Hawai'i '13

Hawai'i '13

by The GreenThe Green


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Call them reggae-pop, Margaritaville punk, or just simply Jawaiian, the Green's mix of reggae, rock, soul, and Hawaiian vibes has reached full maturity on the great Hawai'i '13, but mature doesn't imply clamping down as this Oahu group is still on permanent vacation. After the traditional "He Mele No Ku'u Hawai'i" notifies listeners that this one comes from the 50th state, the funky '70s rhythms and jam band solos of "Even Before" set sail for an imaginary land where Jimmy Buffett, Gwen Stefani, Jerry Garcia, Cheech & Chong, and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole all gather round the evening's campfire. The aptly titled "Good One" ups the ante with more sunshine and an incredibly infectious chorus, while lead single "Take Me On" is everything above on a slow romantic boat ride down a stream. John Mayer fans should head right for the sultry "Chocolate & Roses" and Jack Johnson heads should go right to the empowering rocker "Power in the Words," while those who dig 311 might very well jump camps after hearing the modern synths, swaggering stance, and supreme coolness of "Good Vibe Killah." The four-part harmony throughout the album is sourced right from traditional reggae, as it's something rarely experienced on the jam band festival circuit, but it's lead singer Caleb Keolanui who really shines, able to kick it like a dancehall singjay if required or up to the soaring, full-bodied style of Bob Marley if the track calls for something mighty or majestic. Sour folks, snide hipsters, and those who are only happy when it rains might find Hawai'i '13 too fluffy to consider, but there's an endless supply of sincere and positive vibrations to receive here, so those who'd prefer to live their lives in flip-flops should open their arms wide.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Easy Star
UPC: 0657481103920
catalogNumber: 1039

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green   Primary Artist
Joe Tomino   Drums
Adam Topol   Percussion
JP Kennedy   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Zion Thompson   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Brad Watanabe   Bass,Guitar,Trumpet,Drums,French Horn,Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica,Group Member
Caleb Keolanui   Vocals,Group Member
Ikaika Antone   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Students of Halau Lokahi Charter School   Chant
Students of Hakipu'u Learning Center   Chant
Jordan Espinoza   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Eric Smith   Executive Producer
Adam Taylor   Composer
Wendell Ching   Engineer
Michael Goldwasser   Executive Producer
Lem Oppenheimer   Executive Producer
Remy Gerstein   Executive Producer
Lorenzo Lyons   Composer
JP Kennedy   Additional Production
Zion Thompson   Additional Production
Brad Watanabe   Producer,Engineer
Kamea Hadar   Cover Painting
Caleb Keolanui   Additional Production
Ikaika Antone   Additional Production
Christian Mochizuki   Engineer
Andy Pritiken   Art Direction
Noah Cronin   Engineer
Green   Composer
Curtis Bergesen   Management
Seth Herman   Management
Sahir Hanif   Drum Technician
Matt Honda   Engineer
Mason Rose   Band Photo
Kumu Kinaleimoana Wong-Kalu   Composer
Kaina Neuman   Composer
Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu   Composer
Danny Kalb   Producer,Engineer

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