Aloha Keauhou SINGLE

Kenneth Makuakane & Keola Donaghy

Copyright Year(s): 2012
Format: CD
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Track List & Samples

(Tracks with sample are bold.)
  1. Aloha Keauhou

Album Notes

From Keola's blog:

Kenneth and I were asked to compose a new mele for Keauhou, Ka‘u, on Hawai‘i island. This is a different area than Keauhou, Kona. It is situated just on the border between Ka‘u and Puna, on the Ka‘u side of the entrance to Volcanoes National Park. I was aware of the place, but had no idea of the work that Kamehameha Schools is engaged in there.

Previously, large sections of the ahupua‘a were covered with koa trees. Many years ago, many of the koa trees were felled, and subsequently much of the land was leased for grazing. The school later bought back the leases and began reforestation efforts.

The mele essentially documented the day of our first impressions, our experiences, and our hopes for Keauhou. As the group I traveled with moved through the ahupua‘a, we were followed by ‘io (hawks) that watched our every move. When cautiously entered the Kilauea Forest Preserve (an area that escaped deforestation and remains a pristine habitat), we were observed by the ‘elepaio birds of the forest. I watch as one flew by me and missed my head by only about a foot. All of these experiences became part of the mele “Aloha Keauhou”.

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