manu boyd island music
- Mele ‘Ailana
- Lei Pa‘iniu
- Nani He‘eia
- Aia I Nu‘uanu Kō Lei Nani
- Lei Laulia
- Kalaekilohana Kïnohinohi
- Kona Aloha
- Ho‘i Hou Nā ‘Ale
- Kaleiho‘opi‘o I Luna
- Pu‘u Kaimukī
- Kamaehuokalani He Inoa
MANU BOYD, award-winning kumu hula, composer and musician presents a dozen mele (songs) celebrating the beauty, living heritage and mana of Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina. E nanea mai i ka holoholo. Enjoy the ride!
‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia
No task is too great when many work together
Teresa Naniali‘i Bright executive producer
Manu Boyd & Shawn Livingston Moseley producers
Shawn Moseley proprietor/lead engineer
Soul Sound Hawai‘i Studios, He‘eia, Ko‘olaupoko
Lock Lynch assistant engineer
Kala‘iokona Ontai proprietor/engineer/musician
Mānailehua Studios, Waiākea Uka, Hilo additional tracks
Manu Boyd, Robert Cazimero, Shawn Moseley liner notes
Heirama Fearon cover photography, artistic consultant
‘Ānela Nacapoy Iwane, Tasha Rames photography
Keala Chock publishing coordinator
Manu Boyd graphic design
Hui Waianuhea LLC
Songs/arrangements by Manu Boyd, ASCAP. Pu‘u Kaimukī composed with Keala Chock. Aia I Nu‘uanu lyrics by Maria Hio Adams Boyd.
Guest Artists: Robert Uluwehi Cazimero, Keala Chock, Kapalai‘ula de Silva, Kainaniokalihiwai Kahaunaele, Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, Kïhei Nahale-a, Kala‘iokona Ontai, Jeff Peterson, Lilinoe Sterling, Waipuna: Kaho‘okeleholu “Kale” Hannahs, Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi. Hālau o ke ‘A‘ali‘i Kū Makani: Aukahi Austin, Aulia Austin, Juliette Bernardino Boyd, Mālie Boll, Jodi Boneza, Anita Bruce, Noelle Kauanoe Campbell, Noelani Crail-Naluai, Mahinapoepoe Duarte, Pono Fernandez, Hōkū Johnson, Kealohapau‘ole Ho‘omana-Heffernan, Terry Koki, Eōmailani Kūkahiko, Ke‘alohi Lucas, Kauikeōlani Nani‘ole, Kēhaulani Nielson, Ardis Oshiro, Aulani Parker, Ānuenue Pūnua, Kalei Stern, Noheahiwahiwa Stibbard.
MANA‘O HO‘OKUMU Producers’ Notes
With 25 years of Ho‘okena experience and 10 recordings under my belt, I thought I knew what I needed to know to make this solo project happen. What I’ve learned at many levels over the past few months is mind-boggling and humbling. Mahalo to Teresa “Te” Bright for making this happen, and for introducing me to an amazing man I very likely would never have met.
I count many teachers, and now add Shawn Livingston Moseley to that list. From piano to vocal “suggestions,” he taught me some very cool things. Timing, patience, experience, luck and great inspirations have brought me to this juncture. These mele and this recording are the result of extraordinary circumstances and extraordinary individuals.
In these mele, you’ll hear revered names of gods, demigods, nobility, storied places, winds, rains, symbolic plants and more. Respect them, honor them, treat them well. They are the core of our poetry, our dance, our world. Take time to explore the depths of our ancestral homeland, Hawai‘i nei. Relax with loved ones and enjoy some new Hawaiian music!
E ola e nā kini pua o Hawai‘i kulāiwi ē!
Manu Boyd Nu‘uanu
When one is fortunate enough to experience the creative realm of a composer/musician/recording artist, singular expression of how that world is defined is what you may find. I know this because I am one too. When I first met Manu Boyd through Teresa Bright, I knew this was going to be quite a ride.
April 20, 2012, was the date. Lono was the moon phase, particularly good for planting. Little did I know that after that meeting with Te and Manu, an unexpected seed would take root at He‘eia, Ko‘olaupoko.
This has been the wittiest, funniest, whirlwind recording in my memory. I observed, suggested, listened, yielded, and even annoyed. I tore out an article of a Punahou triumph over Kamehameha and taped it to the recording booth window for inspiration. I think it worked.
Mele ‘Ailana is an inspiring and welcomed new path in Manu’s notable career. His songs go deep, and are ordered with Hawaiian consideration rather than commercial direction. He reminds us of what is special to us all: the life, spirit, dance and poetry of Hawai‘i nei. I look forward to more of Manu’s brand of music that entertains, teaches, delights, and leaves the listener wanting for more. Hana hou!
Shawn Livingston Moseley He‘eia