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Release.
Laule’a

Track List

1.  Pohakuloa

2.  Mālama Ka Punahou

3.  Waihine ‘Ilikea

4.  Ulupalakua

5.  The Moon Represents My Heart

6.  He Aloha No O Honolulu

7.  Waikā

8.  Ahe Lau Makani

9.  Ka Punahou

10. Honolulu City Lights

11. Ka Nohona Pili Kai

12. Kamehameha Waltz

13. Ke Alaula

14. Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai

15. I’ll Remember You

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In their third collaboration together, Lea Almanza and Jeff Peterson perform many of their favorite Hawaiian mele and introduce two new pieces to the Hawaiian repertoire.  Lea sang Hawaiian songs for many years at Punahou school before embarking on a wonderful musical journey as a Soprano, singing opera in Italy, New York City, Singapore, China and beyond, before returning home to her beloved Hawai‘i.  She is now a regular performer at Diamond Head Theatre and a sought after vocal teacher.  Jeff was born and raised on Maui and was introduced to Hawaiian music at an early age by his father who was a Paniolo or Hawaiian Cowboy at the Haleakala Ranch.  Music filled the air for much of Jeff’s childhood and got him interested in the Hawaiian style of open-tuned guitar playing called slack key.  He went on to study classical and jazz guitar at the University of Southern California before returning home to teach and perform in Hawai‘i.  He was featured on the first recording to win a Grammy Award for Hawaiian music, has two Grammy nominations, and has five Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards.  He has toured extensively around the world across the US, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, Japan, China, Africa, India, and around Hawai‘i as a solo artist and in collaboration with a variety of artists form Hawai‘i and abroad.  The music of this recording reflects both Lea and Jeff’s love for their island home as well as their deep appreciation for the music of Hawai‘i.

Produced and arranged by Jeff Peterson

Recorded and mixed by Jeff Peterson and Darin Leong

Background vocals by John Friedman

Bass by Nathan Aweau

Graphic Design by Shayna Kusumoto

Photography by David and Shayna Kusumoto

Hawaiian Language Coaches: Vicky Hollinger,

Emma McGuire, Kawika McGuire, and

Kanani Taliaferro Kelekolio

Liner Notes by Jeff Peterson and Lea Woods Almanza