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"Pua Olena 2022"
"Pua Olena" is my Hawaiian name and also memorable mele. I relearned it from the original song over again and recorded it in this second EP.
I treasure memories of the International 'Ukulele Contest 2019, and awarded Hawaiian Song Award.
I am keep singing Hawaiian songs as I was encouraged from living treasure of Hawaiian Music, Kumu Kuuipo Kumukahi.
This CD includes my favorite four songs as follows,
"Flowers of Paradise" ,
"E Maliu Mai" and
"Love and Honesty"
Singing Hawaiian mele not only heals my soul, but also makes my world deeper.
By singing Hawaiian songs, I hope to be one of the supporters for perpetuating Hawaiian Music.
Naoko Pua Olena Yabushima
Vocal and Ukulele by Naoko Yabushima
Recorded at Studio SOLfA (Sendai)
Recording and Sound Engineer : Takuya Shigemori,
Special Thanks to Kumu Kuuipo Kumukahi,
All our ohana, friends and Hawaiian guardians.
Memories of Hawaiiana Hotel. Aloha.
Japanese singer/ukulele player who loves Hawaii. Sings in Honolulu and Sendai. She gained opportunity to learn the traditional hula and ukulele while studying abroad in Hawaii. Having been healed by soothing Hawaiian music after 3.11, she is always with Hawaiian songs and the ukuleles. She was awarded the Second Prize in Solo-open category and the Special Jury Prize at the International Ukulele Contest 2019 in Hawaii by singing "Pua ʻŌlena". She has performed in Hula Ukulele Festival 2019 and Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2020. Now she is one of the students of Hawaiian Treasure (Kumu Mele) Ku'uipo Kumukahi. She is relearning Hawaiian original music and preparing for a new album. She hopes the sound of the Hawaiian language will resonate in your heart. May your heart filled with aloha.♡ALOHA♡