and unless you’re lucky enough to live in a town with plenty of solid, steady gigs, you can expect to spend a lot of time on the road.

This has been true of professional Hawaiian musicians since at least the early 20th Century and it is still true, which brings us to the irony that it is often easier to catch a concert on the West Coast than in Honolulu these days. Appropriate then that this amazing combination of kanikapila  kings was filmed in Seattle.

Led Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Nathan Auweau and Mike Kaawa played two magical, sold-out nights at the Triple Door, organized by the seemingly inexhaustible Ken Levine.  Realizing what riches he had on stage, Ken managed somehow to scare up a film crew and a recording rig. On a very limited budget and with very limited time, he captured a nice bit of the magic that happens when leading Hawaiian musicians get together. There are set pieces, well rehearsed and reflective of the solo gigs, and then there are the joyful go-for-broke jams when all four sit down together with a common repertoire and decidedly uncommon talents.

This was a precious event for everyone involved. We owe the artists and their families  a huge debt of gratitude for letting us share it with the big, wide wonderful world.

Track Listing:

  • 1. E Apo Mai — To Cherish 3:16
    Nathan Aweau
  • 2. Latitu 2:23
    Traditional
  • 3. Akaka Falls 3:51
    Helen Lindsey, re -Harry Fox Agency
  • 4. Kalama 3:15
    Words & Music by: Rev. Dennis DK Kamakahi ASCA Naukil Publishing Company, ASCAP
  • 5. Far Away 6:25
    Words & Music by: Rev. Dennis DK Kamakahi ASCA Naukil Publishing Company, ASCAP
  • 6. Wahine ‘Ilikea 5:05
    Words & Music by: Rev. Dennis DK Kamakahi ASCA Naukil Publishing Company, ASCAP
  • 7. Opelu 4:40
    written by Eugene Kaupiko
  • 8. Opihi Moemoe 4:40
    Leonard Kwan
  • 9. E ku `u Morning Dew 4:37
    words by Larry Kimura, music by Eddie Kamae
  • 10. LND Slack Key 4:07
    Led, Ned & Dennis Pavao
  • 11. Killing Me Softly 4:59
    Gimbel & Fox
  • 12. No Ke Ano Ahiahi 6:51
    Traditional
  • 13. Holoholo Ka`a 5:22
    Clarence Kinney
  • 14. Ku`u Lei Awapuhi 3:32
    Emily Taylor
  • 15. Ku`u Pete 5:00
    Irmgard Aluli, Mary Pukui
  • 16. My Maui Mountain Home 5:22
    Words & Music by: Rev. Dennis DK Kamakahi ASCA Naukil Publishing Company, ASCAP
  • 17. Mauna Loa Slack Key 3:44
    composed by Fred Punahoa
  • 18. Whee ha! Swing 8:49
    Sonny Chillingsworth
  • 19. Kōkee4:45
    Words & Music by: Rev. Dennis DK Kamakahi ASCA Naukil Publishing Company, ASCAP
  • 20. Hawaii Aloha 3:46
    Rev. Lorenzo Lyons

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4 thoughts on “The Hawaiian Legends Concert DVD

  1. DVD The Hawaiian Legends. I am in Canada and the website will not allow me to purchase. Where can I buy this DVD.

  2. Awesome talented Hawaiian legends.
    I love every single song.

    The Hawaiian music is about the only music
    that has ever been recorded that really
    softens your Heart and just mellows a
    human being.
    God bless all Hawaiians.

    With humble gratitude’s,
    Gerhard

  3. The Hawaiian Legends DVD is ecstatic!!! The creativity and feeling of the indescribable aloha spirit is off the charts……

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