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Album Review

That special feeling you get whenever you visit the Hawaiian Islands is very apparent when you listen to Hawaiiana. The stunningly beautifulTia Carrere sings a lovely set of songs in her native language accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Daniel Ho, whom you may also remember from Kilauea fame. "Aloha 'Oe," the timeless composition written by Hawaii's last reigning monarch Queen Liliu'okalani, opens this gorgeous set of Hawaiian standards. Carrere's voice is soft and inviting, bringing forth the essence of the well-known farewell used by native islanders. "Pupu Hinuhinu," Nona Beamer's lullaby about shiny shells was written for the children in her family but has become a favorite among all of Hawaii's children. Carrere brings an adorable playfulness to her rendition that is sure to appeal to the inner child in you. "Ulili E" is a harmonic and rhythmic delight on which Carrere sings lovingly about birds running along the shore. With her vocals beautifully arranged and re-harmonized via Daniel Ho's masterful guitar work and dubbing, this song is a serene and melodic masterwork. Overall, the mellowness and beauty of this recording cannot be overemphasized, so if you can't get to Hawaii, then pick up a copy of the next best thing — Hawaiiana — and let Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho take you there courtesy of their special collaborations.

Customer Reviews


Tia has a beautiful voice as always. However, I wish she did not choose Hawaiian music as her genre, because as a Native Hawaiian, her pronunciation is atrocious. Great for those who love "world" music, but for the true "Hawaiian music" lover - donʻt bother. She has been away from home too long and needs a refresher course.

Nice voice

From one local girl to another, right on. Didn't know she could sing. She sounds great. She should have done more english type songs. Her Hawaiian pronunciation is not good. She should have worked with a native speaker before doing this. In all she sings well.

a warm and mellow voice

I was frankly surprised to see an album with this title from Ms Carrere, knowing her only from her roles in the Wayne's World movies... I love Hawaiian music, and was happy to hear both old favorites like Ulili E and songs I had not heard yet, like He Aloha Mele. What's more, her voice is warm and inviting, and the production so simple and clean, that I found myself very calm and happy as I listened. The only song that seemed odd was Sing, although the arrangement with ukulele is beautiful. I can only hope Ms Carrere does more Hawaiian music, as her voice is wonderfully suited to it.


Born: January 2, 1967 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Though her role as the unlikely girlfriend of the eponymous dunderheaded character in Wayne's World (1992) would propel actress/model/singer Tia Carrere into what was seemingly an overnight success, the multi-talented entertainer had been appearing onscreen and making a name for herself as a vocalist since the mid-'80s. A native of Oahu (born Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo) who received her primary education at the Sacred Hearts Academy, Carrere first gained recognition at the well-known local talent...
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