These are beautiful recordings of classic Hula songs played and sung by Slack Key guitar master George Kahumoku. He is accompanied wonderfully on sparkling ukulele by Daniel Ho. This is true and deep Hawaiian music, and there is an abundance of sweet songs, as well as many other moods.
– George Winston
Sunday, June 20, 2004
ISLAND SOUNDS by Wayne Harada
Distinguishing notes: Kahumoku and Ho are becoming stunning collaborators; the former is a singer-guitarist with deep affection for themes Hawaiian; the latter is an accomplished guitarist who provides ‘ukulele accompaniment. The fare is no-frills essentials: “Lovely Hula Hands,” “Laupahoehoe Hula,” “E Huli Makou,” “Papalina Lahi Lahi,” “Kawika,” “Royal Hawaiian Hotel.” Beautifully and lovingly interpreted with uncluttered arrangements that suit the novice hula pupil.
The outlook: A natural companion to the earlier volume of hula hits.
Our take: Clearly, this is one for the hula population — but anyone with an appreciation for classic hula songs will find it a gem.