Music Time – Local Music Of The 70’s

Mar 3, 2014

I think we all agree that the 70’s was one of the best times for music.  Not just for pop and top 40, but for the local scene too.  And we were fortunate to be growing up right in the midst of all this talent.  Little did we know that these tunes would be forever ingrained in our memory – stirring up the emotions that we were feeling at the time – even to this day.


Isn’t music wonderful how it can transport us back in time?


And who doesn’t want to be taken back to the 70’s.  It was such a “righteous” time!


Does this Kui Lee song take you back to prom night?  It does for me.  I can almost smell the 7-strand pikake lei that the girls were wearing and the maile lei on us guys.


This is a song from a little known band named George StreetGail Mack is the singer and I think her voice is comparable to Karen Carpenter.  She’s that good.  Fortunately, Gail Mack and Gordon Kim are still performing today.  Check out their website at:  I had the privilege of talking story with Gail one night and I asked her about the story behind this song.  Interestingly enough, it was after the song was written that all the events in the song happened.


This one’s for you Dancetta Feary.  So many hits from Kalapana.  But this is the first song from the first album.  A classic.


Here’s another one that I love, love, love.  Summer and New Year’s Eve – 1976


Country Comfort – Title cut: Sunlight, Moonlight.  I had to have this album.  If not for the mellow sounds of Country Comfort, but for the album cover of them cruising at the taxi stand just down the street from where I grew up.  I still remember the black jitney cabs parked behind the building.  And you know what?  The songs from this classic album far outweighs my fondness for the album cover.


I saw these 2 guys playing at a party at someone’s house.  They were awesome.  When they came out with an album, I just had to have it.  Toma/Natto made a name for themselves in the 70’s.  And every so often, you can still catch Toma/Natto playing together today.  Dave Toma and Richard Natto.


And a duo that was popular (to say the least) back in the 70’s whose music still lives on today: Cecilio & Kapono.  Everyone – and I mean everyone – had their first album.  When I hear this song, it always takes me back to the time we were coming home after spending a day – a Sunday – surfing on the north shore.  The cassette was playing as we rode along the Windward coast, in the afternoon shadows of the Koolaus, heading back to our friends house where we’d hang out, maybe bar-b-que something, and watch the day – the whole weekend – come to a close.


Sometimes a song can be inspirational.  Like when you come to a crossroad and don’t know what to do.  Of course you want choose the right road.  But unless you Follow Your Road, you may never know.  Pauline Wilson and Seawind

I was fortunate to have this photo-op with Pauline Wilson.
Me and Pauline Wilson


And this medley from the Mackey Feary Band album (1978) – still messes with my emotions today.  I’ll just leave it at that…


So what local bands, duo, solo artists from the 70’s did you listen to?  There are so many more that I did not mention.  And what songs of theirs are your favorites?  What memory does that song bring to mind today?  Don’t worry if you list something that someone else has already listed – each of us have a different reason for liking a song.

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158 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. KAN
    March 4th, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Possibly Sweetie’s favorite song from this era, largely because of the great flute solo

    “Nightbird,” Kalapana

  2. KAN
    March 4th, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    “The Snows of Mauna Kea,” Jay Larrin

  3. KAN
    March 4th, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    This one just squeaks in under the ’70s wire:

    “Cheryl Moana Marie,” John Rowles

    (I think he sounds like Engelbert Humperdinck.)

  4. Hawaiian by heart
    March 4th, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    @Mark Shelby

    Itz ok to disagree just don’t be disagreeble. We pono brah. :-)


    Howzit sistah, guud to see ya.

  5. Hawaiian by heart
    March 4th, 2014 at 6:40 pm #


    You have some interesting tastes uncle, I read in past topics you listen to asian music? Any 70s pop etc from asia dat is guud?

  6. Mark'75
    March 4th, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Rod Young – Puka Shells
    no link :(

  7. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    I tried to look it up for you Mark. So far I have found this. But it’s not a lot of help. At least the lyrics are there and seems Rod Young posting here. And this looks like a fun site. Click “home” once there too.

  8. Mark'75
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    @KAN: Thanks! “Song For Anna” brought back a memory. Junior year at Kaimuki, there was a talent show. Sally’s classmate blew everyone away with his rendition of this song. Everyone was in awe!

  9. Mark'75
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    @Mark Shelby: Thanks! It’s a hard song to find. But what a craze there was with everyone combing the beaches for puka shells, no?

  10. Mark'75
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Remember SeaFlite commercials with this song playing in the background?
    Olomana – Seabird

  11. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Mark’75….yup! I was one Puka shell hunter on the North Shore. My friends and I made shifts out of one inch square style chicken wire. We would go up to Sunset all day long and on our hands and knees we would sift for puka shells. The last once would just walk along the beach and look down. We were serious Braddah! I even sold them for a while. Then one day, no more puka shells. All picked over. I think then they started shipping them from the Philippines. And those were never the same like we had in the good old dayz!

  12. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:21 pm #


    The lazy ones would just walk along the beach and look down. We were serious Braddah!

  13. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    picking up puka shells in hawaii (shhh! it’s a secret)

    I know this is a newer song. The point of the video is to help us all remember our good old puka shell hunting dayz! Hey! They found my favorite spots!

  14. Mark'75
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Mackey Feary Band – Island Smile

  15. Mark'75
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Mackey Feary Band – Still There With You

  16. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    I always liked Mackey. I am still not sure how he went so astray at the end. That was sad.

  17. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    I could never understand all of this in his last years. He had it made! I always went to their concerts at the Shell. I was there that night when he got bailed out of jail just in time for the concert. Everyone was worried.

    Mackey Feary

  18. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Mackey Feary Band “Powerslide” (Full Version)

    This is when I thought Mackey and Carlos Santana could have been cousins…..hehe

  19. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    HO! How can you not love these awesome guys! They nail it every time!

    Kalapana / Mackey Feary & Nite Life ♪ Everything Is Love

  20. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Cant remember if I shared this before. I just love this! So Hana Hou!

    Kalapana- What Do I Do (Live)

  21. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    I don’t think I have seen this posted yet. Remember Illusions? Not one of my favorites of theirs. But interesting. Not many videos to find of them. They were almost a style at times that was a left over from Woodstock days. That’s what I thought anyway.

    “Not Yet” by Illusion (USA, 1974)

  22. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Rememba this beautiful voice? I could never get enough of her!

    Momi Riley … “Light” (Aloha Got Soul mix)

  23. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    OK……I know this is off topic. And this is current music. But this is so adorable I thought I just had to share for ALL of OUR MLC! It fits right in with us, guys and girls…..

    Ben & Maila “Are You Still Gonna Love Me?”

    If da link no worky….I try again. This YouTube page stay funny. All kine multiple songs hea.

  24. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Hey! Does dis qualify fo local kine music?…..hehe
    OK…..maybe this was 1968. But I am having fun with it!

    Hawaii Five 0 Intro

    Remember those fun days? Had to race home to watch Hawaii~50… VHS Recorder! Or Beta Max!

  25. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    OH WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just found one of my ALL Time Favorites!

    Country Comfort Sunlite Moonlite

    Not trying to over post….Just so fun to find all of these good old songs.

  26. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    OH Ya Braddahs!

    Country Comfort – Hello Waimanalo

    I just Love Waimanalo!

  27. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    OH My Gosh! I just found another one of my ALL Time Favorites!!!!!

    Country Comfort – Make It With You

  28. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Country Comfort – Waimanalo Blues

    Oh Ya Braddahs!

  29. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Oops….already posted. So Hana Hou!…..hehe Looking too hard tonight……hehe

  30. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    ….LOL! I can’t believe what I just found. I think I some how remember this. But that would be totally Embarrassing!……LOL


  31. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 11:45 pm #


    Hilo Rain Kapena Hot Hawaiian Nights

  32. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    Kapena – “Don’t say good bye ”

    I Love Tahiti!

  33. Mark Shelby
    March 4th, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Kapena – ” Crazy !!! ”


  34. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Do you remember this?

    Rod Dannys – ” Ku’u Kapena Kele ”

    I remember the people dancing in the background. And the Large fake Fan.

  35. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Rod Danny’s – ” Lei Pikake ”

  36. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Some fun history!

    Society of Seven at the Outrigger Hotel on BBTS episode #217

    Did you ever go to da show? I did.

  37. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Society of Seven — Welcome To My World

  38. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Danny Couch – You Are the Best of My Life

    So many good times to remember!

  39. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    These Islands by Danny Couch

  40. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    Danny Couch I love Hawaii

    I actually remember this performance…..but the song goes way back!

  41. Mark Shelby
    March 5th, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Can I go juz a little pass 1979……to 1984. These girlz were so awesome!

    Na Leo Pilimehana – I Miss You My Hawaii

    A great song we all live by!

  42. M
    March 5th, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Ash Wed!

  43. khs68
    March 5th, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    I remember hearing this song on the radio and at concerts during the 70’s. Beautiful song by Eddie Kamae.
    E Ku’u Morning Dew

  44. khs68
    March 5th, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    There was a private club house on Kapiolani Blvd across from Hausten St. turned into a club called “Da Funny Farm”. We would go over to my friend’s house, sit in the garage, smoke cigarettes and listen to The Spirits playing this song:
    Double Shot

  45. cmo
    March 5th, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    One of my cousins from Honolulu sent me the first Kalapana album (we did not have record stores in my town on Big Island). Of course, C&K’s aloha shirt album was HUGE and Country Comfort…thanks all for the great, great local musical memories. I loved just about every single post here and have various stories and connections also.
    Some of my favorites not yet mentioned: “Love Will Forget” by Summer, “Home” by Olomana, “Juliette” Kalapana, “He Loves You” Seawind, “Mama” Country Comfort, “Look into Your Eyes” Country Comfort, “Pua Mana” Beamer Brothers, “Days of My Youth” Kui Lee and Don Ho, I also liked C&K covers of songs written by Hall and Oates, Boz Scaggs, Stevie Wonder.

  46. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 12:22 am #

    Great post CMO! I Totally agree Braddah! You nailed it!

  47. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    “Never, Never, Never” by Kaleo O Kalani

  48. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    Kaleo O Kalani “The best thing that ever happened to me”

  49. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    Simplisity – You Look Wonderful Tonight

    Rememba dees Braddahs?

  50. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    Peter Moon Band ” Flying ” Harbor Lights

  51. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    Gabby Pahinui & Peter Moon – Waialae

    Have you seen this before? Good advice. Gabby always smiling when playing. This is like a live street view concert. Wow! Good history!

  52. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 1:12 am #


    This is like a worship service every time he sings!

  53. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Sweet Memory / E Pili Mai

    Rare……Gabby is actually speaking in English in this song…..Remember these concerts?

  54. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 1:47 am #

    Peter Moon Band ” Ballad Of Keawaiki ”

  55. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    Cool Change ” My Love ” Cool Change

  56. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    Palani Vaughan – Ipo Lei Manu

  57. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Good old time song! I have Loved for years!!

    Jerry Santos & Wally Suenaga – Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u

  58. Mark Shelby
    March 6th, 2014 at 2:23 am #

    Jerry Santos – Ku’u Lei Awapuhi

    One good old song……so it qualifies. It doesn’t get better than this!

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