See the Flame CD Release

See the Flame  - Music for Human Rights

Hilo, Hawai`i - Kumanu, an innovative music group from the island of Hawai'i, has released a new CD entitled See the Flame. Kumanu’s global fusion music is the driving force of this recording and their message comes through loud and clear. It is vibrant music with a positive take on a world facing global environmental and social problems.

See the Flame was recorded in support of the work of Amnesty International and to promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See the Flame carries on the vision of Kumanu to address issues that affect our local and global community. 

In 2004 Kumanu released the CD We Are `Ohana-Songs of Hope to support others in Hawai`i who were working on the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and addiction. We Are 'Ohana was highly acclaimed and local music critic John Burnett stated, "It is the best written, conceived and produced pop CD recorded to date on the Big Island."

In 2007 the group released Earth Patriot that spoke about our collective responsibility to protect the earth and to address global problems such as climate change, hunger and war. In April 2008 music from Earth Patriot was played at Earth Day events across the country.

Kumanu strongly believes that music can be a catalyst for change and empowerment. They believe that See the Flame can help motivate others to take action in the cause of justice and human rights.

“As a member of Amnesty International I am honored to be involved with the recording of See the Flame,” said Howard Shapiro executive producer for the CD.  “I have been writing and recording music for over 30 years about issues such as human rights.  I believe that our country should live up to its ideals concerning the human rights of our citizens and those around the world.”

Copies of See the Flame have been sent to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and to Amnesty International offices around the world.  Copies of See the Flame have also been sent to schools in Hawai`i to share with students the importance of learning about human right issues.  Music from See the Flame was used to inspire others to take action in the cause of justice and freedom and at events around the world December 10, 2008, the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For more information about ordering Kumanu’s See the Flame CD please phone 808.985.8725, e-mail or visit


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