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Hula at American Girl Place in New York City

Skye and I were honored to perform at American Girl Place at 75 Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the launch of Native Hawaiian doll, Nanea Mitchell. Her character grows up during World War II. We enjoyed performing Hawaiian songs and teaching young girls how to dance hula. We appreciate Nanea’s story of resilience, responsibility to others, and contributing for the common good — or kōkua, as it’s known in Hawaiʻi.

Mahalo American Girl!

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Hawaiian Music at James Beard House (New York, NY)

In addition to its excellent Thai cuisine, Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower in Honolulu is a premier venue for some of Hawaii’s most famous island musicians. I am honored that the Hawaii Restaurant Association, Oahu Visitors Bureau, and Stryker Weiner & Yokota asked me to perform at James Beard House for a second consecutive year. It is a very unique opportunity to pair Hawaiian slack key guitar with a well known island chef and delicious food/drink, transforming the West Village into Aloha Tower for the evening. This evening, I performed solo Hawaiian slack key guitar that included instrumentals, traditional, and contemporary Hawaiian songs.

For more information, visit The Beard House.

By the way, the food was ‘ono!

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Hawaiian Music and Hula at Kona Brewing Mid-Atlantic launch (New Jersey)

Thank you to everyone at Craft Brew Alliance and Kona Brewing Co. Despite the cold wintry weather outside, the beer, Hawaiian music, and dancers of Aloha Hula NYC brought plenty of warmth to this special event in Jersey City. I enjoyed hearing the presentation by Kona Brewing president Mattson Davis, visiting from Kona’s brewery in Kailua-Kona. Kudos to the company for their efforts to promote an authentic Hawaiian experience. With a mix of traditional and Hawaiian music, plus the hula dancers, it felt like an event in Waikiki.

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