The Hawaiian Legends

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Four of the most accomplished contemporary Hawaiian musicians teamed up, appropriately enough, as The Hawaiian Legends. The old adage of “the whole being greater than the sum of it’s parts” is no better exemplified here as the virtuosity and depth of feeling in their individual work becomes a rare and beautiful experience when they get together. Kuleana Music was fortunate and grateful to work with the Legends on several occasions for both live and recorded projects.

 

Nathan Aweau
Three time winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano for Male Vocalist of the Year, Nathan is also a virtuoso bassist who has performed with a host of leading artists in Hawai`i, including 7 years with Hapa and 16 years with The Aliis, the red hot backup band for Don Ho. In recognition of his instrumental talents, Nate has also won the Hoku for Jazz Album and in recognition of his composing prowess another for Contemporary Hawaiian. And he’s still young yet!

Ledward Kaapana
Widely considered one of the finest musicians Hawai`i has ever produced, Led is equally accomplished on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele as well as a powerful singer in both falsetto and baritone. From a famous musical family on the Big Island of Hawaii he proudly shares the traditions of Kalapana village with audiences around the world. He has received numerous awards, including the NEA Heritage Fellowship, America’s highest recognition for a traditional artist.

Mike Kaawa
Specializing in the12-string guitar, “The Hawaiian Boy” has been a much-in-demand musician, singer and composer for four decades. Like all four legends, Mike started performing at a young age. After a brief flirtation with rock and roll he committed himself to Hawaiian music, but has always described his style as Hawaiian with attitude. He has shared his robust playing and singing with a host of greats, such as Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale, Keli`i Taua, Chucky Boy Chock, Roland Cazimero, Na `Oiwi (with Dennis), The Native Hawaiian Band (with Led), The Sons of Hawaii and his own groups.

Rev. Dennis Kamakahi
Hailed as one of the finest composers Hawaii has ever produced, a three time Grammy Winner and a five time Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) recipient, Dennis has crafted 700 songs, including many standards in both Hawaiian and English. In addition to his songwriting, Dennis is a slack key guitar master, a warm, evocative singer and an accomplished storyteller with special interest in the monarchy era, na paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys), and Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest. In 2009, Dennis was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. Dennis passed in 2014 and will be sorely missed by all who he touched with his beautigul contributions to the world. His legacy lives on in his music, and we are grateful to have been able to play a part in bringing that to you.

2 thoughts on “The Hawaiian Legends

  1. Dear gentlemen,

    my name is Matthias. I’m living in South Germany at the Lake of Constance (near to the Austrian and Swiss alpes), 58 years old, married with Andrea.

    Andrea is learning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. She loves your music so much. She is for sure one of your biggest fans you have in the worlds.

    But…. We are living in Europe and you 4 on the Hawaiian Islands. So there is no chance to see and hear one of your fantastic concerts in Germany or in Europe, right?! May be we’ll visit Hawaii or Kauai in the next years again. We’ve visited three islands (Big Island, Kauai and Maui) in 2000. It was so wonderful there….

    Now our request to you: We wanna buy your live concert DVDs or CDs from 2012 and 2013, but we don’t know in which web shop or portal. Can you help us please? Please send us a link or more. Or its possible to buy those directly from you?

    It would be a great pleasure to get your music here in our home.

    Best regards from Germany

    Matthias

  2. My favorite four Kanaka musicians . None greater when this combination takes the stage. Mahalo Nui for this posting.

    Kaleolani F.

    musica gratis

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