Kalapana Original recording reissued
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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.
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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Takes me back to my childhood in the islands. Now it's the perfect cd to listen to during rush hour on the mainland.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fast shipment and the music of Kalapana brings me back to early college days! Poignant, fun, beachy! Love 'em!Published 10 months ago by Knighthusband
Here's another gem from my past. Thank you Amazon, I thought I'd lost this music.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic Kalapana songs that I have not heard in years. So glad that I could still find it at a reasonable price. One of my all time favorite Hawaii bandsPublished 15 months ago by muzic kat