Album: Ke Kolu - Featuring Tina Kaapana
CD Id: SLCD-7012
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||Kanaka Wai Wai
||Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi
||My Lovely Flower
||Pauoa Liko Lehua
||O Kalena Kai
||God Bless My Daddy/Mom
||Wai O Ke Ani Ani
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Meet Mama Ohana — Regina "Mama Tina" Kaapana, mother of twins Nedward and Ledward Kaapana, of Hui Ohana.
This is her debut album. "We've sung many times as a family," she says of performing with her talented sons. "But this is my first time doing an album." She joins the Kaapana boys and their cousin, Dennis Pavao, in a unique family affair. Papa Ohana would've done this session, too, since the Kaapana boys wanted to wax one with their folks. But he passed on before the LP could be recorded, leaving the mission to Mama.
Singing, she says, has always been a part of the family. "It's in us all. My parents, my grandparents. Now, my children. We're all musicians." Nedward and Ledward are only two of her 10 children. And they're the only ones — so far — on records.
Mrs. Kaapana's late husband, George, wrote one of the six songs she sings here. The Hui offers a couple of new tunes, too — like two by the late George Huddy, "Hui Ohana" and "Waiakanaio." Obviously, the former was written expressly for Hui Ohana.
Again, the Hui offers succinct renderings of a by-gone Hawaii: slack-key guitarmanship, falsetto singing, intricate vocal blends. And this time, Mama Ghana joins them.
Is she eager to pursue a recording career of her own?
"Not really," she says, "I still sing at parties at home (Kalapana, on the Big Island). I'll leave records to the boys."
She's heard on one side of this, the third Hui Ohana album. But Hawaiian style, she may be beckoned for more. As locals put it: "Hana hou." One more time, maybe?