|About Hāliu: Volume One
As Kūpaoa, we have made a determined effort to contribute to growing the genre of Hawaiian music by recording original songs, either from our own hearts or from the minds of our talented contemporaries. Many of these new compositions have come to life through hula created by our dedicated colleagues known collectively as Ke ‘Ala Aumoe, (Frank, Eleena, Puni and Reid), or other hula choreographers inspired by our mele. While we dearly love the new music we have put forth as Kūpaoa, we have a special place in our hearts for all of the songs that we consider more traditional mele, older songs whose poetry has been expressed by dancers for generations.This unreleased album is but a temporary departure from the mission that we’ve worked so hard to define with the selection of music on our albums, Pili O Ke Ao, and English Rose. Available exclusively though us, this new collection of treasured works represents our attempt to hāliu, to turn and acknowledge the noteworthy efforts of those who came before us. With this album, we hope to honor the work of those who’ve laid the foundation for Hawaiian music today.
We know our original music is appreciated…but so many of you keep requesting the old songs! For all of you who have begged us to record traditional mele in our Kūpaoa style, this is for you.