Live From Hawaii
Centered in Honolulu, Hawaii, this praise and worship team from the Word of Life Christian Center renders a 13-track project with cultural authenticity, showcasing the universal nature of heartfelt praise.
Produced by Dr. Henry Panion III (Stevie Wonder, Ruben Studdard, UAB Gospel Choir, The Winans, Gospel Goes Classical), the project features a musical cornucopia that will attract both music and worship lovers alike (read interview with Dr. Panion).
With a musical praise that rivals its geographical beauty, Hawaiian praise is well represented with tracks such as "Oli / E Hawai'i E" and the irresistible "Bless You Lord (Hawaiian Praise)", with the former sung in the native Austronesian language, and featuring some unexpected reggae influences.
The Word of Life team presents praise with an enthusiasm that reflects a genuine love for Christ. From the rock infused "Great Day to Be Alive" to the pop-filled "Oh Glory", the uplifting nature of this effort spreads the joy of life to all who listen.
Not limited by mainland worship musical standards, Word of Life comfortably and confidently infuses Hawaiian flavor into their worship presentations. "Hawaiian Praise Drums (Seize Life Intro)" showcases the power of their drum presentations and could stand as its own piece, rather than an intro. However, it serves as an apposite lead in to the energetic "Seize Life".
Guest artist Tim Miner makes his return to the recording scene on the album, with his soulfully rendered "I Believe" being the standout cut.
Word of Life Hawaii successfully presents Hawaiian worship to mainstream America and the world with grace, authenticity, and high quality. Live From Hawaii serves as a reminder that God's love is global and its musical presentation remains relevant among all cultures.
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Word of Life Christian Center / Audiostate 55 Entertainment
— reviewed by Gerard Bonner —
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