Hawaiian New York

HAPA and Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nuioka Warm New York City with Hawaiian Music and Hula

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” -Oprah

I’ve been extremely blessed to perform with HAPA on multiple occasions over the past five years. Each time is special, and I am filled with gratitude every time Barry Flanagan so generously shares his stage with me. If my solo guitar of previous years was my opportunity to share aloha, how could I amplify the aloha this year? Well, my answer was to be joined by fellow musicians Claudia Goddard and Chris Davis and the dancers of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima o Nuioka!

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Mariota New York

St. Louis School Celebration in New York for Mariota Family

It was a great privilege to be hired by St. Louis School to bring Hawaiian entertainment to its New York gathering in support of Heisman Trophy finalist Marcus Mariota. The gathering took place at Lexington Brass in Manhattan where school administrators, alumni, and Marcus’ family were in attendance. We had a great time meeting everyone and sharing in the excitement and anticipation. Three local news stations from Hawai’i covered the event.

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Hawaiian music New Jersey

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.

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Hawaiian wedding songs

Hawaiian Wedding Music: Songs for Ukulele or Slack Key Guitar

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 →

hula New Jersey

“Kani Ka Pila” Hawaiian Style in New Jersey

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!

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New York Hawaiian music

HAPA Brings Energetic Hawaiian Music Show to SubCulture (New York, NY)

“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 SadiniaWahine ‘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!

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