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The Dance of the Palm Trees

by Various Artists

Classic Hawaiian Songs & Island Instrumentals. Classic Hawaiian Songs & Island Instrumentals. Performed by Various Artists
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Island Style
Tim Coffman & Herb Pillilaau
3:08 album only
2. Aloha Ia O Waianae
Tropical Green
2:41 album only
3. Hanalei Moon
Tropical Green
3:25 album only
4. The Dance of the Palm Trees
Tim Coffman
2:59 album only
5. Wakiki
Sarah Maisel
4:54 album only
6. Kauai Beauty
Tropical Green
2:55 album only
7. Big Island Rodeo
Tim Coffman
3:49 album only
8. Pauoa liko Ka Lehua
Na Mele O Pu`u Wai'
4:39 album only
9. Na Loke Hoa (Fresh Roses)
Tim Coffman
4:33 album only
10. Kalua
Marchand Melcher
5:00 album only
11. Aloha `Oe
Herb Pillilaau & Singers
3:28 album only
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Album Notes
The Dance of the Palm Trees

Various Artists: Produced by Tim Coffman

Contact: Pam - Rolltop Music -

Rolltop Records announces the release of “Ka Hula O Na Niu” a new CD
of Classic Hawaiian Songs & Island Instrumentals.
A variety of artists contributed tracks to this release including,
Herb Pililaau - Frank Leong - Tropical Green - Na Mele O Pu'u Wai - Tim Coffman - Sarah Maisel and Marchand Melcher.
Each of the musicians bring a fresh vibe to classic Hawaiian songs like
Hanalei Moon * Waikiki * Kauai Beauty * Aloha I’A O Wai’anae * Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua and Aloha Oe`.
Tim Coffman contributes a feisty arrangement of the perennial Hawaiian favorite Island Style and shares vocal credits with Herb Pililaau. Marchand Melcher sings the song Kalua in a contemporary mood with all of the ambience and beauty of a Hawaiian sunset.
Two island instrumentals; Ka Hula O Na Niu and Big Island Rodeo are also included. Both songs where nominated by the JPF International Music Awards for the 2009 song of the year (Hawaiian Music Category).
Producer Tim Coffman, who is known for his love of the Hawaiian steel guitar, has featured it prominently on Ka Hula O Na Niu.

Ka Hula O Na Niu: Artist Bio Information
Tim Coffman
Tim Coffman, songwriter, musician and producer is the visionary behind Ka Hula O Na Niu. Tim’s musical career started in the 60s and blossomed into a four-decade career that has taken him from sharing the stage with rock music luminaries Steppenwolf and the Dave Clark Five to country legends Roy Clark and Jimmy Dean.
Coffman’s natural progression from performer to producer began in earnest in 1984 when he opened a recording studio and began building a solid reputation as a music producer and engineer. During the years that followed, Coffman produced hundreds of projects, including national commercials, and full length CDs.
In 1986, Coffman founded Rolltop Records as a way to promote the artists he was recording. Never content to rest on his laurels, Coffman has written and produced 5 CDs of his own original music, which includes This Is Fun - Nonstop to Paris - Beach & Guitar - Music From Beach Boulevard and The Rhythm of Paradise.
Recently the JPF International Music Awards nominated two of Coffman’s songs for the 2009 song of the year in the Hawaiian music category. Both songs, Big Island Rodeo and the title track Ka Hula O Na Niu are included on this CD.

Na Mele O Pu’u Wai
Na Mele O Pu’u Wai (Music from the Heart) is a quartet made up of members of the Hawaiian Club and is led by Auntie Maelani Wilcox. Auntie Maelani (ukulele and vocals) is from the Big Island of Hawaii, and the famous musical Cazimero family.
Jay Wittkop (lap steel guitar and vocals) has performed with the Honolulu and San Diego Symphony Orchestras. Richard Nery (bass and vocals) is from the Big Island of Hawaii and enjoys performing Hawaiian music. Wayne Papac (guitar and vocals) has embraced Hawaiian music and culture, and has performed professionally for many years.

Frank Leong
Frank Leong was born and raised on the island of Oahu. He started playing the Ukulele when he was about 10 years old and learned to play from the beach-boys on the beach at Waikiki. He blossomed as a musician during the late 50's and early 60's when the Lyle Ritz ukulele style was the craze.
Leong has been playing music professionally for about 40 years. He leads a professional Hawaiian group and teaches Ukulele.

Herb Pililaau
Herb Pililaau was born and raised on the island of Oahu and comes from a well-known Hawaiian music family. As an adult he lived on Kauai for many years continuing his family’s musical tradition. Herb currently performs with Frank Leong as a duo.

Sarah Maisel
Sarah Maisel is a Ukulele protégé of Frank Leong. For the last few years she has been perfecting her craft and with her rendition of “Waikiki” she demonstrates her amazing skills. Sarah received formal training as a young lady on the Piano and Violin.

Marchand Melcher
Marchand is a singer and songwriter whose family lives on the island of Oahu.
During her early years she worked as a singing tour director in Honolulu. As Marchands career grew she began to travel and has preformed in numerous cities around the world.
More recently she divides her time between San Diego, Las Vegas and Honolulu.

CD Review -'Ka Hula O Na Niu' - Various Artists (Rolltop Music)
Honolulu Star Bulletin
Entertainment Editor-John Berger

Hawaiian musicians have been adopting and adapting haole (non-Hawaiian) music styles and musical instruments for two centuries, and as Hawaiian music has become known outside Hawaii, it has been adopted and adapted by others in turn.
This compilation, assembled by producer/composer Tim Coffman, represents the latter tradition. He and his label are based in California; some of the performers are expatriate islanders.
The adoption/adaptation aspect registers right away as Coffman and Herb Pililaau open with an old-style hapa-haole arrangement of John Cruz's signature, "Island Style." Emphasis on percussion and steel guitar gives the song a different feel from Cruz's version, but it works.
Steel guitar also provides the nostalgic edge as Pililaau and Frank Leong harmonize on "Aloha Ia O Waianae" and "Hanalei Moon." Traditional Hawaiian instruments -- acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass -- reinforce the island ties on another local standard, "Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua."
Women are also part of the project. Vocalist Sarah Maisel is featured on a subdued but charming arrangement of "Waikiki," and Marchand Melcher represents the Hollywood hapa-haole tradition with a bilingual synth-tracks-plus-live instruments arrangement of "Kalua" that turns out to be the most beautiful song on the album.
Coffman takes the project in a different direction with three original instrumentals. Many of the world's great steel guitarists played pop music as well as Hawaiian and hapa-haole hits; Coffman's instrumentals are reminiscent of such non-Hawaiian work.



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