Poina `Ole `Ia
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Album NotesGary's new CD is a reflection of his diverse singing styles and interests. From traditional Hawaiian mele to Broadway tunes, songs old and new, Gary delivers his heart-stopping renditions that are sure to please.
The title track "Poina 'Ole 'Ia" is Gary's rendition of "Unforgettable," a song made popular by Nat "King" Cole and memorialized by his daughter Natalie Cole many years later. This song, done by Gary in both Hawaiian and English, features a translation done in 1993 by Aunty Malia Craver.
Regarding the translation, Aunty Malia says, "As you know that most of the haole songs and its terms we do not have in Hawaiian, neither do we think poetically alike. As a result, it's difficult to translate them." The translation is Aunty Malia's best effort in trying to make sense of the song in Hawaiian.
The liner notes by Lynn Cook include Gary's personal comments about why he selected each song on his CD. The selections include a duet with his neice, Pomaika'i Keawe Lyman, and a guest appearance by his brother, Eric Keawe, singing one of their mother's favorite songs. Backing Gary up on the CD are Alan Akaka and Patrick "Kaipo" Asing.
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