The theme of this year’s Aloha Festivals, Na Paniolo Nui O Hawai‘i (The Great Cowboys Of Hawai‘i), is particularly fitting since it was the paniolo who inspired the distinctly Hawaiian musical style. This CD, the seventh in the series, pays tribute to the enormous contribution paniolos have made to Hawai‘i’s musical and cultural landscape. Hula Records is pleased to play a part in the perpetuation of this unique musical expression and salutes the Aloha Festivals’ 60th anniversary.

"Aloha Festivals Falsetto Contest Winners, Volume 7"  features the 2005 contest winners – the Big Island’s Benson Kam (Hawai‘i Island), Ni‘ihau’s Ronnie Kaohelaulii (Kaua‘i), Japan’s Hiroshi Okada (Maui), and from New Jersey, Bill Wynne (O‘ahu). The CD includes a bonus track by Kalei Bridges, the first winner of the original Aloha Festivals Storytelling and Falsetto Singing Contest, begun by the Big Island’s Clyde “Kindy” Sproat.  The CD is dedicated “Uncle Kindy.”

The 12-panel folder includes information about each singer and features the story of Kohala paniolo, David Fuertes, who is perpetuating the art of Hawaiian saddle making (noho lio) and mentoring the youth of his community.

Album Tracks:

(press play to hear samples)

  1. Ku'u Ipo Ku'u Aloha Poina 'Ole (Bill Wynne)
  2. 'Ulupalakua (Ronnie Kaohelaulii)
  3. He Nani Helena (Hiroshi Okada)
  4. Kumu 'Ohi'a (Benson Kam)
  5. Hu'ehu'e (Bill Wynne)
  6. Aloha Ka'eo (Ronnie Kaohelaulii)
  7. Noho Paipai (Hiroshi Okada)
  8. He Aloha No 'O Honolulu (Benson Kam)
  9. Kimo Hula (Hiroshi Okada)
  10. Kawaihae Hula (Bill Wynne)
  11. None Hula (Benson Kam)
  12. Kaulana Ni'ihau (Ronnie Kaohelaulii)
  13. Hawaiian Cowboy (Kalei Bridges)

Item CodeAloha Fest Falsetto Winners, Vol. VII
Price$12.95 EA
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