“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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What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon (Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year!) It is a rare opportunity to have a Hawaiian slack key performance within 40 minutes of my house. It was very cool to participate in a local New Jersey “house concert” thanks to hosts Tim and Lori. If you’re near Wayne, NJ, check them out at www.cabinconcerts.com.
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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!
“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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Time Out New York included Hawai’i among its “Best of 11 States” where they unearth art, food, culture and history from various states, right here in NYC. The list is far from comprehensive, but it was fun seeing my name in print. The shave ice was good too.
“Great instruments just call to be played and are sources of new found inspiration. I am blessed to have such an ukulele in my possession.”
My first outing with my new KoAloha tenor ukulele was a beach wedding in Point Pleasant, NJ. Weddings hold a very special place in my heart. I feel there is no bigger honor than to have a couple invite me into their lives by including me in their wedding celebration! Congrats to the bride and groom, Amanda and Daniel! Perfect weather, great guests, and a beautiful ceremony. They transformed the New Jersey shore into Hawaii by including hula dancers at the reception. It sure is great to be getting outside now, a stark contrast from the cold of January when the ukulele arrived at my doorstep straight from Honolulu.
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On March 14, 2009, Andy (along with The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and Hālāwai) brought the Hawaiian Treasures Celebration Tour featuring George Kahumoku, Jr., Richard Hoʻopiʻi and Dennis Kamakahi to Chatham, NJ. Mahalo nui to all who came from near and far and enjoyed the evening of nahenahe music, hula and story telling.
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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