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Hawaiian Kiddie Luau

Hawaiian Kiddie Luau

Fall 2007 Music
Ages: 3 & Up
CD Price: $16.99
Review:
Hula is a dance form accompanied by chant or song, developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians settlers. The chant or song is called a mele; the hula dramatizes or comments on the mele. Hawaiian Kiddie Luau features twelve tracks, ten different songs; two repeated with different singers and instrumentation for "sing-a-long" purposes. Classics such as "Pearly Shells," "The Hukilau Song," and "Little Grass Shack" are all well represented with songs professionally recorded and performed by musicians such as Jared Roback, Mary Lynn Goode, Marguerite Heart, Ronda Rice and Keiki. The CD booklet includes brief explanations of Hula dance steps and hand and hip movement, depicted by little girls in real traditional dress. Lyrics are included for the album's three "sing-a-long" songs. Produced in Hawaii by the Kuleana label, this is an appropriate and respectful introduction to Hawaiian music and dance for children (in spite of it's cover illustration).
Lahri Bond   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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