A longtime fan of classic Hawaiian music, I recently finally made it over to the islands for a bit of relaxation in what is affectionately known as "Hawaiian time." I brought along several CDs of classic Hawaiian music, including the super-mellow "slack key" guitar style (where the strings are tuned down to odd open tunings and played wither with a steel slide, or with complicated fingerpicking) as well as the older hot picking of the guitar and ukulele wizards of the 1920s and '30s, who brought Hawaiian music to vaudeville and made the style an international craze. This disc is an outstanding set of vintage Hawaiiania, ranging from languid slack key and trick guitar work to stellar examples of the distinctive "leo ki'eki'e" falsetto vocals (particularly a remarkable live performance by Genoa Keawe, who hits the heights of the style). This disc is thankfully slanted towards older material, and includes many giants of the island music scene: Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Lena Machado, Sol Hoopii, Tau Moe and others. It's a great introduction to the music, and stacks up pretty well to other similar collections such as "TICKLING THE STRINGS" and "ON A COCONUT ISLAND" on other labels. Highly recommended... a perfect album for a drive by the beach or an afternoon at home.