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  • 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
  • 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
  • Who Needs Zumba When There Is Hula

    Coming off another spectacular performance--Kumu Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett—the week before, a local hula troupe thrilled the 500-strong audience at EKK last Monday. Kumu Lena’ala Pavao Jardin opened with a resonating oli in Hawaiian. As is the custom, she recognized ke akua, God, and her own kumu, Ray Fonseca. “I hope you will see his [Ray’s] love for hula through me,” she said. Read More
  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda Wraps on Frank Hewett

    Kumu hula Frank Kawaikapukalani Hewitt addresses crowd at E Kanikapila Kakou on KauaiFor 28 years, Carol Yotsuda has orchestrated Kauai’s weekly E Kanikapila Kakou, a gathering of Hawaii’s most beloved musical and cultural performers set in a backyard musical jam session. This past Monday, the esteemed Kumu Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and his hula halau performed. In the way that has become her signature, Carol wrote her “wrap story” about the event. Read More
  • Hawaiian Music Legends in Concert

    Hawaiian music legends concert, nathan aweau, ledward kaapana, dennis kamakahiNathan Aweau kicked off the sold out Hawaiian Legends concert this past Saturday at the Kauai Community College’s Performing Art Center.  He played slack key guitar and his preferred instrument—a seven-string bass.  He sang—beautifully, I might add—and, between songs, he told stories.  Many stories.  Funny stories.  The more Hawaiian music concerts I attend, the more I realize that in order to be a Hawaiian musician, you must also a) be a decent storyteller; and b) like to tell funny and embarrassing stories about yourself. 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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  • Musician Makana Goes Mad Hatter on Kauai

    Last night, one of my favorite Hawaiian musicians--slack key guitarist Makana--entertained a few hundred people at a concert hosted by the Garden Island Arts Council themed, “Alice Meets Makana in EKK Wonderland.” The event culminated the three-month-long Hawaiian music concert series on Kauai—E Kanikapila Kakou. Guests were encouraged to come in costume. (I borrowed some wings and a halo from my friend’s two-year-old daughter and played an angel for a few hours.) Read More
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