by: Auntie Hanai Makuahine
Lono has done it again! In this new CD, HE MELE NEI, the 7th in his Old Style series, Lono continues his journey along the path of preserving Hawaii's traditional music, and once again we are blessed to travel that path with him. The reverence and passion that master musician Lono has for his music clearly comes through. As we accompany him while listening to O.S. VII, we are totally transfixed by his latest gift to us.
Lono is a dedicated artist . . . dedicated to his music . . . dedicated to maintaining the Hawaiian way . . . dedicated to showing respect and aloha for the kupuna who have greatly influenced his life and his music . . . dedicated to preserving both vocally and instrumentally the Hawaiian heritage of aumakua, and legends and stories of Hawaiian culture. His aloha for the kupuna is especially evident in the song, HE MELE HO'OMANA'O.
Lono's inspiration for his Old Style series comes from his roots in Hawaiian music. From his mother gathering the keiki to listen to music and sing the songs, through his growing up years on Molokai, Lono was listening to and absorbing the music of the Hawaiian greats who came before him. Through his love and passion for all things Hawaiian he is now transforming their messages into contemporary renditions of the traditional music. Kindy Sproat, for example, inspired the music of PULUPE NEI ILI I KE ANU and of OLU O PU'ULANI heard on this CD.
It is no surprise with Lono's amazing talent and versatility that his music provides a remarkable range, based on his exceptional voice as well as his incredible instrumentals.
The vastness of Molokai's music - Lono's music - is a most beautiful expression of the human spirit. The magic he works with his fingers as he shares his musical gifts with us, is to be forever treasured. The instrumentals of ODE TO JAKE, E HO'I MAI, and ALOHA KAKOU show us not only Lono's dexterity in playing, but also his heart felt energy.
Once again, through his stories both vocal and instrumental, Lono has brought to life the ancient Hawaiian culture, its music, its people, and its aloha for all.
Mahalo Lono, this music, truly coming from your heart, is an inspiration forall.
Everyone should have this CD - all who appreciate Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture must have it . . . locals and malihini alike. This CD, the 7th in Lono's Old Style series, all of which have been recorded, mixed and mastered, and produced by Lono here on island, is an authentic Molokai product.
Aloha Moloka'i, Auntie Hanai Makuahine.