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
Friday, August 6, 2004
Honolulu Star Bulletin
Island Mele by John Berger…
Yes, this is the third volume by slack key master George Kahumoku Jr. and Daniel Ho in the last five months. Although all of this music may have come from one marathon recording session, all that matters is that more of Kahumoku’s exquisite music is available. Ho, who produced the project for his Los Angeles-based record label, adds unobtrusive support on ukulele but never intruded on Kahumoku’s superb guitar and vocal work.
The emphasis is on modern Hawaiian songs such as “Wahine ‘Ilikea” and “Pua Lililehua,” with the addition of hapa-haole tunes “Hawaiian Hula Eyes” and “Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.” Erudite liner notes enhance the listening experience with important cultural information.