Stories regarding Molokai’s music scene

Play the Uke

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Molokai Arts Center News Release

Molokai Arts Center is pleased to announce that a weekly open house for ukulele practice will be held on Sundays at 1 p.m. beginning Sunday April 8. Bring your uke and music to strum and sing old and new favorites.

This kanikapila style get together will be hosted by April Torres. Afterwards, you may wish to attend the weekly concert by Na Ohana Hoaloha on the deck at Coffees of Hawaii from 3 to
5 p.m. The Essence of Ohana coffee shop is open on Sundays serving their famous Mocha Mamas as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and local food favorites such as saimin and spam musubi.…

Micah G Concert

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Micah G Concert

Molokai music lovers flooded the dance floor when Micah G and his six-piece band took the stage at Paddler’s on Saturday night. Guests danced and sang the night away to an eclectic mix of cover and original songs performed by the Lovers Rock Reggae artist, brought to the island by Molokai’s own Paulele Alcon and his promotion company, Hawaii’s Finest . Micah G celebrated the release of his second album, which will feature his new singles “Good Man” and “All for You,” as well as filmed his “Rude Boy Love” video. Molokai band Str8 Vibe’n also made a guest appearance at the concert.…

Micah G Coming to Molokai

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Micah G Coming to Molokai

Community Contributed

By Paulele Alcon

Molokai, I hope you ready for a night full of lover’s rock music. It’s going down this Saturday March 24 at the Official Micah G CD Release Celebration and “Rude Boy Love” music video shoot at Paddlers Inn, presented to you by Hawaii’s Finest. Get out your dancing shoes, favorite HI Finest shirt and get ready to represent Molokai in the Micah G and DJ Osna music video, which will be featured on a number of local TV shows and websites.

Micah G was one of the founders and lead singers of the band “The Next Generation.” In 2009, he released his debut solo album G Style that features hits such as “Take a Chance” and “Big City Love.” Then in the winter of 2011, Micah signed with Hawaii’s Finest Records and released his newest album “Feeling Good” featuring hit songs “Apple of My Eye,” “All for You” and “Good Man.” Micah’s songs have been consistently at the top of the local radio countdowns and on the playlist of fans around the world.…

Not Your Typical Instrument

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Not Your Typical Instrument

Community Contributed

By Kalei “Pumpkin” Moss

The typical instrument played on Molokai may be something like a guitar or ukulele, but students across the island are also playing something a little more classical – violin. For the past year, Bob Underwood, a teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary School, has been able to teach and share his love of music through the 21st Century grant program. Students at Kualapu`u Elementary are learning the fine art of playing violin and are doing very well at it.

The class is made up of students of varying ages beginning at first grade, and it is a combination of beginner and intermediate skill levels.…

Cyril Pahinui in Free Concert

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Ho`olupa News Release

Cyril Pahinui in Free Concert Ho`olupa News Release Cyril Pahinui and Friends provide an evening of free entertainment at Hula Shores at Hotel Molokai on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7pm. This free monthly music series is brought to you by Ho`olupa Hawaiian Culture Foundation.

Aloha Molokai Ohana

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Mahalo, for supporting our successful Purdy Ohana reunion fundraising concert.

We apologize to the fire and police department for the unexpected incident that occurred at our event.  If known, we would have not allowed such actions that caused an adverse experience to an otherwise beautiful affair.  Thanks to your quick response the episode was contained immediately.

Under the circumstance, however, we were blessed with good weather, awesome music, and wonderful camaraderie; and most importantly “no harm came to those that attended.”  Mahalo, Ke Akua for blessing us all.

Aloha Kammy & Tuddie Purdy

Lono’s Latest Inspirational Listening

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Lono’s Latest Inspirational Listening

Late afternoon light streams through the trees bathing Kalanianaole Hall with a soft glow. Standing near the stairway, the musician known as Lono stares skyward with slightly clasped hands held near his chest. From within his palms, a similar but intense light emanates and glows, as if mirroring that of the setting sun.

This is the album cover of Lono’s latest, “E Aloha E” – the sixth album in a series of Hawaiian music releases known as Old Style Hawaiian. True to the principals of the genre yet infused with Lono’s originality, “E Aloha E” is a no-brainer for fans of Hawaiian music.

For Lono followers, and those enraptured by Molokai, this album is essential – the continuation of an important journey in uncovering the spirit of Molokai and aloha. Most importantly, it is a living conduit to the ancestors of contemporary and historical Hawaiian culture, and the aumakua protectors of Molokai.

As is customary of Lono’s work, the album opens with the pahu drum beating like the slow rhythm of a heart. “Todd’s Work,” inspired by this writer, reflects Lono’s ability to traverse to the other side and translate it for the rest of us.

“Moku Kia Kahi,” or the “one-masted schooner,” has been performed by Hawaii greats including Gabby Pahinui, George Helm and Brothers Cazimero, among others. Here, Lono honors The Sunday Manoa; and anyone familiar with the group will recognize their influence on Lono’s work.

The theme of light shines in tracks “Ia ‘Oe E Ka La,” a song honoring King David Kalakaua, and “Po Anuenue Keia,” meaning “the night rainbow” and composed for dancing hula.

