“Although the name suggests evidence collected at a crime scene, Manoa DNA is in fact the trio of guitarist Lloyd Kawakami and his sons, Nick and Alex. With Hoku award-winning record producer Roy Sakuma as their producer/mentor, this acoustic-based group is off to a good start.”
-John Berger, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The debut album for Manoa DNA, “Follow Me” introduces listeners to the acoustic harmonies that the band is known for. Featuring mostly original compositions, the album also highlights the band’s versatility with folk covers, traditional Hawaiian songs and a song originally performed by local music legends Cecilio & Kapono.
“We really wanted to feature the wide variety of music that we do live,” said Dad, “‘Follow Me’ covers our rock, traditional Hawaiian, and acoustic repertoire very well.”
Cover songs like “Wasted on the Way” (Crosby, Stills, and Nash) and Home (Cecilio & Kapono) give listeners a familiar tune, while nine other original songs establish the group’s own sound and introduce Alex’s writing style. Pay special attention to the original track “If I Ever,” which made it up to number one on major Japanese radio. Also take a special listen to the groups cover of James Kauka’s “Haleakala,” a unique spin that creates a special energy with every playback.
-#1 On Vance K’s Japanese Radio Show Countdown (If I Ever, 2007)
-Adult Contemporary Album of the Year (2006 Hawaii Music Awards)
-Contemporary Album of the Year Nominee (2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards)
-Most Promising Artist Nominee (2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards)