In Hawaiian, “kani ka pila” literally means “the instrument (makes a) sound” and has come to be used to describe a backyard jam session. Thanks to Mainstage Center for the Arts and the Township of Gloucester, “Kani Ka Pila” was a night of Hawaiian music and hula featured as part of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series in Veteran’s Park. It is a rare occasion to have two New Jersey residents headlining a Hawaiian music show in the Garden State. As it turns out, the evening ended up feeling like two separate shows. It was a 2 for 1, and the price was right – FREE!
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!
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.
My friend Kris saw this street sign in Honolulu and thought of me, well because, I am in New Jersey. I posit that this is documented proof that “aloha” exists in the Garden State. After all, we have Hawaiian luaus, hula, and music.
In fact, the states of Hawaii and New Jersey do not only meet at the intersection of Palolo Ave and New Jersey Ave.
What an amazing evening of Hawaiian music and dance at the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College. Thank you to everyone who came to see us and the SCCC staff who treated us so well.
Multi-talented Bill Wynne, a Hula Records recording artist and winner of the Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Singing Contest, and I each played a solo set before joining forces with the beautiful dancers of Polynesian Dance Productions.
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You do not see your name in lights like this everyday!
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.
“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.
“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.