The first CD release for singer Mailani Makainai, "Mailani" was in 2009. (5 Stars.)
With this stunning release she won the prestigious Na Hoko Hanohano Hawai`ian music
award for best female vocalist of the year.
This is one of the most beautiful Hawai`ian CDs ever.!
These gorgeous songs transport you to Paradise. The Hawai`ian Islands.
Her voice is beautiful and her songs uniquely contemporary Hawai`ian.
The music accompaniment is perfect.
Her best selling CD made her a highly in demand performer.
If you love Hawai`i, then this CD is an absolute must buy.
If you only ever buy one Hawai`ian music CD, this is the one to buy.
Her highly anticipated second CD released "Aina" in 2011. (5 Stars.)
It again has a lovely selection of her original contemporary Hawai`ian songs.
But this time she has added a traditional hula mele and a cover of a Na Leo Pilimehana song.
(When Hawai`ian artists are low on their own Hawai`ian music compositions, they
occasionally add covers of well known English language songs. There are two on this CD.
I personally would prefer this was not done as it spoils the overall feel of the CD.
If fillers are needed. It would be preferable to use traditional hula mele covers.
This way keeping the CD truly enjoyable Hawai`ian. Which is what all true Hawai`ian music fans want
to listen to when they purchase an Hawai`ian music CD.
Save the English language cover songs for an English language cover songs CD.)
Having said that this is still a lovely CD with mainly her own beautiful Hawai`ian
contemporary music. So still recommended.
Her third CD release "Mawana" in 2013 (5 Stars).
Is a mixture of her own contemporary Hawai`ian songs and traditional hula mele.