You should play with real musicians; the best music comes from real people interacting with each other.
– John Fogerty
I celebrated the first day of Spring by cleaning snow off of my car, driving to New York city for a lu’au, and jamming with true masters of Hawaiian music. Thank you to the PS199 PTA Diversity Committee for inviting me to be a part of a very special diversity event. The evening included Polynesian dance by Luana Haraguchi’s Halau Hula O Na Mele Aina O Hawaii, music by your truly, a message from the Polynesian Voyaging Society/Halawai, hula by the students, and a special performance by Led Kaapana and Mike Ka’awa. My surprise for night was the opportunity to play with Led and Mike! Mahalo to the guys for sharing the stage with me. Talk about going to school… the school of JusPress! LOL. The performance was followed by a delicious buffet dinner catered by Onomea. Brooke and everyone involved in planning proved that “Live Aloha” is alive in Manhattan. I cannot think of a better way to have spent a Friday evening on a snowy Spring day in New York city.