The distance between Hawaii and New York is nearly 5,000 miles so “New York Hawaiian” may seem like an oxymoron. But it is possible to find aloha in the Big Apple if you know where to look. Just like in my doctored photo above, if you take a step back from the New York hustle and bustle, you can uncover some “local” surprises.
Over four thousand people attended the first Liberty Festival in 2013. Following that success, New York Outrigger, along with title sponsor Hawaiian Airlines, featured an expanded festival village during the competition where onlookers could interact with the participating crews, watch them launch their racing canoes and get a clear view of the race start and finish. We are very proud to represent Polynesian culture through Hawaiian music and hula in New York City.
“In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.”
It has been a tough week for Hawaiian music. We lost two incredible talents, Uncle Dennis Kamakahi and Chino Montero. I think my friend Kāwika Kahiapo said it best, “I just gotta get over the fact that Dennis and Chino got booked on an earlier flight.”
It is great and rare occasion to have multiple Hawaiian slack key guitar players perform in New York. It’s even better to be a part of it. I was honored to join NY slack key guitarist Claudia Goddard as the opening act for Stephen Inglis’ New York City debut. Patrick Landeza and Chris Lau were surprise add ons to the bill too. After this show, Stephen, Patrick and Chris headed to the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival in Virginia. It was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by all.
March is my birthday month so it was both an honor and tremendous birthday treat to be invited to join HAPA for a 4-song hana hou at their show in Blackwood, New Jersey. Thank you Barry Flanagan, Ron Kuala’au, and Tarvin Makia!
On Thursday, November 14, 2014, I performed at the Willows Restaurant in Honolulu, HI. Part of my performance included my fundraising campaign to bring clean water to India. The webcast is available at http://pakelelive.com.
As seen at Huffington Post Hawaii.
On the morning of Sept. 10, I enjoyed the great privilege of standing at the podium of NYSE Euronext as a participant in the opening bell ceremonies, marking the launch of the KraneShares CSI China Five-Year Plan ETF. It had been 21 years since I was a summer intern on the floor, and the scene below me was nearly unrecognizable. Today, the trading floor is littered with flat screens and handheld devices rather than buy/sell pads and torn trade tickets. The number of floor traders has been reduced dramatically, and CNBC’s broadcast stage sits in place of what I understand used to be “Post 9.” It was great to be back, and the history and excitement of standing there was not lost on me.