"Listen to the velvet baritone voice, lifted on the warm tradewinds, each line weaving an image of romance. Hawaiian songs from vintage to newly composed, lyrics in the language of the land, and songs from our collective memory. Unforgettable." —Excerpt from CD liner notes of Gary's new CD, "Poina 'Ole 'Ia."
Gary's new CD, "Poina 'Ole 'Ia (Unforgettable)" is a reflection of his diverse singing styles and interests. From traditional Hawaiian mele to Broadway tunes, songs old and new, Gary delivers his heart-stopping renditions that are sure to please.
The main selection "Poina 'Ole 'Ia" is Gary's rendition of "Unforgettable," a song made popular by Nat "King" Cole and memorialized by his daughter Natalie Cole many years later. This song, done by Gary in both Hawaiian and English, features a translation done in 1993 by Aunty Malia Craver. Regarding the translation, Aunty Malia says, "As you know that most of the haole songs and its terms we do not have in Hawaiian, neither do we think poetically alike. As a result, it's difficult to translate them." The translation is Aunty Malia's best effort in trying to make sense of the song in Hawaiian.
The liner notes by Lynn Cook include Gary's personal comments about why he selected each song on his CD. The selections include a duet with his neice, Pomaika'i Keawe Lyman, and a guest appearance by his brother, Eric Keawe, singing one of their mother's favorite songs. Backing Gary up on the CD are Alan Akaka and Patrick "Kaipo" Asing.
Poina 'Ole 'Ia was released on September 6, 2012, and was featured in a recent Harry B. Soria's Territorial Airwaves broadcast. This show featured an on-air interview with Gary and several CD selections.
Obtain your copy of Gary's CD at the Keawe 'Ohana Show, Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel Resort and Spa's Moana Terrace each Thursday from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. Gary's CD is also available at select retail outlets in Hawaii. The CD is also available online from Hawaii sources Me Ke Aloha and Mele.com. Nationally, Gary's CD is available from online music stores CD Baby and iTunes (iTunes client required and available from iTunes.