Aloha! Merv Oana is a long time Island entertainer/songwriter from Maui! He is deeply rooted to his Hawaiian culture and his songs reflect his love for island living in Hawaii. His recent CD "Encounters of A Hawaiian Heart" portray the passion and romance of the Hawaiian islands and it's people. Listen and feel the love, passion and a little naughtiness!
Star Advertiser Jan. 08, 2012
Oana picks inventive medleys and serves up a fun opihi song
Reviews by John Berger
“Encounters of A Hawaiian Heart”
Island Style Entertainment
Pairing songs by John Lennon (“Imagine”) and Gaylord Holomalia (“Lover of Mine”), or linking the frank sexuality of “Ahi Wela” to romanticism of “Ribbon In The Sky” requires imagination. So does reworking “Kauoha Mai” as synth tracked big band swing to a point where it is almost unrecognizable-but still highly commercial. Those two medleys and and that unusual arrangement are three notable numbers in this ambitious project by Merv Oana.
Changing “Jamaica Farewell” a 1950’s hit popularized by Harry Belafonte, to “Lahaina Farewell” is a bit sophomoric, but Oana makes a welcome contribution to local music with songs that are entirely his own work. Consider his blues rock ode to a local delicacy (“Sweet Opihi”), his comic Pidgin English salute to an old but reliable car (“My Island Cruza”) and “Clear Blue Waters” with it’s cheery reggae-beat rhythms and postcard-perfect description of life in Hawaii.
Oana also does a fine job with two Hawaiian standards, “He Aloha Kuuipo” and “Kawohikuukapulani,” and a beautiful new hapa-haole song “My Sweet Kuuipo” despite the unfortunate use of synthesized string effects in place of a real string section.