Running Time: approximately 35 minutes
Features: Multilingual liner notes
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Putumayo Kids presents Hawaiian Playground, a lively collection that explores the playful side of Hawaii's musical offerings. With selections featuring the sounds of ukuleles, steel guitars and harmonious vocals, this album is as colourful as the islands which inspired it.
The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and their traditional Polynesian heritage still plays a key role in their music making today. Energetic performances and exploration with unique instruments first helped the music gain attention in the United States. Now, with an increased variety of distinctive styles, the music of these islands has become recognized and appreciated all over the world.
Hawaiian Playground is a truly family-friendly compilation. Children will love singing along to Keali'i Reichel's 'Toad Song' and bouncing around to Willie K's 'Holoholo Kaa' while parents might find themselves daydreaming about escaping to these warm tropical islands to the classic Hawaiian stylings of Robi Kahakalau and Raiatea. Songs from Hawaiian artists Ehukai and Imua make us feel at home as they sing about their love and appreciation for their island homes.The CD also includes tracks from mainland artists who have incorporated Hawaiian sounds into their music. New York's The Moonlighters and Joe McDermott of Texas encourage listeners to get away to the shady palms and sandy beaches of Hawaii. Two of Hawaii's local fan favorites, Justin Young and Teresa Bright, round out this charming collection.
Along with this release, the Putumayo Kids website offers a free, downloadable 5-page Hawaiian Playground Teaching Guide
for teachers and parents to use in conjunction with the CD. There is also a Hawaiian Playground Map
available for download.
A portion of Putumayo's proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to Parents and Children Together (PACT) Hawaii in support of its efforts to promote and support individuals, families, and communities.
- The Moonlighters, Right On
- Willie K, Holoholo Ka'a
- Ehukai, Moloka'i Slide
- Teresa Bright, The Cockeyed Mayor of Kaunakakai
- Justin Young, Pule O'o
- Joe McDermott, Come to Hawaii
- Raiatea, Po La'ila'i
- Robi Kahakalau, Pi'i Mai Ka Nalu
- Imua, Local to the Max
- Keali'i Reichel, Toad Song
Putumayo Kids invites you to download the song lyrics
, including English translations. To hear excerpts from this album, please click here
. (Clicking will take you to the Putumayo Kids website.)
About the Publisher: Putumayo Kids
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colourful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary.
Putumayo Kids is the children's and educational division of Putumayo World Music. As one of the leading children's record labels, Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to other cultures through music from around the world.
With its growing collection of CDs featuring multilingual liner notes, Putumayo Kids produces music that entertains, educates and inspires cultural curiosity. More than 3 million Putumayo Kids CDs have been sold around the world. At least one percent of the CD sales benefit non-profit groups that support children, families, schools and other charities. Putumayo World Music has contributed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations that do good work in the regions where the music originates.
The Playground series is jam-packed with upbeat sounds for dancing and playtime. The Dreamland series blends soft and melodic tunes to help soothe and relax children when it is time to unwind.