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Kalapana Original recording reissued

4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Going Going Gone
  2. The Hurt
  3. Nightbird
  4. What Do I Do
  5. To Be True
  6. When The Morning Comes
  7. Naturally
  8. All I Want
  9. Kona Daze
  10. You Make It Hard
  11. Everything Is Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Punahele Productions
  • ASIN: B0000019TU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I can't think of many albums that have given me as much pleasure as this one has. Although it was released 30 years ago, this debut album from Kalapana still sounds fresher and more engaging than most -- if not all -- the listless pop/soft-rock albums released these days.

Led by the considerable songwriting talents of Malani Bilyeu and the late Mackey Feary, Kalapana emerged as one of the most popular bands on the Hawaii music scene in the 1970s. Blending a relaxed and easy-going local spirit with an infectious pop sensibility and pitch perfect harmonies, the band produced a steady stream of local radio hits and a debut album that still stands as one of the best of the 70's.

"Naturally," a wistful and moving song about hangliding, became their signature tune, but just as good are the simple but beautifully crafted "Nightbird," the catchy if regretful "The Hurt," and "When the Morning Comes" -- a revamped and re-energized version of a forgotten Hall and Oates' song that remains one of the greatest cover tunes in music history.

The album "Kalapana" is neither earth-shattering nor groundbreaking and certainly not for anyone looking for traditional Hawaiian music. Nope, this is just a clean-sounding, good-natured, and superbly crafted soft-rock/pop masterwork put together by four talented musicians whose youthful exuberance and energy capture the sun-splashed spirit of the islands on every impressive track.
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I believe this was the group's first album. It was originally released in the 70's but the every song still holds up today. If you like tight harmonies, and the sound of acoustic guitars, you will like this album. The lyrics of each song touch upon love or heartbreak experienced on the islands.
Although the group is from Hawaii, I don't know if you could categorize this album as Hawaiian music. There are no traces of a ukelele. Instead, imagine going into a local bar and sitting down with a mug of your favorite brew. A band, dressed casually, goes up on stage and starts playing... and suddenly, you are in paradise.
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This is a great CD. Made a special mix with some of their tunes for a good friend who loves them! The CD came wrapped new and it played perfectly. Nice to have without the scratches from my college days.
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I watched these guys record some of this album as a teenager and still love their music (now that I'm 40). Great music that spans the years. Not too loud, not too soft...just right for everyday life. So glad to find it on CD!
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If you lived in Hawaii in the seventies you must have this album! I have the original album that was autographed by them when I went to see them in concert at Konawaena Gymnasium way back when. It is still one of my favorites to listen to on my Ipod!
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Cecilio & Kapono and Kalapana are an important part of modern Hawaiian music. Their music is a staple in the Hawaiian music lover's collection. As a child on Maui, I heard all their music and grew to love them, their sounds. A few of those two group's finest songs include: I Love You, Moon and Stars, Sailing, Naturally, The Hurt, For You I'd Chase a Rainbow and About You. Grab a P.O.G.(passion fruit, orange, guava drink), don your swim suit, sun glasses and play this music while you read Maui on My Mind (also available through Amazon.com). You will be in heaven!
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I went to school in Hawaii for a semester in 1976 and this was the big album in the Islands. I bought an LP and brought it back with me but it is long gone the way of other LPs. I ran into an old cassette tape of Kalapana a few months ago and it was like being back in the Islands and younger days. I remembered all the songs and all the words. I had to have this CD! I love the tight harmonies and rhythms of the group. I am kind of surprised how "new age" it sounds considering we had never heard of new age 35 years ago! This is a great album, easy to listen to and even fun to sing along with.
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I first ran across this group when I was stationed on Hawaii. There were quite a few groups that I had never heard of and Kalapana was one of those, but I soon was listening to their music whenever I could. Really worth your time. Great album.
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