“Big Island resident Lito Arkangel is a Persian Gulf War vet and University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate who sings in a beautiful falsetto voice and accompanies himself on ukulele. Dwight Tokumoto (steel guitar) and Elmer “Sonny” Lim Jr. (acoustic guitar and acoustic bass guitar) are the only guests.
Although modern studio technology allows Arkangel to sing all the vocal parts his harmonizing is exquisitely traditionalist. It isn’t likely Hawaii will get a Hawaiian album this year that’s more traditional than this one.
The 12 songs represent two centuries of Hawaiian music. The oldest are 19th century standards — “Hi‘ilawe” and “Ku‘u Pua I Paoakalani.” Among the newest are compositions by Robert Cazimero and Keali‘i Reichel.
“Ku‘u Pua I Paoakalani” is one of several songs that display his falsetto range in memorable style. “E O Mai” and “He Mana‘o Aloha” show that he has a strong and smooth tenor voice too.
Arkangel does a beautiful job with the older songs as well.”
Hawaiian lyrics and English translations are not provided and should be. Perhaps Arkangel will add them to his website www.litoarkgangel.com. ——— John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Thanks for the suggestion, John. Here are the Hawaiian Lyrics with English Translations.