Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One of Jake Shimabukura's Ukulele Understudies?

I am not sure where this boy is, but in digging through my old posts to find stuff on our Maui Body and Soil Health Conference in Jan. 2011, (, I came across this youtube clip and just had to put it up, if for no other reason than to inspire some Uke players.

It's all good, as long as we have fun!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Collection of Just Hula Honey Songs!

Even Maui's Honey Bees are Jealous of How Sweet the Hula Honeys are.

Robyn Kneubuhl and Ginger Johnson's voices are indeed as sweet as Sugar Cane, mangoes and Lilikoi, while being as warm as the summer's rain. Words that they capture in one of their many fine songs. 

Along with Bassist Jonathan Drechsler, they captivate Maui audiences over and over again with their blends of Vintage Hawaiian/Haole Songs and peppered sweetly with Jazz classics.

Personally, I love the when they bring back some of the best of the music from the earlier days when the islands transportation was centered around ships and life was slowed down a bit. People took more time to enjoy the finer things in life. It was a very romantic era in Hawaii's history, and the Hula Honeys always mange to bring that feeling to the present day.

And with that, here are some of their songs I recorded at our annual free festival celebrating the Ukulele and many talented people like Robyn and Ginger of the Hula Honeys.

Monday, December 6, 2010

They're baaack, for some more Hawaiian Moo Moo!

It's true, the Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band tour all over, but just can't get Maui off their minds, nor can Maui get them off our minds.

Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band with Xander, Orion, Justin and Matt, as well as Steve Sargenti sitting in, caused a regular stampede at Stella Blues on Saturday December 4th, 2010. They have been coming back and forth to Maui for three years now and it's becoming their main home that they can't leave for long.

While Stella Blues was the kick off to their shows in Hawaii, they only have a few scheduled folks, so you better get down and listen to them either at Casanova's Friday Night December 10th, 2010 next. they will be around for a little while, but don't put it off. You snooze, you lose. No one can snooze around their high energy.

Here are a few clips from their Stella Blues show.

Aloha and Welcome to my first post on Magic Maui Music

As a video, photography, music and web enthusiast, I have been doing all four and have not found a venue online that was just right to match the feel for my music related video and photography, that also would allow me ample room to review, discuss or just ramble on about the musicians and the music scene in general.

Living and growing up on Maui in Hawaii, I have been exposed to Hawaiian music from the backyard kanekapila, research Hawaiian music back to original recordings, present day, as well as it's altered state it has become as of late.

While I do love Hawaiian Music, I also love many or types, and am drawn to music rooted in cultural beginnings. All music is based on some culture new or old, but the music based on older cultures or tied closely to it, has seemed the most interesting and educational to me. It is intriguing to me to watch how modern day versions of a song have varied from their original version or even come back to it.

With this in mind, I am going to end this post with a fairly recent legend in Hawaiian music, while it it not old music or really nnew music, it is always unique music. Brother Willie Kahaialii, also known as Willie K, played unexpectantly, at least to me, at one of the Maui Agricultural Fests and I was in front of the stage eating at the time. My only regret it that I left my other memory cards in the car and missed some of his songs, including running out of space at the end of his opera rendition, please forgive me Willie and all that watch this. I have invested in many more memory cards since and have an ample supply and a video camera on hand now.

Willie K can do most any kind of music and probably invented many styles himself. His opera renditions done to his ukulele playing is fantastic. Well here is some, you can decide.