Aloha, This Is Who We Are

by Lance Takamiya

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Haleiwa Town 03:02
Naha 03:16
Heihei Wa'a 02:09
Rush 02:53


"Aloha, This is Who We Are" encapsulates an imagery of Hawai'i, inspired by the beauty that kindles the Aloha spirit and its cultural heritage through the art of Ki'hoalu or Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.

Hawaiian Slack Key guitar music may have a mesmerizing effect on the listener. The casual listener may not be able to discern why. Much is made about the slacking of guitar strings, “Ki” which means “keys on the guitar” and “hoalu” which means, “to loosen”. However, the playing technique is what sets Slack Key guitar apart from other styles of guitar playing. The alternating bass pattern played by the thumb and the melody played with the index, middle and ring fingers on the picking hand optimizes a guitar’s resonance and creates a uniquely warm, flowing and sweet sound. Ornamentation techniques used by fingers on the fret board such as chimes (harmonics), hammers, add-ons, pull-offs, slurs and slides give Slack Key pieces a uniquely Hawaiian sound. The fullness in sound also gives the listener the impression that more than one instrument is playing. Through the art of Slack Key, I developed an appreciation for Hawaiian music and for the island culture in general.


released June 2, 2017

• Ozzie Kotani
• Jose Ortega
• My wife, Jan, and our two children Andrea and Evan Takamiya for their love and inspiration. Together we explored the islands, learned the passion of its people, ate its food, witnessed the indigenous art forms, observed its breathtaking beauty and learned its history. Our life in Hawai’i inspired me to compose these songs.
• Andrea Takamiya, website design.
• Kelii Borgonia and Andrea Takamiya, Album cover graphics.
• Eric Lagrimas, Pass Out Records and Songs of Passout (ASCAP)
• Michael Cheape
• Les Lichtenberg
• Steve Grimes of Grimes Guitars.
• Karl Long, Sweetwater Sales Engineer

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Hawaii-based Pass Out Records' eclectic artists and releases have achieved national and international accolades in numerous music circles ranging from Na Hoku Hanohano and Hawaii Music award winners; appearances at prestigious music festivals such as South By Southwest; license deals in foreign markets; and key tours/cultural performances in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and Asia. ... more

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