Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners, Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta, Jr. are joined by super-star Jake Shimabukuro and the legendary Chris Kamaka for ‘Ukulele Friends: The Sequel. This follow-up to their award winning ‘Ukulele Friends has more of the superlative Hawaiian and Hapa Haole melodies these celebrated artists are known for, with the added twist of two delightful vocal performances in this collection. Herb’s prowess with technique and brilliant melodies, combined with Bryan’s masterful ability to apply just the right amount of harmony, along with his specialty, “fairy-dusting,” creates the ‘ukulele magic that resonates with their fans.
“The Sequel” features Hawaiian treasures “Lei Nani,” “Kaulani O Hilo Hanakahi,” “He Pua Wehiwa,” “Nani Ko'olau,” and for an added treat, “Loa'a Ko Puni Kauoha” with Bryan on vocals. Jake Shimabukuro jumped on board to perform the beautiful, “E Ku’u Morning Dew,” in honor of the late Eddie Kamae, singer, musician, composer and key figure in the Hawaiian renaissance. Chris Kamaka, bassist and vocalist with the multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning Hoʻokena, and member of the world-reknown Kamaka Ukulele family of luthiers, lends his handsome voice to a song his father always sang to his mother, R. Alex Andersonʻs, “Iʻll Weave a Lei of Stars for You.” Hapa Haole favorites “Maile Swing,” and “Lovely Hula Hands,” the contemporary Hawaiian hit by Keola Beamer, “Honolulu City Lights, and a hat-tip to Okinawa, with “Sanshin No Hana” round out this collection of music that, like the sweet fragrance of a flower lei, will deliver a refreshing dose of pure listening pleasure.