Lei Hali'a

Lei Hali'a

by Keali'i Reichel


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A sleeve note to Keali'i Reichel's album Lei Hali'a provides the seal of approval of 'Ahahui 'Olelo Hawai'i recognizing "the careful use of the Hawaiian language as presented in this musical project, in both the pronunciation and in the written form of the language." That would seem to give the impression of a recording of traditional Hawaiian music, but that is only partially the case. Many of the songs on the album are traditional ones, but even then the arrangements are often new. And Reichel mixes in his versions of adult contemporary pop, including songs written by Diane Warren ("Every Road Leads Back to You") and Richard Marx ("Now and Forever"), as well as a cover of Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King. His version of "Stay," a song written by Carol Maillard, is an a cappella doo wop treatment on which he sings all the parts himself. Thus, Reichel here is a Hawaiian artist, but not a purist by any means. Whether singing in English or Hawaiian, he uses his versatile tenor voice to make pleasing light pop music likely to appeal beyond the shores of his native islands.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Punahele Productions
UPC: 0702681009920
catalogNumber: 10099

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keali'i Reichel   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Chant
Kevin Brown   Guitar
Tennyson Stephens   Piano
Robi Kahakalau   Vocals
David Choy   Soprano Saxophone
Uluwehi Guerrero   Background Vocals,Chant
Sheldon Brown   Ukulele
Alan Villaren   Guitar
William Aarona   Background Vocals
James Lawrence   Bass,Guitar,12-string Guitar
Kapono Beamer   Slack Key Guitar
Anna Womack   Viola
Star Williams   Background Vocals
Bruce Hamada   Bass,Keyboards
Sandra Wong   Strings
Hung Wu   Strings
Zhao Yu   Strings
Keiko S. Zou   Strings,Violin
Manu Boyd   Background Vocals
Horace Dudoit   Background Vocals
Claire Hazzard   Strings,Violin
Chris Kamaka   Background Vocals
Janet Dubay   Strings
Karen Fujimoto   Strings
Rachel Gonzales   Background Vocals
Naomi Stephens   Background Vocals,Chant
Moses Kane   Bass

Technical Credits

Tennyson Stephens   Director
Keali'i Reichel   Producer
Fred Krauss   Producer
Jim Linkner   Producer,Engineer
Bart Bascone   String Arrangements
Rob Hawes   Artwork
Puakea Nogelmeier   Contributor

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