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Hapa Haole Hulas

by Mango

Inspired by the wonderful, expressive, and graceful dancers who have shared their art of the Hula with us,this CD includes well known "Hapa Haole" songs that people around the world love, traditional "old-style" beautiful Hawaiian love songs.
Genre: World: Island
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wonderful World of Aloha - (Jack DeMello)
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2:58 $0.99
2. Ha`a Hula - (Anthony Conjugation,Kihei DeSilva)
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2:37 $0.99
3. Hi`ilawe - (Sam Lia Kala`ainaina)
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5:24 $0.99
4. Hawai`ian hula Eyes - (William Harbottle, Randy Oness)
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2:48 $0.99
5. Kaulana `O Kawaihae - (Kalihine Alama Na`ai)
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6. Ka Lehua i Milia - (Mary Puku`i, Maddy K. Lam)
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7. Ku`uipo i ka He`e Pue One - (Princess Miriam Likelike)
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8. Waikiki - (Andrew and Kealoha Cunningham)
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9. That's the Hawai`ian in Me - Margaret Lane and Johnny Noble)
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10. Wahine Ilikea - (Dennis Kamakahi, Naukilo Productions)
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11. Here in this Enchanted Place - (Cockran, Grant Hill)
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12. Hapa Haole Hula Medley - (Sonny Cunha)
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Album Notes
Mango features Joanie Collins and Carl Ray Villaverde. They have been playing music together since they met on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1997. They're a diverse and extraordinary combination of talents and experiences, which combined with the right chemistry, brings out the best of both worlds. Hapa Haole Hulas was honored by being entered in the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards in the Contemporary Hawaiin category.

Mango left the Big Island of Hawaii after September 11th, 2001 to play in Park City, Utah during the Winter Olympics. The following year they found themselves in Santa Barbara, CA and Mango has been bringing the sweetness of Aloha to folks in Southern California for the past five years.

Joanie is an accomplished concert violinist and brings her enchanting voice to Mango. She believes and participates in community projects and gives private lessons for violin, viola, piano and music composition to a handful of students in between her busy schedule.

Carl Ray Villaverde
is where Mango all began, in the late '70's with Kenneth Makuakane. He is a lead vocalist, guitarist and one of Hawaii's finest ukulele players. He also plays slack key guitar, bass and drums. He was taught to play Hawaiian steel guitar by world renowned Jerry Byrd. Carl Ray's talent has allowed him to travel and share his gift of music on the U.S. mainland, Japan and Hawaii's Islands throughout his thirty year professional music career. A Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee, Carl Ray won first place each year as a child for his ukulele playing in the Merrie Monarch Festival. He is a gifted composer/arranger and blends all the sounds for Mango's recordings.

Since 1972 Carl Ray has been performing at Hawaii's finest Hotels and resorts beginning at the age of 18 at the Nani Loa Hotel as a drummer for Al Lopaka. On Maui he performed regularly at the Kapalua Bay Hotel and shared the stage with Cecilio of "C & K" at the Sheraton's Discovery Room. On his return to the Big Island, Carl Ray and his brother Thomas teamed up at the Petroglyph Bar at the Royal Waikoloan Hotel. In 1998, Carl Ray and Joanie brought their worlds together to create an all new sound for Mango. When the Four Seasons Hualalai opened, Mango was chosen to provide the ambiance for the fine dining restaurant, Pahu`ia.

Joanie Collins
Has been playing the violin and piano since she was very young, learning ear training at the dinner table and the life history of great composers at Girl Scout meetings from her concert violinist parents. Joanie's father, Richard B. Collins, is featured on "Hi`ilawe" (a song that is connected to the fiddle to those from Waipio Valley) and "Here in this Enchanted Place", playing a one of a kind nine string Violin D'Amore, made by Jim Wimmer.

Joanie plays music as diverse and open to interpretation as her talents and background. She has performed as concert mistress with the Maui Symphony Orchestra. She and her white (Zeta) electric violin are known all over the Hawaiian Islands. She is the founder of P.A.C.E.S., the Performing Arts and Cultural Exchange Studios on the Big Island of Hawaii and was the first violinist of the String Beings, P.A.C.E.S.' resident string quartet.

Joanie began and taught the strings program at the Lokahi Waldorf School in Kealakekua in 1995, starting twenty children on violins brought to Hawai`i from China, and bringing guest teachers and artists into the classrooms as part of their Hawaiian tour. She also taught violin, piano, and ballet at P.A.C.E.S. and was the artistic director until 2001, when she left the islands.

Joanie has also performed regularly with the Magic Strings, the Kona Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony and the Salt Lake City Symphony in the classical genre. She's also performed with Hawaiians Unlimited, Island Rhapsody, and the all woman rock and roll band, Tsunami! in the pop/rock arena.

She is very interested in the role that the violin played in Hawaiian music before the introduction of the steel guitar and electricity. Charles E. King and Sam Lia, two of Hawai`is prolific songwriters, featured the violin prominently in their music. King "Kawika" Kalakaua, also known as the Merrie Monarch, was also a violinist.

Joanie has had the privilege of performing with great entertainers such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Kekuhi Kanahele, Keali'I Reichel, and Eugene Fodor.

Carl and Joanie invite you to taste the fruit of Mango.

"Let us bring the islands to you with the best music of old and new Hawaii!"


to write a review

John Allenegui

What an eclectic sample of Hawaiian Music! A diverse juxtaposition of old and new. Mango successfully navigates the genres of traditional, contemporary, and Hawaiian swing era music and even adds some previous unpublished/unreleased pieces. Everything is then skillfully woven together with traditional Hawaiian instrumentals, vocals, and an enchanting touch of violin with the diversity that only Mango could accomplish.
As sweet as the nectar of Mango is, it can only age well, to intoxicate future generations of Mango listeners. What's next!?

Wayne Allenegui - Torrance, CA

The Beauty of Hawaii
"Delicious! A great selection of songs that I have to include in my collection. I received your CD a few days ago. I've listened to it with my friends a few times and we were all impressed. Your music brings out the beauty of Hawaii. Thank you!"

Carol Johnson

I was in Shangrila listening to the CD
As a student of the ukulele, I was enthralled by this CD. So beautifully done, it transported me to a place that must be the true Shangrila. The harmonies, the instruments, the songs: I absolutely loved it.

Evie Dickerson

This CD was awesome, so much diversity in their music it was a treat to listen to. Very talented...I loved it.

M.L. THompson of Santa Barbara

Mango Juice at the beach
Congratulations Mango!!
I was sitting in my car at Ledbeder Beach listening for the first time to your CD Hapa Haole Hulas. Usually I don't like to listen to a whole CD at one sitting, but this time I couldn't help but listen, and people were stopping by my car to enjoy the music i was listening to. Normally, no one stopped by this spot that I always chose everytime I go there. When the music stopped the small crowd that had gathered left. While the cd was on I was enjoying the art work on the cover. This CD is the best I've seen inside and out, no mistakes....Way to go Mango!!