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Album NotesNa Palapalai`s fourth release, Nanea, is a gem. The soaring vocals and creative, innovative arrangements will make this one of your favorite CD's of the year.
Na Palapalai was formed in 1995 by original members Kehau Tamure and Kuana Torres Kahele in their hometown of Hilo, Hawaii. The duo were raised around traditional Hawaiian music and polished their skills playing local shows and backyard pa’inas. As the band evolved, new talent joined and left the duo including: Wailau Rider, Akoni Malacas and Keao Costa. All helped to form the 18 time nominated, 7 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning, Na Palapalai.
The band brings a raw energy and enthusiasm to traditional Hawaiian music rarely seen today. Makani ‘Olu’olu, the group’s 2003 debut album was applauded by critics and fans alike. They continue to receive praise for their ability to take traditional Hawaiian songs and magically rearrange and revive them for both young and old to appreciate today.
The group followed with two more acclaimed releases, Ke’ala Beauty and Ka Pua Hae Hawaii. All three albums have become veritable soundtracks for halau dancing hula worldwide. Valued for their original compositions and heavenly falsetto harmonies, the duo has made a significant contribution to the legacy of Hawaiian music.
Kuana and Kehau are trendsetters in leo ha’i ha’i, the Hawaiian falsetto sound and continue to deliver powerhouse performances worldwide.
Na Palapalai is:Kehau Tamure
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