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Beautiful Wedding with Ukulele Player in New York

“I cannot think of a bigger honor than to be invited to perform music at an event as personal as a couple’s wedding celebration.”

Weddings are extremely fun. For a musician, weddings generally include ceremony music (prelude – before the ceremony; processional – down the aisle, recessional – end of the ceremony), cocktail hour, and/or the reception. Clients often request a mix of instrumentals and vocals. Not only does Hawaiian music set an island mood, but the tradition includes many poetic love songs very well suited to wedding celebrations. The ukulele and Hawaiian music can provide a celebratory and romantic ambiance for any wedding. It is a privilege to be an ukulele player in New York!

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting amazing brides and grooms as well as their family and friends. I enjoy seeing beautiful venues that I would otherwise never have seen from studio spaces in Manhattan to Long Island beaches. One recent wedding took place in North Salem, New York at the Hammond Museum. Tucked away in the woods is a hidden oasis, a Japanese Stroll Garden, that makes a unique backdrop for any event.

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Hawaiian Music and Hula Show at SCCC Performing Arts Center in New Jersey

What an amazing evening of Hawaiian music and dance at the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College. Thank you to everyone who came to see us and the SCCC staff who treated us so well.

Multi-talented Bill Wynne, a Hula Records recording artist and winner of the Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Singing Contest, and I each played a solo set before joining forces with the beautiful dancers of Polynesian Dance Productions.

The Performing Arts Center at SCCC has become the flagship theater in Northwest New Jersey presenting exceptional entertainment that engages, excites, provokes and inspires both artists and audiences. For more info visit: www.sussex.edu

You do not see your name in lights like this everyday!

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I’m a special guest with Hawaiian music super group HAPA in New York and Massachusetts

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” – Danny Kaye

What an enormous honor to have been part of the HAPA shows in Fall River, MA and New York City. The New York Times called HAPA “the most successful Hawaiian music troupe in recent history.” What a trip to be a “special guest” with HAPA for two days!

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Hawaii High Schools Come To New York City

Saturday, January 23, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

I had the pleasure of playing music with Chris Masagatani (Kamehameha ’97) at the All Hawaii Alumni Connect brunch at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. There were five Hawaii schools in attendance. It was a fun day of socializing, school spirit, and a privilege to be invited to play music during brunch for the many island transplants here in New York.

The outnumbered Kamehameha grads (relative to Punahou) deemed me an honorary alumnus for the day. ‘Imi Na‘auao! smiley

Hawaiian music New York

Opening for the Mākaha Sons in Stratham, NH

“Well done, is twice done.” – Benjamin Franklin

What an honor to be a part of the Mākaha Sons show, the second time in three years. Returning to Stratham, NH was a unique and valued opportunity to experience the show from a performer’s perspective – going through sound check, watching the Sons do their thing, and just hanging out. As a “non-touring musician”, I personally learned so much on stage in front of a captive audience. It was a contrast to playing music during cocktail hour or playing back up to hula dancers. All are fun, but taking to the big stage holds great promise that I might pick up some gems from the Mākaha Sons’ 30+ years of performing experience.

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