"'Ukulele Legacy" By Ohta-San & Herb Ohta, Jr.

Ohta-San & Herb Ohta, Jr.
“‘Ukulele Legacy”

Lele Music Productions (LMPCD 1007)

2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominee:
(ʻUkulele Album of the Year)

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Executive Producer - Lele Music Productions
Producer - Ohta-San, Herb Ohta, Jr., & DJ Pratt
Engineering, Mixing, Mastering - DJ Pratt
Photography - Ken Munakata
Graphics - Yuko Porter, Media etc.
Recorded at: Blue Planet Sounds


Families and relationships, it’s the way of life in Hawaii. While life may take us on separates journeys, we are fortunate enough to see our paths cross from time to time. Years and distance may separate us, but it makes rediscovering one another all the more special, as we celebrate the definition of what we call ‘Ohana.

The 1960’s are what Hawaiians often reflect on as the “Golden Age” of Waikiki. Performers graced the showrooms of the legendary hotels across Waikiki’s famous beach. Locals and tourists alike would flock to see the likes of Kui Lee, Don Ho, Carole Kai, Al Harrington and many more. One of the steady acts was none other than the ukulele legend, Ohta San, the man often credited for the surge of ukulele’s popularity worldwide. For a few years, our father, Alvin, was at this side as his bassist and vocalist at the tail end of Waikiki’s heyday. Though a lifetime ago, dad would often reminisce about those times with Ohta San allowing us to relive some of those moments in time.

Fast forward thirty years later and we find ourselves reconnecting with Ohta San through his son, Herb Ohta Jr. Our brief contact as children had no indication of how endearing our two families would become. We work, laugh, cry and share meals with one another in the true sense of family. Present throughout our bond is the ukulele. Uncle Herb kindled the flame on that fateful day he hired our father and it continues to burn as we, together with Herb, Jr., journey into the future.

“’Ukulele Legacy” is a rare collection of Ohta-San and Herb, Jr., playing together, on an all original soundtrack. “’Ukulele Legacy” brings together two styles and generations, allowing us to share in this long anticipated father and son’s labor of love.

Aloha e
Alan & Paul Okami

Vice President(s)
KoAloha, Inc.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Friday May 12, 2013

Island Mele
Review By John Berger

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Ohta's Let Their Ukes Sing On Father-and-Son Album

Hawaii's music has been enriched by the contributions of several families in which talent extends from one generation to the next. This aptly named album by Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta and his son, Herb Ohta Jr., is an excellent example. Ohta-san stands unchallenged as the most prolific ukulele virtuoso of the past half-century. Herb Jr. is an accomplished musician in his own right. They team up here to revisit 11 songs written or co-written by Ohta-san.

The junior Ohta describes the album as "my way of paying tribute … to my friend, my teacher, and my idol." Ohta-san writes, "This is a family affair. Music provided by father and son."

Either way, this nahenahe (sweet, melodious) music deserves attentive listening. Take it all in — the melodic interplay between father and son on clean, acoustic arrangements — and behold what great players can achieve without electronic add-ons. With Ohta-san and Ohta Jr., the purity of the instrument wins out.