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New songbook released in honor of late Native Hawaiian composer Kui Lee

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

 “INTANGIBLE DREAM, THE KUI LEE SONGBOOK,” is a melodic walk through 25 beautiful songs from Kui’s early days in New York City at the Lexington Hotel as a Fire Knife Dance, to his island days. His most famous, “I’ll Remember You” was recorded by Elvis Presley, Andy Williams and many others including Don Ho. In his early years, Kui performed on Kauai at Club Jetty, Kanaka Pete’s on Maui, Honey’s in Kaneohe, (Don’s  mom owned the bar) and The Queens Surf main showroom, as well as the Barefoot Bar with Sterling Mossman. The Waikiki Shell was his final live performance in concert during Aloha Week in the sixties. 

The Kui Lee songbook is a musical tribute to the great Native Hawaiian Composer, Kui Lee by Ron Ka-ipo. Recorded at Pacific Music Productions, it is musical perfection honoring the music as it was written and presented with the heart and love of a fellow composer and long -time admirer, Ron Ka-ipo.  Finally, the music of Kui Lee is done as he would have wanted it.  A lot of people have commented that this is “a treasure and should be considered for many Na Hoku nominations, including Best Male Vocalist, Best Engineering, and Best Island Music Album”  Maestro Donald Yap commented, “It is the best thing that Ron has ever done.”

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