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Island Lion

by Pau Hana

On the edge Reggae rock influence with emphasis on vocals and Bass.
Genre: World: Reggae
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1. Party Goin' On
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2. No
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3. Losing Control
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4. Island Lion
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5. She Was My Lady
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6. Soia
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7. Fight If We Must
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8. Dippin' in the Lolo
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9. In the Mood
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10. My Queen
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11. Three Plus Five
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12. Feast or Famine
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Album Notes
Since 1997

1998 The group toured the pacific from Hawaii, Saipan, Palau,and Guam. They headlined the power 98 Birthday bash in Guam, where there was a record attendance of over 18,000 fans.

1999 The band was back in Saipan to headline the 4th of July Independence concert. That concert held over 23,000 islanders in one spot and is still one of the biggest concerts to date.

2000 Pau Hana was invited to play in Kona with other local groups and had a great time playing music, partying, and spreading the "aloha" spirit.

2001 Pau Hana traveled regionally perfoming in Washington, Portland, Utah, Las Vegas, Northern California, and in their hometown of San Diego.

2002 The group finishes recording their 2nd album that is released one year later in 2003.

2003 Pau Hana music receives a cross over approval from non island communities. They play Earth Day In San Diego and many other events aside from polynesian shows. Along with top Jamaican acts Freddie McGregor, Lucky Dube, and Big Mountain’s front man Quino.

2004 Pau Hana performs for 10,000 people at the Waikiki Shell Ampitheater
Pau Hana's unique style has clearly given them their own identity in the polynesian community. They were invited to play one of Hawaii's biggest concerts that, for them, were a sort of homecoming. For so long their album has been ranked as one of the best selling in Hawaii, and now they have had the chance to thank their fans in the Islands personally.

Pau Hana Just released their 3rd CD, Island Lion, in 2006.


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John Book, Music For America

The musicianship makes up for some of the faults on this disc
In Hawai'i, reggae music is king, and it helped spawn the sub-genre known as Jawaiian music. Only a small handful of groups have managed to stay true to the reggae sounds of the late 60's and early 70's, and Pau Hana shows they have the potential to be a very good reggae group.

The group are originally from Hawai'i, now based in San Diego, and Island Lion (Pacific Hawaiian Distribution) is their third album together, and it is definitely "island style" in that much of what they sing about can be felt by those throughout the Hawaiian islands. The lyrics aren't completely wholesome nor political, as some of the best reggae can be, but rather they fit in closer to the wholesome and safe side than anything. "Party Going On" has the group talking about wanting to spend the weekend with family and friends. I had a slight problem with this one, because there's a lyric that is corny-yet-cute ("We can dance, move our bodies to the rhythms, find romance/and the way you push up on me, girl you got me in a trance/You got me reaching out to grab that pretty.../ask me no questions, though I can't tell no lies"), and it's family safe. Sadly, they follow it up with something explicit ("Now if you t'ink you know what I'm talkin' 'bout/you know that you step up, you gonna get that ass laid out"), which essentially makes the song moot.

The rest of the album, however, is quite good and does not step down to the evel of "Party Going Out". It is, after all, party music, so most of it is safe and in the vein of Inner Circle and Third World. John Solomon's vocals are decent and will appeal to fans of 311 and Sublime, but it is the musicians on the CD, including drummer Todd Corrente and bassist David "Chappy" Mico that make this a worthwhile listen. These guys can play root reggae as good as anyone else, and in fact I would not mind hearing a dub album from these guys, with nothing but instrumentals. If someone were to get these guys in a studio with Twilight Circus Sound System they could get a decent following outside of their core audience.

Hawaiians, both local and transplants, will find something in this music to embrace, even if some of the lyrics seem a bit formulaic and dated. Fortunately the musicianship and production make up for it.

pearly shell

Different, new, with upbeat sound, with the melody of an ukelele, most important,its not corney, Fits society today. Its real, I like it!!!

Michael M.

The Instrumentation is very unique in style and changes throughout the CD. This
Island Lion takes a new look at Pau Hana and twists them to yet another realm altogether! The Lyrics and Harmony's By Mr Solomon are Great along with the vocal antics of Mr Aiono and Shannon Kaupoa. The Instrumentation is very unique in style and changes throughout the CD. This CD will grow on you! I love it - Keep on the right track guys!!!

John Berger - Star Bulletin - Honolulu

Review which appeared in the Star Bulletin on 6/29/07
"Island Lion"
Pau Hana
(Island Lion Publishing)
"Island Lion" finds Pau Hana boldly going where, well, many Jawaiian and local reggae bands have gone before, but the octet is making the journey without the dead weight of generic pop-chart remakes. There's just enough ukulele in the instrumental arrangements, and sufficient local references in the lyrics, to establish the group's island origins.
Lead vocalist John Solomon is the primary lyricist, but Hagoth Aiono also has a good ear for lyrics. Credit Solomon with the noteworthy pun involving the word "pride" in the title song, and Aiono for the whimsical lyric images of local life found in "Dipping in the Lolo." The latter is one of several contemporary songs that blend elements of reggae, Hawaiian and hapa-haole music in effective style. One of the others, "In the Mood," makes masculine lust sound sincere and nonexploitative; it also shows the group's knack for harmonies.

Pau Hana shows its musical savvy by using commercial mainstream reggae rhythm to deliver an anti-violence message with "Three Plus Five," and demonstrates the musicians' talents with the instrumental bridge on "Soia."

keahi boy

Pau Hana never lets you down! They keep the island flavor with their uke and awesome harmony. My favorite song has to be "No".