Lono also pays respect throughout the album to prominent Molokai figures and people who have inspired and touched his work. “Ku`u Papale,” or “my beloved lauhala hat,” tributes Aina Keawe and was inspired by her sister, Molokai’s late aunty Ku`ulei Perez. “Please oh please, bring Ho`ailona home,” tells of Molokai’s most beloved monk seal, KP2, and was inspired by Loretta Ritte. Track nine, “Ua Nani Molokai,” reflects Lono’s reverence for Molokai and the beloved kupuna who have influenced the artist’s musical career.

Lono is known for his powerful message-filled music and continues to deliver with both classic folktales and important issues. “Kalaipahoa” reminds us to makaala the greed for Molokai’s aina while the fifth track tells of Bokikumanumanu, dog god and protector of Makanalua. Visible from the air and the Kalaupapa lighthouse, the Bokikumanumanu heiau (stone temple) is the only one of its kind in the world.  The song was inspired by kumu hula John Kaimiakaua.

The musicality is far from overpowered by his crooning vocals and strong stories. Pensive chanting, bird calls, flutes and ukulele plucking bring the olelo to life in tracks “Manu Mana`o” and “Hawai`i Pono `I,” (my only lament is that the former is not at lease a minute longer). Lono also enhances the album with two slack key tracks, “Hanaikapono” and “Nanaikapono.”

“Owl’s Lullabye” is inspired by storyteller Kindy Sproat originally by Stan Jones. It is the perfect closer of the album and one of my favorites from Lono.

While the light on the cover of his album might seem to come directly from Lono’s hands, he is in fact exposing and releasing a light that has always existed. In this, his sixth album of the Old Style series, Lono truly succeeds in bringing life to the ancestors of Hawaiian music and culture. Maika`i no – good job indeed!

Sounds of Support

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Sounds of Support

Blending art, awareness and activism, I Aloha Molokai (IAM) hosted a sunset concert last weekend, seeking donations toward future IAM films and projects.

The organization also called for the people of Molokai to aloha their `aina, which they said would not include building industrial wind turbines.

Dozens of supporters turned out for the show, which featured IAM organizer Kanoho Helm and his band, the Anahaki Box Band, playing in the grassy area next to Kalele Bookstore. Many wore their newly purchased green IAM T-shirts, which are available at the bookstore for a $10 donation.

Part of the money raised will fund promotional films produced by award-winning documentarian PF Bentley, who already created two IAM films pro bono and has plans for several more. One of the films, called “I Aloha Molokai,” can be viewed on fundraising website, where Bentley has set a goal of raising $10,000 by Oct. 9 for future IAM projects.

The group’s T-shirt design is based around Kamakou’s Kupuwailani water source, known to be a healer for some, according to a mo`olelo passed out with the shirts. Kupuwailani literally means “heavenly water emerges from within,” stated the mo`olelo.

“Our kuleana is a vehicle to experience the sweetness of this sacred water, namely, the benefits that Molokai bestows for those who malama `aina,” the handout reads. IAM supporter Teri Waros said the symbolism of Kupuwailani reflects IAM’s stance of not only industrial wind turbines, but supporting the protection of the land.

Waros, who owns Kalele Bookstore, said community members may visit for educational information about large-scale wind farms, the proposals on Molokai, and other energy alternatives. They may also view Bentley’s films at the store.

“Nobody needs to be pressured, nobody needs to be scared,” she said, adding, “People have to do their homework … and make decisions. It’s our kuleana to make the right choices.”

Pili Pa`a

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Pili Pa`a

Heartfelt harmonies, fast-paced strings, peppy bass lines and something you can’t quite put your finger on? You’re probably listening to Pili Pa`a. The four-man local band mix traditional Hawaiian sounds with modern, unusual flavors hinting of reggae, rock and even country. Made up of members George Aiwohi (bass), Justin Avalino (ukulele), Joshua Adachi (guitar) and his son Jeremy Adachi (drums), Pili Pa`a’s friendly banter between songs will keep you laughing – if Joshua Adachi talks plans for a yard sale, be prepared for Aiwohi to ask how much his yard costs.

Three-fourths of Pili Pa`a talked story with the Dispatch last Tuesday between sets at Hotel Molokai, where they played songs about everything from surfing to women to food, and about places as close as Kalama`ula and as far away as Arkansas. (A plan for a song about Ranch Camp is on the way – they say they’re joking, but we’ll have to wait and see.)

The Molokai Dispatch (TMD): How long have you been playing together?

Joshua Adachi: We’ve been playing six or seven years. George and I used to play together, and we had group members interchanging. [A few years later] we put together a group to play a graduation party for Justin’s family in Alaska, and it kind of evolved to different things. We’re pretty versatile in our music.

Avalino: We could record someday but it would have to be our Top 12 or something, and we should have six originals on the CD.

TMD: Anything else you wanna say about playing on Molokai?

Avalino: Molokai got plenty talent.

Aiwohi: You gotta be confident, but we have fun too. The most important thing is having fun. If not, no sense play.

Bringing Home the Beats

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Bringing Home the Beats

Lopaka Colon has music in his blood. You could say it’s in his heartbeat.

The percussionist’s grandparents moved from Puerto Rico to Oahu in 1901, looking to make a better life working in sugarcane plantations. They gave birth to Augie Colon in 1928, and in 1955, Augie joined a four-man Honolulu band headed by Martin Denny, widely recognized as the father of exotica music. The pseudo-tropical genre is marked by jazz-based sounds over jungle rhythms, and was ushered into the mainstream by the group’s 1957 album – aptly titled Exotica.

tired from dancing.”