About Call It What You Like...
His chanting style is powerful, driven by ancestral traditions,
and is best experienced on tracks "Ka Pua Hau o Maleka,"
" 'Onipa'a Ka Pua o Ka Hala," and "Wai'oli."
...a mana'o with expected appeal to hula dancers ... there is ceremonial
reverence to the chant, notably on "He Inoa No Lili'uokalani,"
an exceptional mele inoa (name song) ... the liner is loaded with
lyrics that enhance the joys of appreciating each chant.
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About Po'okela Chants
"Inventive yet familiar; peculiar yet intriguing; dignified
yet unrestrained; bizarre to the senses, yet intense to the soul.
Mark Keali`i Ho`omalu...has caught the islands by storm with his
bold and unique treatment of Hawaiian literary performance... While
the majority of selections feature vocals and ipu accompaniment,
some have been enhanced with strings and guitar work. Cultural themes
range from the divine splendor of Keaomelemele, goddess of the clouds,
to tributes to Hawai`i's seventh sovereign in 'Holo Ana `O
Kalakaua' and 'Kalakaua He Inoa.'"
Kumu Hula Manu Boyd