Like alot of locals growing up “Hawaiian Music” was played on Aloha Fridays, 105.1FM, clean house sundays, Luau’s, 1st baby parties, Beach, or just when your parents would put on the records. I was blessed my Dad played music with and worked along side many great Hawaiian Legends, he also had all the records! One being, Peter Moon, he is a staple in shifting Hawaiian Music from traditional into mixing different vibes & styles. I first heard of his music through Sunday Manoa.
“Pua Lilia” always gave me chicken skin cause you know one pretty Hawaiian Aunty gonna jam da Hula a couple chicks from one Halau gonna get up and dance. Another garens jam was “Kawika” which was a standard in “Kamehameha Schools” if you no can pick the first couple bars den you better put down the Ukulele, i put it down (i can jam Surf, LOL).
As much as i loved The Sunday Manoa, it was when The Cazimero Brother’s peaced out and then The Peter Moon band was formed with various lead singers such as Martin Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui, & Randy Lorenzo. At first i was confused cause i thought Peter Moon was singing, but he was more like the conductor/composer. Genius. Choke tracks i could post but this one comes to mind, “Island Love” a killer cut.
Uncle Peter Moon, created countless jems. I find it amazing that Hawaiian Music can encompass elements of Folk, Country, Rock, and Funk. The world really don’t give our music the credit it deserves. Anyway, the song that captivates and moves me the most is “Keawaiki” from the first few cords it automatically hits the soul in an area not often touched.
The melodies and the thick rhythm of the instruments topped with the smooth voice of Randy Lorenzo, brah. When my daughter was born, i knew that i would name her “Keawaiki”…”she gives me love and piece of mind”. This ones for you Braddah Peter Moon, you was one Killah musician that no one could F wit in Hawaii and The World. I just hope one day the World will appreciate your greatness and i can take from your legacy and apply that to Hawaii Hip-Hop. Livicated to Peter Moon. Don’t Sleep.