Best of the Kahauanu Lake Trio, The - Vol. 1

Kahauanu Lake Trio

Copyright Year(s): 1992
Format: CD
Price: $0.00

Track List & Samples

(Tracks with sample are bold.)
  1. Pili Palua
  2. Wahine Hololio
  3. Pua Lililehua
  4. Pua Ahihi
  5. Lei Lokelani
  6. Hapa-Haole Hula Medley
  7. He Aloha No`o Honolulu
  8. Mi Nei
  9. A`oia
  10. Kuliaikanu`u
  11. Maile Lau Li`i Li`i
  12. Hawaiian Wedding Song

Album Notes

From the 1950s to the 80s, The Kahauanu Lake Trio stirred audiences with their jazz-infused, acoustic performances of Hawaiian music. Kahauanu Lake, with his imaginative use of `ukulele chords, his brother Tommy Lake on acoustic bass and Al Machida on guitar -- all three able to employ a falsetto and regular voice -- rarely sounded, or looked, less than perfect.

Although Kahauanu Lake played a mean left-handed `ukulele, he chose to strum rather than pluck, even when playing rhythm. Studying under Hawaiian authority Mary Kawena Pukui, Lake insisted on accurate pronunciation of Hawaiian words. "The Trio offered a different facet of Hawaiian music, an alternative to the backyard style of Gabby," says panelist Robert Cazimero. "They added a sophisticated kind of elegance that brought along with it the hula, and the marriage was so sublime."

Kahauanu Lake Trio is:

Al Machida
Kahauanu Lake
Tommy Lake

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