When you hear Lono sing and play a song, especially an original about Hawaii, ￼you sense his love, his aloha for his native aina. Lono was raised on Molokai, left as a young man to explore the other islands (Oahu, Maui) and the mainland, ￼doing many jobs but learning that music was the centre of his life. Lono is a ￼true artist, committed to the preservation of the Hawaiian cultural tradition.
Over the years he has produced about a dozen albums, all featuring his special ￼style on the ukulele and guitar, and many focussed on his original music of ￼Hawaii, especially Molokai. ￼In his early years his music was of the more popular variety, playing in various ￼music venues (clubs, hotels) and travelling the Hawaii and mainland circuit to￼ have his music heard. As a seasoned musician he returned to Molokai and ￼developed his own style of traditional Hawaiian music he calls Old Style."
He ￼now has eight Old Style albums and each carries his imprint on the beauty of ￼this land, especially Molokai. In the first of these albums, he played and sang a number of the well known songs of popular Hawaiian musicians and music (Johnny ￼Alemeda, Auntie Genoa). As this series of Old Style music continued over the years, he more and more wrote and sang about Molokai; it's people, it's aina, ￼it's stories. In these albums he sings both in Hawaiian and English, sometimes ￼a mixture of the languages. He writes and sings about night rainbows, ￼travelling rocks to build heiaus, waterfalls, all the winds that cradle the ￼island, special people who inhabit this land. If you are looking for a sweet ￼introduction to Molokai, these eight Old Style albums are for you.
And now we have the newest Lono: Old Style 8. This album with it's perfect ￼mixture of songs and instrumentals continues the music about Molokai, its land and its people, with the meles in both languages. And there is a special "gift" ￼at the end for all to share. The first song, "Simple Life" sets the tone for the ￼album, which presents the soft, sweet life of Molokai, the most Hawaiian of the ￼islands. All of the meles feature the touch and expertise of Lono's ukulele ￼and guitar, all have the beauty of Lono's writing, playing and singing. The CD ￼itself is exceptionally well produced - literally every note is done with care ￼and precision. In the last song about eagles, there is even a reference to Canada where he has many fans.
The "gift" in this album is a six-part, thirty minute story, or "Mo'olelo," about the history, myth, legend, of the world and eventually Molokai's place in ￼it, called "Mu to Molokai." This ancient story gives not only the history, but ￼the cultural roots of Molokai (Hawaii) which still applies to today's world. ￼From ancient cultural roots to modern time, this story is about a possible ￼history, but mainly it tells the way we all can learn to become good people, the ￼philosophy of aloha, the understanding of "pono," the path of righteousness.
With an open mind, this is a powerful story of Hawaiian truth and spirituality ￼and In Lono's telling, "pono" is the key. Whether history, myth, reality or ￼tradition, this is an amazing story.