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HI*Sessions presents Hawaii music to the world

Aloha from Honolulu! Today, I was invited to drop in on a HI*Sessions test shoot.  HI*Sessions is a project started by Dave Kusumoto and Jon Yamasato (Pure Heart) to present intimate, quality live music performances by Hawaiian musicians to the world.

This is a very cool concept that will include video, podcast, blog and photo gallery. I am amazed at the quality of the videos that the team of dedicated volunteers are producing. I had a blast sitting in playing guitar with Jon and Darin for a tune.

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Featured in “Hawaiian Culture Throughout The World”

New Jersey, USA

by Lovena Harwood

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Hawaii? For some folks, its tikis, hula girl dashboard dolls and pineapples. But there is more to Hawaii than souvenirs.

The heritages of the many diverse communities throughout Hawaii enrich the lives of Hawaii citizens. It is this diverseness that helps attract and keep Hawaiian culture alive, even throughout the world.

Finding Hawaiiana outside of Hawaii has always been a challenge but with more Hawaii-born citizens moving away from Hawaii, keeping in touch with one another and sharing their love for the Hawaiian culture has been made easy thanks to the Internet. Local Hawaiian and island flavor recipes are easily exchanged and coming together for kanikapila, pa’inas and luaus are just a couple clicks away.

This months’ feature is Andy Wang of Taropatch.net. I met Andy in the Fall of 2007 when he opened for the Makaha Sons & Hoku Zuttermeister concert in New Hampshire. Hawaiian music has taken Andy to many places with the advantage of meeting other Hawaiian musicians. He also values the opportunities he now has for learning Slack Key Guitar.

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Honolulu Advertiser News

Sharp and major — that’s slack key

The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 19, 2001

By Christie Wilson
Advertiser Neighbor Island Editor

KEHENA, Hawai’i — Hamden, Conn., is a long way from the shores of Hawai’i, and Sarah Whitaker was feeling a bit isolated because there wasn’t another soul nearby who shared her passion for slack-key guitar.

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From left, George Kahu-moku Jr., Ozzie Kotani and Keola Beamer are slack key masters.Christie Wilson • The Honolulu Advertiser

In fact, the only other person she could find who played the uniquely Hawaiian music form was two states away in New Jersey.
That’s why Whitaker, 45, a medical computer graphic illustrator at Yale University, was elated to be at Keola Beamer’s first-ever Aloha Music Camp last week on the Big Island.

“There’re so many things going on, you wish you didn’t have to sleep,” she said. “For us, living so far away in Connecticut, it’s wonderful to be in a group of people where everybody knows what you are talking about.”

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