Hawaiian War Chant Hula at Tiki's Kaua I Ka Huahua`i - Ta Hu Wa Hu Wai

Malu Productions performs the Hawaiian War Chant at Tiki's Grill & Bar. They are using Hawaiian Uli Uli Feather Rattles Hula Dance Implements made from calabash gourd, filled with seeds, decorated with feathers. 

Tiki's features live music 7 days a week. Full musical Line up can be found at www.tikisgrill.com

"Hawaiian War Chant" was an American popular song whose original melody and lyrics were written in the 1860s by Prince Leleiohoku.[1] The original title of the song was Kāua I Ka Huahuaʻi or "We Two in the Spray." It was not written as a chant, and the Hawaiian lyrics describe a clandestine meeting between two lovers, not a battle. The English title therefore has nothing to do with the song as it was originally written and performed in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian lyrics are unusual because they are often written with the letter "T" appearing where a "K" would be expected by many modern readers. However, the spelling reflects an older accent which is preserved to a large degree in the more northern islands, such as Niʻihau and Kauaʻi. Ta Hu Wa Hu Wai


Kaua I Ka Huahua`i - by Prince Leleiôhoku

Kâua i ka huahua`i
E `uhene lâ i pili ko`olua
Pukuku`i lua i ke ko`eko`e
Hanu lipo o ka palai

Auwê ka hua`i lâ

`Auhea wale ana `oe
E ka`u mea e li`a nei
Mai hô`apa`apa mai `oe
O loa`a pono kâua

I aloha wau iâ `oe
I kâu hanahana pono
La`i a`e ke kaunu me ia la
Hô`apa`apai ka mana`o

You and I in the spray
Such joy, the two of us together
Embracing tightly in the coolness
Breathing deep of the palai fern

Oh, such spray

My desire
Don't linger
Lest we be found

I loved you
Your warmth
Calmed passion
Preventing thought

Source: Na Mele O Hawai`i Nei by Sam Elbert & Noelani Mahoe - Known as the Hawaiian War Chant, this is really a love ballad. Prince William Pitt Leleiohokukalaho`olewa (1854-1877) was the brother of King David Kalakaua, Queen Liliuokalani and Princess Miriam Likelike. His name, "flight on the day of the full moon", commemorates the funeral of Kamehameha III. A gifted composer, it was believed he would have been a wise king had he not died prematurely of rheumatic fever, at age 22.
Source: http://www.huapala.org/Kau/Kaua_I_Ka_...

Shot by Michael Miller with a Iphone 5.

2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

It was great for both Lisa and I to be invited guests to the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. It was a wonderful night of seeing many familiar faces and making some new friends. It was great to hear so many of the artists performing at Tiki's, receiving the well deserved accolades from their peers. Also, many of the musicians have volunteered their time and talent to help out by playing at fundraising gigs at Tiki's.
These are links to a few of the videos we have of the award winners when they played at Tiki's Grill & Bar:
Amy Hanaiali‘i, 
Weldon Kekauoha,
Kuana Torres Kahele
Mike Love 
Kapena De Lima

About 1,302 attended the sold out  Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards. This was the 36th year of honoring the past and current stars of music from Hawaii.
To see more coverage please check out the following links:
2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominees. Damon Tucker 
2013 Hoku Awards finalists announced - By BY JOHN BERGER 
The 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards by Melissa Chang for nonstophonolulu.com

Top awards:
 Album of the year: “Na Hoa,” Na Hoa and Dave Tucciarone, producers
Song: “Uhiwai,” Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
Favorite entertainer: Weldon Kekauoha
Group: Na Hoa
Female vocalist: Amy Hanaiali‘i, “My Father’s Granddaughter” (UA)
Male vocalist: Weldon Kekauoha, “Pilialoha” (‘Ohelo)
Most promising artist: Na Hoa, “Na Hoa” (Na Hoa)
Albums of the year:
 Alternative: “Contrast,” Sing the Body (‘Aumakua)
Contemporary: “My Father’s Granddaughter,” Amy Hanaiali‘i (UA)
Hawaiian music: “Na Hoa,” Na Hoa (UA)
Hip-hop: “Live From Soul Sound,” Evasive Species (‘Aumakua)
Instrumental: “Steel’n Love,” Bobby Ingano (Kui‘ou‘ou)
International: “Noho Aloha,” Maika‘iloa (no label)
Island music: “‘Io,” Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)
Jazz: “I Wish You Love,” Melveen Leed (ML Records)
Reggae: “The Change I’m Seeking,” Mike Love (Love Not War)
Rock: “The Blinding Speed of Trust,” Piranha Brothers (‘Aumakua)
Ukulele: “Tell U What,” Brittni Paiva (Brittni Paiva)
Other winners:
 EP (extended-play release): “Wahi Mahalo,” Kamakakehau Fernandez (Kamakakehau)
Graphics: B. Kanaiʻa Nakamura for “Ha‘a,” Na Palapalai (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Liner notes: Manu Boyd, Robert Cazimero and Shawn Livingston Moseley, “Mele ‘Ailana: Manu Boyd Island Music,” Manu Boyd (Hui Waianuhea)
Engineering: Wendell Ching and Kapena De Lima for “Shame on You,” Kimie (Kimie Miner)
Music video/DVD: “The Hawaiian Legends: Live in Concert,” various artists (Kuleana)
Christmas: “Hilo for the Holidays,” Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
Single: “Merry Christmas Darling,” Waipuna (Poki)
Anthology: “A 20 Year Collection of The Mana‘o Company,” The Mana‘o Company (Dan Pa)
Compilation Album: “Lana‘i Slack Key Festival — Live Kiho‘alu at Ke‘ele,” various artists (Jazz Alley)
Religious Album: “Glory to God on High,” Jeff Rasmussen and James Rubin (Glory to God)
Slack key Album: “Slack Key Huaka‘i,” Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)
Haku mele: “Kaka‘ako Ku‘u ‘Aina Aloha,” Kaiponohea Hale, from “Ho‘ola Lahui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Aina: Vibrant People, Thriving Lands,” various artists (Kamehameha Schools)
Hawaiian language performance: Manu Boyd, “Mele ‘Ailana: Manu Boyd Island Music” (Hui Waia­nuhea)
Instrumental composition: “Tell U What,” Brittni Paiva
Ki Hoalu Foundation Legacy Award: Dennis Kamakahi
 Mo Keale “Aloha Is”
Award for Community Service: Kuuipo Kumukahi
Maiki Aiu Steel Guitar Legacy Award: Jerry Byrd

