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And the wonderful thing about any ki ho 'alu tune is how much it communicates, despite the lack of lyrics. "Ulapalakua Sunset", for example, paints a picture of forthcoming twilight from upcountry-with subtleties like gentle wind, rustling branches and take-off-the-shoes informality.
"Coconut Hat", the title cut, suggests a hat-maker weaving his fronds, then selling his wares to tourists-or perhaps a simple sunny day with the head shielded from the sun.
"Holoholo Helen Style" depicts a spunky auntie on her merry way-at least in his nimble guitar fingerings.
West says his influences were the likes of Gabby Pahinui,the Sunday Manoa and Sons of Hawaii-pioneers, indeed-and his embrace of slack key is reassuring evidence of its impact among those who play and perpetuate Island music.
For fellow slackers, West provides tuning notes in his liner, for the rest of us, a quick listen is a satisfying lesson in the art of strumming with slack tunings.
A tip of my coconut hat to West.
Kimo brings a bit of Hawaii to all of us.
His artistic and technical abilities on the Guitar are awe-inspiring.
You can really tell his love for ki ho'alu. Read more
Great CD. Pure slack key and very Hawaiian. Good for relaxation and dreams of the islands.Published on August 30, 2008 by Dolamyt
Received this cd last week and found the music so soothing and relaxing. Would recommend this cd as christmas, birthday present etc. Read morePublished on July 16, 2007 by Patricia A. Leneghan
This cd has quickly become one of my favorites. Without fail, everyone who hears it (or Slack Key West) in my car asks where they can pick up a copy. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by Starfish
I absolutely love this CD. Actually, I love all of Jim's CDs.
His music takes you right to the beaches of Hawaii. Read more