Taking the trip back to Martha's Vineyard three times in nine months, WOW! A cultural, serene and transcendent experience it was for me to meet/greet the Ho'kulea Malama Honua Voyage. With Uncle Sam Low, local author/film
Alright folks, here it is as the Hokule'a Crew arrives on the shores of Martha's Vineyard June 28, 2016. Three great days to start off the town's festivities with greetings from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Massachusetts
How cool is that as teachers in Edgartown, Massachusetts encouraged their students to create an art project map involving tracking status of the Hokule'a voyage on the East Coast. As a matter of fact the Hokule'a voyage crew will be arriving on the shores of Martha's Vineyard late June/early July. I hear some ukulele strummers and the communities close by, will welcome the HAWAIIANS with open arms. I think I need to show up for this meet and greet if at all possible as I LOVE THE EAST COAST~aloha lives there too! (photos soon)
A great story created by Jack London, directed by Gary Kubota, Monte Scott Perez and actor Moronai Kanekoa. It was heartwarming, touching and brilliant! True story of hawaiian cowboy Kaluaiko'olau and his right to protect his family against political outlaws while facing his son's leprosy ailment and eventually his own fate. Moronai was spectacular as a one man act and to top it off, he's HAWAIIAN! Pretty rare these days to have a actor perform his actual cultural stories. Mahalo piha Gary, Monte and ONIPAA.org for this well shared brave performance. (photos/soon to be posted)
Well my group and I have a bit coming up this summer, whew! Please check my calendar page for an event close to you. A free public event to attend on 5/21-22, will be at the Redwood Hill Farms Annual Tour in Sebastopol, CA. (close to home, yes!) My group will be playing from 11-2pm., both days. Please click link on calendar for more information, also mark 7/9 date as the "LUAU of Summer 2016". Don't wait to get your tickets folks, with a tasty island fare menu to go along with traditional hula and hawaiian music, I am really looking forward to it. Also making time to continue recording my next
Oh my what a great group of ukulele strummers, instructors and aloha everywhere! Had a funtastic time in my workshops of over 200 people, interested in Hawaiian music on the ukulele, the history and language of the islands. I was blown away by the attendance and support by the vendors, The Nuggett Hotel, Instructors and Performers, most of all the attendees Mahalo piha to Doug Reynolds, a wonderful weekend of aloha all around, a nice drive up to Reno too! (photos/video coming soon)
What a fantastic, enthusiastic, exciting group of musically talented and smart elementary students, grades K-3 that I got to meet in Boston! All 400 of them, oh yes as I shared their passion for the ukulele. The questions they asked about the hula implements, the stories behind the art of hula to the making of the ukulele? Very smart little intellectual ones I might add, I enjoyed them immensely daily with their smiles, constant shifting of restlessness around each other on the cafeteria floor.
Am I excited, YES! On way out to some snow and chill for my spring break this week to Boston. Will be teaching grades K-3rd graders simple ukulele instruction, along with some "noho hula" for the kids.
Off to a great onset this year for my Hawaiian music and I am ready to roll with it! A quick mahalo to all for the fabulous 2015 year of music, from the fans, family, friends, my group and fellow musicians.