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|Darlene Ahuna's Notes
|It has been a few years since my last album. At the beginning of this musical journey, I was apprehensive and lacked the self-confidence to walk this new lifepath. As time went on, I found that I wasnt alone. Through the guidance of Heavenly Father, my Kupuna, and dear friends, who not only believed in me, but believed in the type of music that Daniel and I were about to create, my outlook on my music was renewed and strengthened. I found myself in love with music again. What a great feeling!
I invite you to take this journey with us - a journey filled with the warmest love for Hawaiian music.
He Hawaii Au. I am proud to be Hawaiian.
1. Aloha Pumehana
Amy Kuuleialoha Stillman & Daniel Ho (Daniel Ho Creations, ASCAP)
This song was written and presented as a wedding gift to Daniel and Lydia Ho. I hope that they continue to share that warm love expressed in this song to one another.
Hiilawe is one of many beautiful waterfalls on the island of Hawaii. The lyrics are intertwined with kaona depicting a young girls love affair and gossiping villagers.
3. Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
In 1998, I was featured on the PBS show, Na Mele, along with Kawai Cockett, one of Hawaiis most respected male vocalists. Uncle Kawai, as he was fondly referred to, performed this song with me. Uncle has since passed, but I will always hold close to my heart what we shared that day. Mahalo nui loa for your musical legacy.
4. I Love You Hilo
Amy Kekoolani Akau/Katherine Dambley
This heartfelt song describes all of Hilos charm and beauty. It musically takes you from the beautiful morning sunrise in Hilos eastern skies to the magical uplands of Waiakea Uka.
5. Pua O Ka Makahala
Katie Stevens Ii
This song was written when Mrs. Ii and her family resided in the uplands of Waimea on the island of Hawaii. Twining makahala shrubs grew along her driveway. The kaona speaks of a young lover who drifts away from a relationship tempted by riches. When the wealth disappeared, the trysts were all pau!
6. Pretty Red Hibiscus
John Noble and Ruby Wolf (Miller Music Corp)
This hapa haole song gives reference to the Hawaii state flower and was recorded by Aunty Genoa Keawe in her early years. Although Aunty Genoa is no longer with us, her spirit will live on through the lives she has touched and the music she has left us. Aunty, mahalo for the many years of beautiful Hawaiian music.
7. Nani Kauai
This is one of my favorite Kauai songs. It captures all of the treasures of Kauai, taking you to the beautiful Mount Waialeale down to the shores of Nohili. I would like to dedicate this song to the late Rosemary Aunty Rosie Bukoski. Mahalo for all of your great works and love. You truly lived Aloha. You are areal Kauai treasure. We miss you.
Myra Chartrand was one of the most giving people I know. Aunty Myra had the ability to make you feel important. Waiehu is a place on the island of Maui where she met a young man while on a church-sponsored outing. This song recalls the magical time spent there. Love you Aunty!
9. No Ke Aha
Mary Kawena Pukui/Maddy Lam (Criterion Music)
The beauty of a youthful woman has caught the eye of a gentleman.His attempts to woo her fail.
A ua too late oe e ke hoa - You are too late my friend.
10. Hilo One
A prominent young lady enjoys the attention of a local boy named Henry on the beautiful shores of Hilo Bay.
vocals, 12-string guitar
ukulele, bass, piano, recording, mixing, mastering
Lowell Edgar, Lee Anne Sako & Daniel Ho
Daniel plays YAMAHA guitars and KoAloha ukuleles.
Record Label: Daniel Ho Creations
Release Date: July 15, 2009
Heavenly Father ~ Daniel and Lydia Ho ~ Lani Alvarez ~ Lowell Edgar ~ Mackie, Pili and Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo ~ Lee Anne Sako ~ Doug Katsumoto ~ Sharyl Okamoto ~ Penny and Keawe Vredenburg ~ Chartrand, Akau and Dambley Ohana ~ Amy Kuuleialoha Stillman ~ Lance Duyao of Big Island Candies ~ Teri-Lei Napeahi and Hilo IHOP ~ Hawaiian music radio stations ~Iwalani Kalima and Halau Kou Lima Nani E
To all the Halau throughout the world that continue to support the Hawaiian culture through music and dance,
Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!