Book launch reception John Berger - “Ka Mele Hawai‘i a Me Ka Po‘e Mele/Hawaiian Music & Musicians, An Encyclopedic History”

October 22, 2012

Mutual Publishing hosted a book launch reception for Star-Advertiser entertainment reporter and author John Berger.

Berger edited the latest version of the book  “Ka Mele Hawai‘i a Me Ka Po‘e Mele/Hawaiian Music & Musicians, An Encyclopedic History”,  which was originally published by George S. Kanahele in the 1970′s and is no longer in print.

He got help from musicians and their family members, recording industry executives, historians, kumu hula, chanters, composers, Hawaiian language experts and international scholars, all of whom (including Berger) worked without remuneration.

Hawaiian Music & Musicians - by John Berger

The new 1,000-page edition incorporates the effects of the contemporary Hawaiian music movement (Sunday Manoa, the Brothers Cazimero and musicians of similar status); the Hawaiian Renaissance and sovereignty movements, with a list of songs from “All Hawaii Stand Together” to “Where Have All the Hawaiians Gone”; and the rise of “Jawaiian/Island music” and other developments.

George S. Kanahele published his monumental Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History in 1979. Compiled with the assistance of a hundred contributors and the research of many more, it was immediately recognized as the most ambitious book ever written about Hawaiian music. Visit hawaiianmusicandmusicians.com

In 2000 Dr. Kanehele asked veteran music critic John Berger to work with him on a second edition; Dr. Kanahele died a few months later. It took John Berger another dozen years to complete this Revised and Updated Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Encyclopedic History. The book is now more than doubled in length, with almost every entry revised and updated, and with almost 100 new entries.

The book is arranged alphabetically, with entries on Hawaiian music from its roots in ancient chants to the flowering of the musical renaissance in Hawaii. It describes leading personalities and groups, organizations, songs and publications, and discusses the extraordinary popularity of Hawaiian music round the world.

There are biographies of musicians from every period of Hawaiian musical history—from Henry Berger, David Kālakaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and others of their time, to the great names of the 20th century.

There are major articles on chant, slack key, steel guitar, ‘ukulele, hīmeni, falsetto, Hawaiian orchestras, humor in Hawaiian music, radio, television, the recording industry, and more. Definitive essays tell the story of all the ancient and modern musical instruments, and the most loved and important songs of the last 150 years.

A special section presents many rare photographs of historical interest, featuring singers, chanters, dancers, and instrumentalists. Melody lines, chants, and rhythm patterns are illustrated by music notation.

Hawaiian Music & Musicians is published by Mutual Publishing, LLC

SKU: 1566479673
Released October 15, 2012

ISBN-10: 1-56647-967-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56647-967-7

PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / Hot Hawaiian Nights’ at Tiki’s AMY 2012

Sep 8, 2012

More photos at http://www.honolulupulse.com/bars-clubs/pics-hot-hawaiian-nights-at-tikis#76912

Mahalo to Amy Hanaialii for putting on a great show at Tiki's Grill & Bar. The show will be repeat on K5 The Home Team.

PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / Special to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser / Honolulu Pulse

http://www.honolulupulse.com/bars-clubs/pics-hot-hawaiian-nights-at-tikis#76912 — at Tiki's Grill & Bar.

PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Amy Hanaiali’i was the featured performer during a live taping of “Hot Hawaiian Nights” at Tiki’s Grill &  Bar on Friday, Sept. 7. 2012

‘My Father’s Granddaughter’Amy Hanaiali‘i REVIEW BY JOHN BERGER

REVIEW BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.com

‘My Father’s Granddaughter’

Amy Hanaiali‘i (UA)

In the 17 years since the release of her debut album, “Native Child,” in 1995, Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom has proven herself one of the most versatile island singers of her generation. Recording at various times as Amy Gilliom, Amy, Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, and in recent years primarily as Amy Hanaiali‘i, she has displayed her command of traditional Hawaiian falsetto, big band jazz and mainstream pop. In a recent theme album for celebrity marine artist Wyland she showed that she is also a credible blues singer.

The breadth of her repertoire during the past decade may surprise those who think of her primarily as a Hawaiian falsetto singer and imagine her paying her dues years ago singing in the rain at neighbor island carnivals or backyard fundraisers. The truth is that she had an MFA degree in musical theater, and extensive formal training, years prior to the release of her first Hawaiian falsetto album, “Hawaiian Tradition,” in 1997. It’s the training and artistic vision she acquired while building that larger resume that results in this album being such a beautiful calling card. Hanaiali‘i can rock and belt and work the ha‘i (break) between her lower and upper vocal registers when singing Hawaiian falsetto, but this album shows how compelling she can be when singing soft and delicate with only one or two acoustic instruments behind her. She is a remarkable interpreter of what is described as “the Great American Songbook” — pop songs written before the advent of the modern Rock Era in 1955. She includes several of those pop standards here.

Hanaiali‘i reveals in the liner notes that the album is about family. It marks the death of her father, Lloyd Gilliom, and celebrates her love for her daughter, Madeline Austin, who is pictured on the cover and elsewhere in the album art. Mother and daughter share writing and performing credits for “Hihimanu,” a gentle lullaby that is a soothing memento of love shared between parent and child. A second song, “Sleep Little Baby,” which Hanaiali‘i sings acappella, also has direct family connections; she writes that it was written as a lullaby for her father by his step-father, Hawaiian musician Sam Koki.

Two Hawaiian songs — performed with a solo piano as primary accompaniment — come from her productive musical partnership with Willie K. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “When You Wish Upon A Star,” pop classics both, are two more examples of how vocal talent can be showcased perfectly with simple yet elegant arrangements.

In responding to the emotions she’s experiencing at this point in her life, Amy Hanaiali’i has created an album that will bring comfort to countless others. She invites you to share these songs with your children as she has shared them with Madeline.
John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at jberger@staradvertiser.com.

Free Concert This Friday at 6pm Featuring Amy Hānaiali'i 4 Heineken Hot Hawaiian Nights @TikisGrill.

This concert will be televised live at 7pm,statewide on KFVE and live streaming on the internet at http://www.k5thehometeam.com/.


Anuhea's Muisc Video "Come Over Love"

It's wonderful to see talent blossom, and keep growing.

With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii's #1 female artist. Anuhea's signature guitar rhythms, sultry vocals and honest song writing weave acoustic soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop with pop appeal, making Anuhea Hawaii's next rising star.

Her debut album "Anuhea" released in April of 2009. It shot to #7 on the iTunes Pop Charts, #4 on R&B, and #3 on the World/Reggae Billboard Charts and multiple singles became commercial successes on Hawaii and AAA national radio.

Kuana Torres Kahele at Tiki's Grill & Bar July 29th 2011


On Friday July 29th, with Waikiki Beach as the backdrop, Kuana Torres Kahele will perform Hawaiian music from his new album ‘Kaunaloa’ at Tiki's Grill & Bar for a live audience and statewide broadcast on KFVE TV.

Tiki Grill & Bar is proud to host Kuana Torres Kahele as this year performer for KFVE TV The Home Team’s “Heineken Hot Hawaiian Nights.”  Many locals and visitors will recognize Kuana from the multi-award winning group Na Palapalai.  The duo gained critical acclaim for reviving Hawaiian classics, as well as for their own original compositions.

Shannon Scott, host of the show, said he was pleased to book Kuana, “In just over a month after Kuana’s solo début hit local music stores and iTunes, he sold over 20,000 CDs making it to 2nd place of Billboard Charts World Music”.

John Berger of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser wrote: “Kahele’s solo debut album should be a front-runner for local recognition in several major categories at the 2012 Hoku Awards”.

Locals and visitors from around the world look forward to daily performances from local talent and seven nights a week Tiki’s offers just that, live music!

While the sun sets and trade winds gently push coconut trees, Tiki statues stand guard with 30 foot Tiki torches lighting the night. Chef Ronnie Nasuti has created a few special dishes for the evening that will be featured in the restaurant.

To create even more excitement for Tiki’s facebook fan’s, if we reach 4000 fans or 2500 check in before the show is pau, we will buy all guests at the show that are 21 and over a Heineken or Heineken light!

·      Friday July 29th 2011

·      Party Starts at 5:30pm with statewide live broadcast on KFVE TV at 7PM

·      Filmed Live at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

·      Free Valet Parking

·      No Cover Charge

·      Heineken will be on special