The importance of fresh water, or wai, is reflected in numerous aspects of Hawaiian culture. Fresh water features prominently in Hawaiian place names, traditional land management systems, mo’olelo (story-telling), and mele (poetry and songs). Hawaiian concepts of water as a vital resource, a source of enjoyment, a symbol for love and life, and a big player in myths and legends abound in traditional and modern song material. This album is a celebration of humanity’s shared reverence for water and an invitation to explore the place of water in today’s world.
Liner Notes(downloadable PDF): Kim Sueoka
Program Consultant: Amy Ku’uleialoha Stillman
Producers: Kim Sueoka and David Burk
CD Graphic Design: Paul Karlson
CD Photography and Illustrations: Kim Sueoka, Dave Kapell, and Paul Karlson
Musical Arrangements: Kim Sueoka and David Burk
Physical CDs are available here (click the “Buy Now” button below),
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Digital downloads available on itunes, amazon, spotify, etc.
Kim Sueoka is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.