HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After years of being back-up musicians for other Hawaiian music groups, the duo Waipuna is ready to step into the spotlight. Amy Kalili introduces us to Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat, whose album hits stores today.
Mana'o Pili is the name of Waipuna's first CD. Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat have performed together for nearly two years.
"When we first started we did have a hard time kind of fitting into our mix, because he had his style and I have my style," said Matt Sproat.
Kale came from the award-winning group Ale'a, and has recorded with many of Hawaii's most talented musicians.
"He's one of the greatest bass players I've played with, not just in rhythm, but he's very active," said Matt.
Like Kale, Matt is a versatile performer, but his specialty is in falsetto, said Kale. He's the 2003 falsetto winner of the Kindy Sproat Competition.
Together, Waipuna creates an ecclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music on their debut album Mana'o Pili.
"We're taking songs that have not been recorded or have not been heard for many, many years. And reintroducing it back to the Hawaiian music scene," said Matt.
"We love seeing the slower, ballad music, so this album is chock full of that. But we also have music that'll get you up and going," said Kale.