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  • 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
  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda Wraps

    In 2006, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii named Carol Yotsuda a “Living Treasure” for her efforts in preserving the culture of Hawaii. Carol is the executive director of the Garden Island Arts Council, a volunteer position she’s held since 1998. She is also a retired teacher, active artist, and she produces E Kanikapila Kakou, a Hawaiian music program held on Monday evenings through March on Kauai. The gatherings are conducted in the style of backyard musical jam sessions for which Hawaii is known. This year’s EKK theme is “The Stories behind the Songs.” Here, Carol recaps three recent performances by Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole and Sean Naauao, Cody Pueo Pata, and Aaron Sala and Snowbird Bento. Read More
  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda on Niihau Performers

    Mama Ane Kanahele, the matriarch figure of the Kanahele family with 8 children of her own, 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild plus several hanai, adopted, children, is the minister of the Hawaiian Church in Waimea, kumu hula, and composer of over 100 songs, mostly himeni, hymns.

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