2005 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner! Jazz Album of the Year
Owana Salazar brings together a tantalizing taste of two cultures in a testament of musical cohesion. Selection of songs for the recording runs the gamut from Charles E. King to Cole Porter. The title cut is an original Owana Salazar composition. Hula Jazz is a kaleidoscope of musical styling from "Lei Lokelani" which I.D's Owana's Hawaiian roots to sultry bossa nova, swing jazz combos, trips to Latin sambas, blues and of course Hawaiian classics, with an added groove. Vocally Owana's diversity may surprise you for the ornaments she applies stray from familiar Hawaiian mele, but that's the jazz of it.
Wahine Slack ‘n Steel
2003 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner! Hawaiian Contemporary Album of the Year
Featuring Hawaiian slack key classics and original music. Notes a fan: “Owana Salazar is a fabulous instrumentalist and a wonderful singer, and all of her talents are on display here. Her slack key playing is dripping with Hawaiian soul, and the sweet sounds she coaxes from her steel guitar only confirm that she's one of Jerry Byrd's proteges. And her voice is gorgeous.”
Owana Salazar’s solo debut CD immediately garnered two Na Hoku Hanohano nominations -- Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her talents as a singer, slack key guitarist, and composer were in delightful evidence, on such songs as: Pupukea explores the different characteristics of the ocean on O‘ahu’s renowned North Shore while Kula Morning” takes you to upcountry Maui; Na Wai shares playful poetic expressions of love’s different experiences, full of Hawaiian kaona (hidden meanings); and Silhouette Hula reveals Owana’s jazzier side--a sultry hapa-ha`ole piece, nestled in the early jazz years of Hawaiian music
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The Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -Volume 2
Winner! 2010 GRAMMY® Award, Best Hawaiian Music Album. Featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Owana Salazar, Kawika Kahiapo, Jeff Peterson, Daniel Ho with special guests: Richard Ho`opi`i, Bobby Ingano.
The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Nominee Grammy® Award -2009. Featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Owana Salazar, Daniel Ho with special guests: Richard Ho`opi`i, Bobby Ingano, Norton Buffalo and Herb Ohta Jr.
Winner! 2008 GRAMMY® Award, Best Hawaiian Music Album. Featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Martin Pahinui, Owana Salazar, Daniel Ho, Keoki Kahumoku and Da Ukulele Boys with special guests: Richard Ho`opi`i, Bobby Ingano.
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