When I am in the Studio painting and creating or gardening i place my speakers in a prominant position and put the needle to the record or laser to the disc and play some of my favourite tunes to keep me in the mood!
My musical tastes are continually mellowing, though one thing remains a constant!
My love for the genius that is “The Sunday Manoa.”
The virtuosic ukelele & Guitar stylings of Peter Moon and the soulful strumming of Cyril Pahinui’s guitar, with that of Albert Kalima Jnr’s heart beat of a presence on bass guitar, formed the ground breaking Hawaiian band “The Sunday Manoa”.
The bands first formation and recording included singer “Palani Vaughan”, though he and Cyril Pahinui ( Son of Gabby Pahinnui – legendary Hawaiian musician ) would not figure in future recordings.
Their 2nd recording “Hawaiian Time” (which remains out of print), saw the inclusion of Alfred Pahinui, the brother of Cyril. After “Hawaiian Time” Peter Moon became the only original band member and ended up recruiting the talents “Roland & Robert Cazimero”, the new line up would prove successful and go onto create many Hawaiian Classics, such as the album ” GUAVA JAM”, which is now regarded as a influencial sound within the Hawaiian/Polynesian renaissance of the late 1960’s and 70’s .
Guava Jam had embarked a new direction and motivation in Hawaiian Music, merging traditional sentiment with contemporary rhythms and sound, the accent of Hula drum and ipu heke amongst ukelele and Guitar melodies successfully incorporated the old with the new to inspire a generation.
The Sunday Manoa produced but only three Albums from this band line up, and though their musical journey as a trio was short, their endeavours have surely outlast the era they inhabited!
Their final Album included the popular track ” Hawaiian Lullaby” , release in 1973 it remains a favourite to fans a like. “The Sunday Manoa” were but a musical group of personal conviction and heart felt inspiration that touched and erged a generation of Hawaiians to see a future whilst embracing their past, a unique trio of musicians, that in my opinion has not been replicated since!
The Sunday Manoa performing in Hawaii – 1973.
(Photo from STAR BULLETIN*)