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When you hear Lono sing and play a song, especially an original about Hawaii, you sense his love, his aloha for his native aina. Lono was raised on Molokai, left as a young man to explore the other islands (Oahu, Maui) and the mainland, doing many jobs but learning that music was the centre of his life. Lono is a true artist, committed to the preservation of the Hawaiian cultural tradition.
Over the years he has produced about a dozen albums, all featuring his special style on the ukulele and guitar, and many focussed on his original music of Hawaii, especially Molokai. In his early years his music was of the more popular variety, playing in various music venues (clubs, hotels) and travelling the Hawaii and mainland circuit to have his music heard.  As a seasoned musician he returned to Molokai and developed his own style of traditional Hawaiian music he calls Old Style."
He now has eight Old Style albums and each carries his imprint on the beauty of this land, especially Molokai. In the first of these albums, he played and sang a number of the well known songs of popular Hawaiian musicians and music (Johnny Alemeda, Auntie Genoa). As this series of Old Style music continued over the years, he more and more wrote and sang about Molokai; it's people, it's aina, it's stories. In these albums he sings both in Hawaiian and English, sometimes a mixture of the languages.  He writes and sings about night rainbows, travelling rocks to build heiaus, waterfalls, all the winds that cradle the island, special people who inhabit this land. If you are looking for a sweet introduction to Molokai, these eight Old Style albums are for you.
And now we have the newest Lono: Old Style 8. This album with it's perfect mixture of songs and instrumentals continues the music about Molokai, its land and its people, with the meles in both languages. And there is a special "gift" at the end for all to share. The first song, "Simple Life" sets the tone for the album, which presents the soft, sweet life of Molokai, the most Hawaiian of the islands. All of the meles feature the touch and expertise of Lono's ukulele and guitar, all have the beauty of Lono's writing, playing and singing. The CD itself is exceptionally well produced - literally every note is done with care and precision. In the last song about eagles, there is even a reference to Canada where he has many fans.
The "gift" in this album is a six-part, thirty minute story, or "Mo'olelo," about the history, myth, legend, of the world and eventually Molokai's place in it, called "Mu to Molokai." This ancient story gives not only the history, but the cultural roots of Molokai (Hawaii) which still applies to today's world. From ancient cultural roots to modern time, this story is about a possible history, but mainly it tells the way we all can learn to become good people, the philosophy of aloha, the understanding of "pono," the path of righteousness.
With an open mind, this is a powerful story of Hawaiian truth and spirituality and In Lono's telling, "pono" is the key. Whether history, myth, reality or tradition, this is an amazing story.

Immerse yourself in Old Style Hawaiian music and Aloha culture with Lonomusic Memorial Day Weekend at Pu’u O Hoku Ranch on Molokai.

Fall in love with your Ukulele as you join the renowned Hawaiian folk musician Lono, and the vibrant community of Molokai in learning to play and compose traditional and contemporary Old Style Hawaiian folk music, the Hula inspired by these songs and the beautiful landscapes, stories, and hospitality of the Spirit Isle. 



by: Auntie Hanai Makuahine
Lono has done it again!  In this new CD, HE MELE NEI, the 7th in his Old Style series, Lono continues his journey along the path of preserving Hawaii's traditional music, and once again we are blessed to travel that path with him.  The reverence and passion that master musician Lono has for his music clearly comes through.  As we accompany him while listening to O.S. VII, we are totally transfixed by his latest gift to us.
Lono is a dedicated artist . . . dedicated to his music . . .  dedicated to maintaining the Hawaiian way . . . dedicated to showing respect and aloha for the kupuna who have greatly influenced his life and his music . . . dedicated to preserving both vocally and instrumentally the Hawaiian heritage of aumakua, and legends and stories of Hawaiian culture.  His aloha for the kupuna is especially evident in the song, HE MELE HO'OMANA'O. 
Lono's inspiration for his Old Style series comes from his roots in Hawaiian music.  From his mother gathering the keiki to listen to music and sing the songs, through his growing up years on Molokai, Lono was listening to and absorbing the music of the Hawaiian greats who came before him. Through his love and passion for all things Hawaiian he is now transforming their messages into contemporary renditions of the traditional music.  Kindy Sproat, for example, inspired the music of PULUPE NEI ILI I KE ANU and of OLU O PU'ULANI heard on this CD.
It is no surprise with Lono's amazing talent and versatility that his music provides a remarkable range, based on his exceptional voice as well as his incredible instrumentals.
The vastness of Molokai's music - Lono's music - is a most beautiful expression of the human spirit.  The magic he works with his fingers as he shares his musical gifts with us, is to be forever treasured.  The instrumentals of ODE TO JAKE, E HO'I MAI, and ALOHA KAKOU show us not only Lono's dexterity in playing, but also his heart felt energy.
Once again, through his stories both vocal and instrumental, Lono has brought to life the ancient Hawaiian culture, its music, its people, and its aloha for all.
Mahalo Lono, this music, truly coming from your heart, is an inspiration forall.
Everyone should have this CD - all who appreciate Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture must have it . . . locals and malihini alike.  This CD, the 7th in Lono's Old Style series, all of which have been recorded, mixed and mastered, and produced by Lono here on island, is an authentic Molokai product. 
Aloha Moloka'i, Auntie Hanai Makuahine.