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For a Native Hawaiian, the journey into the Wao Akua is a reflection of one’s work as a kanaka, where we rise above the everyday life of working, living, and surviving, into the extraordinary, spiritual world of the Gods.
These solo instrumentals are the embodiment of my life’s journey through Hawaiian slack key guitar music. They include some family classics as well as newly composed melodies inspired from my recent trek through a Hawaiian forest.
Just as there are different layers in the forest: the ground cover, ferns and bushes, understory, and canopy; these songs, too, are representative of the various layers of my musical life. Whenever I play an instrumental “background music” gig, I often drift into a zone of reflection that flows into a spiritual realm where I hope the listener can follow.
This CD is meant to delight and to instill a sense of peace, harmony, and lokahi (unity) for the sounds and the silence found within the Wao Akua, the Forest of the Gods.
I wish to thank my family and friends for all their love and support over the years. Thank you, Akua, for this family and the many blessings that have come my way.
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