This evening, I had the privilege of participating in a wonderful program, a screening of “Kumu Hina” with a special musical performance by Hawaiian music stars Kealiʻi Reichel and Shawn Pimental, presented by The Ford Foundation and Philanthropy New York. It was a sold out New York crowd.
Grammy Award-Winning Musicians From Hawaii to Perform at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, NJ October 14th, 2014
Chatham, NJ, (September 5, 2014) – The Masters of Hawaiian Music Tour featuring multiple Grammy award-winning artists George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana and Richard Ho‘opi‘i comes to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main Street, Chatham, NJ on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. 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 will benefit St. Paul’s programs and outreach.
Wedding music during your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception sets a mood and reflects the style of your celebration. Your music selection can be a fun way to personalize your special day. While trying to pick songs that move or inspire you, it can be overwhelming with seemingly infinite choices. It is not every day that you and your friends discuss, “What are popular ukulele songs for a wedding ceremony?”
The good news is that Hawaiian music features some of the world’s most beautiful love songs. Be careful though because what sounds like a beautiful song might be a protest song or too risqué when you delve into the lyrics. It pays to do a little homework on Hawaiian songs to make sure that the poetry is befitting of your wedding. Read this article, “Wedding Music Police.” Read more →
In Hawaiian, “kani ka pila” literally means “the instrument (makes a) sound” and has come to be used to describe a backyard jam session. Thanks to Mainstage Center for the Arts and the Township of Gloucester, “Kani Ka Pila” was a night of Hawaiian music and hula featured as part of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Veteran’s Park. It is a rare occasion to have two New Jersey residents headlining a Hawaiian music show in the Garden State. As it turns out, the evening ended up feeling like two separate shows. It was a 2 for 1, and the price was right – FREE!
“Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
we can be”
– John Lennon, Love
This was my first time at SubCulture, an intimate venue in the East Village of New York City. I remain humbled and grateful that HAPA is willing to share their stage with me. The opportunity to share Hawaiian slack key guitar and Hawaiian music in New York City is a tremendous gift, but to have the opportunity granted to me by musicians that I look up to carries even greater weight. I seized the chance to play a song that Uncle Raymond Kane taught me Pua Sadinia, Wahine ‘Ilikea dedicated to the late Uncle Dennis Kamakahi, among others. My wife requested Honolulu City Lights which I forgot to play. Next time, I promise!
The distance between Hawaii and New York is nearly 5,000 miles so “New York Hawaiian” may seem like an oxymoron. But it is possible to find aloha in the Big Apple if you know where to look. Just like in my doctored photo above, if you take a step back from the New York hustle and bustle, you can uncover some “local” surprises.
Over four thousand people attended the first Liberty Festival in 2013. Following that success, New York Outrigger, along with title sponsor Hawaiian Airlines, featured an expanded festival village during the competition where onlookers could interact with the participating crews, watch them launch their racing canoes and get a clear view of the race start and finish. We are very proud to represent Polynesian culture through Hawaiian music and hula in New York City.
“In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.”
It has been a tough week for Hawaiian music. We lost two incredible talents, Uncle Dennis Kamakahi and Chino Montero. I think my friend Kāwika Kahiapo said it best, “I just gotta get over the fact that Dennis and Chino got booked on an earlier flight.”