Wow! It was an exciting opportunity to be a part of the celebrations for the United Nations World Oceans Day hosted onboard the Peace Boat in New York City! Along with the dancers of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima o Nuioka and my fellow musicians, I proudly accepted the invitation to open the day’s festivities… preceding the opening keynote by “Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Founder of Mission Blue. Highlights also included keynote speeches by Fabien Cousteau of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning center and Daniela Fernandez of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance.Read more →
This evening, I had the privilege of participating in a wonderful program, a screening of Kumu Hina with a special musical performance by Hawaiian music stars Kealiʻi Reichel and Shawn Pimental, presented by The Ford Foundation and Philanthropy New York. It was a sold-out New York crowd.
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Henry David Thoreau
The Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and arts/cultural groups in New York City so it was with great pride that Marina and I performed at their 30th Anniversary Gala with honorees Deepak Chopra (author), Vishakha N. Desai (CEO of Asia Society), Fred Ho (Baritone Saxophonist), and Christine Toy Johnson (Actor, Playwright, Filmmaker.)
Congrats to the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre on 35 years!!! Marina and I were invited to bring aloha by performing a Hawaiian song and hula to introduce honoree Daniel Dae Kim at the organization’s 35th Anniversary Gala in New York. Daniel is an alum from Pan Asian Rep’s 1993 production of A Doll’s House and star of TV’s “Hawaii Five-O” and “Lost.” It was an immense honor to present a hula in New York to help celebrate the achievements of both Daniel Dae Kim and the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. It was a very fun evening. The Theater was the first of its kind for developing and showcasing Asian American artists. Island transplant, Nāpua Davoy, was also honored.
Saturday, September 10, 2:00-5:00pm (rain date September 11): Hula performances by Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka every hour, Hawaiian music by Chris Davis, Claudia Goddard and Andy Wang, bake sale, raffle and more! Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima is a hālau (hula school) in NYC.
“Seeing dancers perform so beautifully as the sun sets on the Great South Bay is truly magical. Knowing you are supporting DRA is pretty magical, too.”
– Alan Cumming, FIDF 10 and FIDF 11 Emcee
My first time to Fire Island, New York was quite the adventure. It was great fun playing Hawaiian slack key guitar with my brother for the three hula dancers at the cocktail party. DECADE: 10 Years Of The Fire Island Dance Festival featured unbelievably talented dancers, and we enjoyed watching so many renown dance companies. Thanks to DRA for taking such great care of us and congrats on a successful event. What a gathering of talent and all for a charitable cause.