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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
  • 'Ulalena at Maui Theatre

    I walked into the Maui Theater a couple weeks ago knowing little about ‘Ulalena: A Story of Hawaii’s People. I left knowing this. ‘Ulalena. What it is: A theatrical interpretation of the history of Hawaii from the cultural point of view of the Hawaiians. ‘Ulalena. What it is not: A lu’au experience.

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  • Maui Snares the Sun

    Someone asked me last year what my preferred super powers would be if a trail of smoke spiraled up from a bottle and materialized into a genie. And my answer, my super hero of choice: Maui, the Hawaiian demi-god who is credited with many feats. Using his magic hook, he fished up the Hawaiian Islands out of the sea. He carried the sky on his back up all 10,023 feet of Haleakala on the island that bears his name and pushed the sky higher. He discovered the secret of fire making from a bird. But that's not all.

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  • 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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  • In Hawaii: Expect Nothing. Be Ready for Anything.

    Last month, I flew to Maui for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. I arrived at the Saturday afternoon Kapalua Wine Tour at The Ritz-Carlton promptly at 12:45 p.m. I hauled my laptop, two cameras, digital voice recorder, phone, notepad and pens in my favorite traveling backpack—the Sherpani Tosca. That meant my hands were free for things like, oh, wine. Read More
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