Music

Stories regarding Molokai’s music scene

Songs of Praise

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Songs of Praise

Hundreds gathered to share in the third annual Molokai Summer Praise Concert, held at Kaunakakai Ball Field on Friday. The concert featured four musical groups from off-island, including 2010 Na Hoku Award winners Barrett and Tara Awai.

The event, put on by a committee comprised of seven different churches on Molokai, was a free event for families, and offered free food, music and games for keiki.

“It’s a no-strings-attached event and it’s for our whole island,” said Pastor Randy Manley of Molokai Baptist Church. “We’re excited to be able to bless our community like this and see it grow every year.”

Barrett and Tara Awai said they “would not miss this for the world.” They performed at the Molokai Praise Concert last year and enjoyed the experience so much they felt compelled to come again.…

Not-so-Common Kings

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Not-so-Common Kings

Common Kings got the crowd buzzing with their royal talents Friday night at Paddlers Inn. The California-based pop/reggae band performed covers of well-known favorites from names like Michael Jackson, as well as original songs like “Alcoholic” and “Wade in Your Water.” The band was brought to the island by Hawaii’s Finest.…

Molokai Throwback Jam

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Molokai Throwback Jam

Community Contributed

By Paulele Alcon

Molokai, I hope you’re ready for the biggest and most anticipated show to ever hit the Friendly Isle. This Thursday, HI Finest Clothing presents the Molokai Throwback Jam 2012 Featuring Fiji, The Mana’o Company and Bruddah Waltah. Molokai has seen some pretty big shows over the years, but nothing quite like this one. It’s been years since these local music pioneers blessed our island with their music, and they are all going to be performing together on one stage in one night.

Fiji, The Mana`o Company and Bruddah Waltah all share multiple Na Hoku Awards, been in the business for over 20 years each, sold out shows all over the world, and all share a common love for Molokai.…

Rockin’ It Out

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Rockin’ It Out

Community Contributed

By Kalei “Pumpkin” Moss

On most days after school on the Kaunakakai Elementary School campus, sounds of a music band can be heard in the air. If you listen to the music you may think it was a “professional” band, but if you were to take a look, you would see that the bands are made up of various school age students. The 21st Century grant program is offering the School of Rock, band classes that teach students how to play various instruments and how to play different modern songs.

There are two different School of Rock groups – the elementary group made up of students in grades four through six, and a middle school age group.…

Celebrating Song: Raiatea Helm

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Celebrating Song: Raiatea Helm

Nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year, Island Music Album of the Year, Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Graphics Award

Album name: “Sea of Love”

The Molokai Dispatch (TMD): Tell us a little about this album.
Raiatea Helm (RH): This album is my sixth project, and it covers the era of 1950s and 60s Hawaiian music. A lot of people aren’t familiar with this type of music, which consists of jazz guitar and percussion. It’s more of a fun sound that I wanted to feature in this album. Eighty percent of this CD was recorded in a live setting so we could capture the feel they had 50 years ago.…

Celebrating Song: Kanohowailuku Helm

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Celebrating Song: Kanohowailuku Helm

Nominations: Contemporary Album of the Year

Album name: “Contagious”

The Molokai Dispatch (TMD): Tell us a little about this album.
Kanoho Helm (KH): It’s all original music that I wrote, and I’ve always wanted to put out an album of my own music. This is my first full-length album – there are 12 tracks – so hopefully there is more to come.

TMD: Was being nominated for a Na Hoku Award one of your goals?
KH: I’m actually surprised I made the nomination because I didn’t put much time into promotion because I had so much kuleana come up in my personal life and being a part of I Aloha Molokai [group against commercial wind energy], I just didn’t have time.…

Celebrating Song: Eddie Tanaka

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Celebrating Song: Eddie Tanaka

Nominations: Island Music Album of the Year
Album name: “Mystical Molokai”

The Molokai Dispatch (TMD): Tell us a little about this album.
Eddie Tanaka (ET): There are seven original songs and four covers, and a lot of the songs are written for Molokai or have some relation to Molokai. It is basically easy listening music. It was written more or less to remember a place –for people who came to Molokai and went back home, the music would bring them back, which is what I wanted to do. It is something to remember in the future.

TMD: What does this nomination mean to you?…

Celebrating Song

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Celebrating Song

Three Molokai musicians get Na Hoku nominations.

The Friendly Island will be well represented at the 35th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The Awards Show, hosted by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA), is an annual event held to celebrate “the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha,” according to their website.

This year’s awards span 27 categories, and artists must submit their work to HARA’s Board of Governors in advance to be considered for nominations. Molokai natives Raiatea Helm, Eddie Tanaka and Kanoho Helm have each qualified as finalists in various categories in this year’s nominations, from Island Music Album of the year to Favorite Entertainer.…

John Keawe Slack Key Clip

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Award-winning slack key guitarist John Keawe played at the Molokai Public Library for National Library Week. If you missed the show, here’s a clip.…

Celebrate National Library Week

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

 Hawaii State Public Library System News Release

Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to find a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at your library. Help us celebrate this year’s National Library Week from April 8-14 with a series of programs around the state, and on Molokai.

John Keawe, a self-taught slack-key guitarist, is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano and Hawaii Music Awards recipient and a contributing artist on Hawaii’s first Grammy winner, “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2″ (2005). Keawe will offer a tribute to the slack key style and include selections from the music of Raymond Kane, Leonard Quan, and others, in addition to presenting his original compositions, at the Molokai Public Library on April 11 at 3 p.m.…