Born into a family well versed in music and deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, Owana possesses the ability to reach out in song to intimately embrace her audience. Her profound interpretation of Hawaiian classics, traditional and contemporary music and jazz standards, is truly a reflection of her ancestry and upbringing in knowledge and culture. No matter what genre of music Owana performs, she will bring the listener to an unforgettable experience.
Her first recording in 1986, “Owana and Ka`ipo, In Kona” was final ballot nominee in the category of Most Promising Artist in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, an island music industry salute. The following year, her second recording, “Owana”, was final ballot nominee for Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.
Be sure to look at the lyrics and translations available on this site. “Pupukea” describes different characteristics of the ocean on the renowned North Shore of O`ahu; “Kula Morning” takes you upcountry Maui, gazing from mountain to the sea; “Na Wai” a playful poetic expression of loves different experiences, full of Hawaiian kaona (hidden meanings); “Kalamaula” celebrates the early homesteading movement of the Hawaiian people; “Silhouette Hula” a sultry hapa-ha`ole piece, nestled in the early jazz years of Hawaiian music.
Owana has performed in different parts of the world: Japan, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, America and, of course, Hawai`i. In January 2000, Owana was the first woman to tour with the Hawaiian Slack Key Festival along with George Kahumoku, Jr., Keoki Kahumoku and Daniel Ho. They enjoyed numerous sold out performances at the theaters and concert halls.
Owana is currently completing her new CD, “Wahine Slack n’ Steel” set for release in late summer 2002. This recording showcases her skills and pure love of song, slack-key and steel guitar. Undoubtedly, the release of her new recording will be celebrated during the October 2002 Slack Key Tour when she tours for one month with Slack Key great, Led Ka`apana.
Owana Salazar uses the following tunings: