katja_r | 06/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoy the Traditional Hawaiian music on this CD. Originally released 26 June 1972, this superb remaster of "Young Hawaii Plays Old Hawaii" is album No. 1 for the group Hui Ohana, writes Mr Bill Murata in the liner notes. It is astounding to me to read that "none in the group has had any formal musical training. "We learned music Hawaiian style" -- from relatives at first then mostly self-taught. All three musicians are in their early twenties and at the begining of a musical career which continues more than thirty years after this album's release. Mr Dennis Pavao displays impressive vocal control on these songs, especially E LILIU E. Mr Nedward Kaapana plays a frimly planted bass in support of his twin brother, the now legendary Ledward Kaapana. Mr Led Kaapana already demonstrates an adept skill with hawaiian slack key guitar styles. If you are interested in the nascent stages of one of Hawaii's true living legends of their native music, this CD will interest you."
Alicia R. Marroquin | Seattle, WA United States | 06/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was #1 on the island of American Samoa in 1970's. It is the finest in true Polynesian sound. I have owned the album since the 70's and am grateful it is on CD. The songs are smooth and dreamy. I have never heard anyone hold a note so long as in Sweet Mokiana. I have traveled throughout Polynesia all my life and nothing is as pure and unforgettable as Hui O Hana. If you do not possess the spirit of Polynesia, Aloha, and Talofa in your soul and wish to have it, then listen to this.