May Day is Lei Day in New York City

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Thank you to the Church of the Intercession and Nā Lehua Melemele for organizing this wonderful community event. There was hula dancing, lei making, kid activities, art, and more.

It was exciting to screen the film Sons of Hālāwa followed by performances by Jason Poole and Nā Lehua Melemele. I had the pleasure of playing a few songs for PUA ALIʻI ʻILIMA (The Royal ‘Ilima Blossom) and Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka (see video excerpt) before the film screening. Lāʻieikawai is one of my favorite songs.

Hālāwai was a sponsor.

Keo Woolford

Keo Woolford Memorial at LaMaMa in New York City

I am so glad to have been a part of this special evening full of healing friendships and performances. Here is my intro at 11:26.

Robert Cazimero once said, “We all can be made better for daring to dance.” I was a student in Keo’s New York kāne hula class – albeit a remedial student who never graduated beyond basic hula movements. On the other hand, watching Keo dance brought joy… there was bravery, courage, self-belief, and beauty in his movements.

Tonight it is my honor to perform a favorite song of Keo’s… one of Hawaii’s most blessed and beloved songs… Kanaka Waiwai.

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Nathan Aweau Kawika Kahiapo George Kahumoku

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FUNDRAISER BRINGS GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING HAWAIIAN MUSICIANS TO CHATHAM

Chatham, NJ, (January 10, 2017) – Long-time Chatham resident Andy Wang is producing a fundraiser that will present The Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring Grammy award-winning artists George Kahumoku, Jr., Nathan Aweau and David “Kawika” Kahiapo at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham on Monday, February 27, 2017. Tickets for the 7:00 pm show are $25 advance purchase/$30 at the door and can be purchased at http://hawaiian.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Proceeds benefit St. Paul’s programs and outreach.

“This is one of my favorite lineups. I think people will be blown away by the musicianship and storytelling,” said Andy Wang, organizer of the show. These three masters, who perform regularly at the renowned “Slack Key Show®” on Maui, feature Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles with origins in the early 19th century Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy) culture.

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