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The Descendants
The Descendants
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maika'i No! The Very best in traditional Hawaiian music., December 9, 2011
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The film was enhanced so much by the proper selection and use of this beautiful traditional Hawaiian music. There are many beautiful instrumentals played in the amazing slack key (ki ho'alu) style that is so unique and quintessentially Hawaiian. The music is sweet and pleasant and sounds so nice to the ears (nahenahe). Keep in mind, though, that most the instrumentals represent songs (mele) that have words and tell a story that really are quite appropriate to the timing used in the scenes of the film. The vocal selections in Hawaiian language showcase the beautiful poetry of an almost lost language, the beautiful 'olelo Hawai'i. The words tell important stories, envoke emotions, speak of loves both of people and of the land ('aina). Without this soundtrack, the film would have been just another movie. With this soundtrack, the film is elevated. Please listen to the samples and buy this soundtrack. Then explore other Hawaiian music. You will not be sorry. There are untold riches to be discovered. Start with Gabby Pahinui, then go on to his sons Cyril, Martin and Bla. Check out Uncle Raymond Kane and Uncle Sonny Chillingworth -- they are all masters of slack key guitar. Check out Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, the next generation of slack key masters who came after Gabby, Sonny & Raymond. Dennis Kamakahi is considered the premier song writer (haku mele) of modern Hawai'i though his songs are quite traditional in feel. Slack key master Keola Beamer has mesmerized many people by his guitar stylings and his Aloha Music Camps have told untold people how to play slack key, an art which was close to being lost because of unwillingness of many older musicians to share their family secret (kapu) tunings. Modern slack key master and kumu (teacher) Ozzie Kotani will amaze you with the beauty and soul of his slack key instrumentals. Indeed, anyone on this soundtrack is there because they have the bonafides.
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Big Mouth Toys Inflatabuffet Portable/Inflatable Buffet and Salad Bar, White
Big Mouth Toys Inflatabuffet Portable/Inflatable Buffet and Salad Bar, White
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, its OK, July 6, 2011
It seemed like a better idea than it turned out to be in all practicality. The primary purpose, of course, was to keep cold things cold. That it did very well. It was hard to blow up and as other reviews stated, it is a real pain to drain. There is no drain tube, so it had to be scooped by hand. If you are outside, no problem, just dump the water on your plants. Inside, though, you have to be careful when scooping the water. Another problem is that it takes up valuable buffet space. It certainly uses more table space than you would use without this gadget. Bottom line: it is handy and does keep your cold food safe, but it is very inconvenient to drain.
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by Pali Jae Lee
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to live your life, October 17, 2007
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This book not only gives plenty of history of Hawai`i, and Moloka`i specifically, but it teaches you how to live your life as it should be lived. With aloha, with unconditional love. It teaches respect for the `aina, respect for the moana, respect for kupuna, respect for the keiki, respect for ke akua, for all people and all things. And, more importantly, it teaches respect for your own self.

This book shows how to be what we all should aspire to...pono.

Must reading for EVERYONE.

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