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by Robin Hansson, online editor

The album is an instrumental chop suey ranging from traditional South American songs such as “El Condor Pasa,” to the old hapa-haole hit, “Lahaina Luna.” But don’t believe that the mixing stops there. Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” and Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” are also in the blend, as well as a couple of tracks of her own such as “‘Ukulele Boogie,” and “Inspiration.”

Only two or three tracks can be called Hawaiian. To really appreciate Paiva’s technically complicated music, you must have an interest in either string-based music or the instruments themselves. The album is very hard to label or put in a genre since the different styles are so diverse in comparison to albums where one person writes all the songs. But if pure God-given talent and technical skill is something that gets you going, this is an album to get.

To find out more about Brittni Paiva and her tour dates, visit her Web site at


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