Guest Artists Play our Ukuleles
Under the basic presumption that most of my visitors and customers play better than I do, I’ve included a page to honor their efforts and tell a little about each one. This page will be continually expanding as other artists are included.
Douglas Po’oloa Tolentino is a full-time musician and artist who lives on the Windward side of O’ahu. Po’oloa can be found singing and playing music in Waikiki Thursdays and Saturday evenings in the Maitai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Sunday morning brunches at the Moana Surfrider, and Fridays with the group Puamana for the Navitech cruises. He is available for private functions at other times and can be reached at: (808) 263-4545. Po’oloa’s art work includes several year’s worth of Merrie Monarch posters, as well as pastels and watercolors which are proudly hung in many island homes.
Po’oloa owns and regularly plays Kawika 4- and 6-string tenors, 4-string baritones and now our ‘Olu’olu guitar. He recorded several arrangements on tape for me with a Kawika 4-string tenor ukulele using (low) G, (low) C, E, (high-440)A tuning. We’re still getting the hang of putting music into the computer this way — the sound quality will improve. Po’oloa first plays a little finger-style music .
DTSTRM1.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)
This is followed by another piece, “Green Rose” done in a slack-key style:
DTSTRM3A.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)
This is followed by the third piece, familiar to many as a portion of “Hilo March”:
DTSTRM4B.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)
The series is concluded by the fourth piece:
DTSTRM5A.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)
Our next musician is Elia Ua of Hilo, Hawaii. Elia heads the group Keonaona (pronounced Kay-oh-now-na, not Kay-oh-na-oh-na). Other members of the group include Ben Kamalani, Glenn Ahulau and Joe Napeahi. The group plays traditional Hawaiian music for parties and functions throughout the Big Island and can be reached at: 808-959-1928 (business) 808-925-6545 (pager) or by writing to Keonaona Productions, 521 Keonaona Street, Hilo, HI, 96720. Elia first plays a little finger-style music with a Kawika 4-string tenor ukulele using (low) G, (low) C,E,(high-440)A tuning. This ukulele has a Douglas fir top which seems to give it a little brighter sound.
ELIA1.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)
Next Elia plays a portion of the tune Nani Ka Ala using a Kawika 6-string tenor ukulele using the (high) G, (low & high) C,E,(low-220 & high-440)A tuning. This ukulele also has a Douglas fir top and again is a little brighter than the koa sound.
NANIKA1.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)
I hope that these are fun to listen to and that if you’re in Hawaii that you’ll make an attempt to listen to these artists live.