Dear Read­er­s, as I write this I am sit­ting near the blue Pa­cif­ic in a place called Napili on the is­land of Maui. When I post this, it will be from Van­cou­ver on the morn­ing af­ter this Pa­cif­ic ex­pe­di­tion. Moana Chimes is Hawai’ian mu­sic, per­formed by Led­ward Ka­panaa and Bob Broz­man. It swings soft­ly and com­plex­ly and yeah, sounds like Hawai’i feel­s.

When you’re in the Pa­cif­ic North­west and it gets to be March, schoolkids have a Spring Break and af­ter six months of short grey days and long wet night­s, Maui gets aw­ful­ly ap­peal­ing, and is one six-hour plane ride away. So this isn’t the first time we’ve been here, nor the sec­ond nor third ei­ther.

Kīkā Kila Meets Kī Hō\'alu

Moana Chimes is off a record called Kīkā Ki­la Meets Kī Hō'alu, which I can’t rec­om­mend enough. Here’s the list­ing at the charm­ing Danc­ing Cat Records site. The genre is called Slack-key gui­tar, and this al­bum is all two-acoustic-guitar in­stru­men­tals with Led­ward and Bob, ev­ery one of them great.

It’s prob­a­bly worth men­tion­ing that when you lis­ten to the ra­dio in Hawai’i, slack-key isn’t what young peo­ple are lis­ten­ing to or play­ing; stray away from main­stream pop and it seems like ev­ery­thing has a reg­gae fla­vor. Is there a uni­ver­sal warm-island mu­si­cal cul­ture break­ing out? But any­how, I love me some slack-key.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. Here’s live video from a slack-key work­shop, great fun be­cause you can see how they pro­duce those sounds and make them fit to­geth­er.


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