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  • Hula Is Perpetuated in Keauhou

    We gathered to enjoy a day of hula, hosted by Kumu Keala and his halau. A total of 12 halau from around Hawaii Island participated in E Mau Ana Ka Hula, a tribute to King David Kalakaua. The youngest members of the Hawaii Island hula halau known as Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola started the procession. Read More
  • The Poetry of Hawaiian Music

    Close up of koa ukuleleKi hoalu, which translates to English as "loosen the key," is the Hawaiian name for the solo fingerpicked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or "keys") are "slacked" to produce many different tunings.

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  • Makana is on the Move

    Makana plays slack key guitar at Waikiki Aquarium at sunsetPlaying gigs across Hawaii and on the Mainland.  Recording new material in Los Angeles.  Even meeting President Obama at the White House.  His incredible slack-key guitar skills are on display for those lucky to catch one of his live shows. Read More
  • An Interview with the Musician Daniel Ho

    Daniel Ho Slack Key GuitaristDespite winning more Grammy awards than he could safely carry, Daniel Ho remains a kind and giving soul. Speaking with him as he readied for a trip to Japan, he was happy discussing everything from the intricacies of melodic structure to his favorite Hawaiian fish restaurants.

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  • Special Compilation of Songs Promotes Ocean Conservation

    Underwater close up photograph of huge Hawaiian humpback whaleFour-time Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho, ki-ho‘alu master Kawika Kahiapo and singer-songwriter Jack Jonhson are just a few of Hawaii’s finest musicians to collaborate on a CD dedicated to ocean conservation. Kai Palaoa honors Hawaii’s deep and ancient connection to the ocean and encourages others to help protect and conserve its special treasures. Read More
  • Merrie Monarch's Miss Aloha Hula 2011

    Miss Aloha Hula at Merrie Monarch Festival 2011As the sun set and the sky turned purple and, then, dark black, inside the Edith Kanakaole Stadium, the crowd found its seats at the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. Twelve dancers vied for the 2011 title of Miss Aloha Hula. They would each dance one kahiko dance in the ancient tradition and one 'auana dance in the modern tradition, and by the end of the evening just before midnight as the rain fell hard outside, one would be recognized as Miss Aloha Hula.
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  • Merrie Monarch Here We Come

    luana maitland wearing a haku lei on her headThis is Luana Maitland. She is wearing a haku lei, or a lei that is made from braiding or plaiting, in this case, from many different plant materials. The haku lei is traditionally worn on your head, around your wrist or, even, around your ankles. I expect to see all kind of lei in the next few days, as I am headed to Hilo to experience Merrie Monarch Festival—the world-renowned hula competition that honors King David Kalakaua and all things hula. Read More
  • Kokua for Japan and Jake Shimabukuro

    Close up of koa ukuleleWithin hours of the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, people across Hawaii started pledging their support. Two days later, Jake Shimabukuro performed in a fundraiser at Waikiki Beach Walk®, which raised nearly $17,000. A month later, Jake and a whole gang of other Hawaiian musicians played at “Aloha for Japan,” which generated more $3 million in aid for the people of Japan. Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa on Oahu pledged $5,000 and .25 for every shave ice sold during the month of March. On May 1, Hawaiian Airlines presents “Lei Day for Japan,” yet another fundraiser. Read More
  • 2010 Year in Pictures

    In 2010, I traveled around the main Hawaiian Islands, exploring Oahu, Maui, Big Island and, of course, the island on which I live--Kauai.  I always pack one of my various cameras when I travel, either my handy iPhone, portable Canon G9 or my SLR, a Canon 20D with a variety of lenses, including a fun and funky Lensbaby, walk-around 17-85mm, and a super-telephoto Tokina 75-400mm.  I take way more pictures than I ever post on this blog.  Here, in a review of 2010 in pictures, are many of those images that, for one reason or another, were never published.  Enjoy.
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