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  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda Wraps

    Destination: Kauai

    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.

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  • Guest Blogger Carol Yotsuda on Niihau Performers

    Destination: Kauai

    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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  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda on Puakea Nogelmeier

    Destination: Kauai

    Close up of koa ukuleleGuest blogger Carol Yotsuda recaps the third performance of E Kanikapila Kakou on Kauai. In its 27th year, the Hawaiian music program is held Monday evenings through March. The gatherings are conducted in the style of backyard musical jam sessions for which Hawaii is known, with many bringing their own ukulele to strum along and hula dancers stepping up to share their gifts. This year’s theme is “The Stories behind the Songs.” The February 1st event featured award-winning composer and Hawaiian language specialist Puakea Nogelmeier. He was accompanied by Lolena Niau Nicholas and Hauoli Akaka.

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  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda on an Avalanche of Fans

    Destination: Kauai

    What this all boils down to is that we experienced an avalanche of music fans for one of Hawaii’s favorite sons – Eddie Kamae of the Sons of Hawaii, a true cultural icon who has mentored countless musicians over his lifetime, and father and son Kamakahi, about whom Eddie says, “I am so proud of Dennis Kamakahi and his son David who are carrying on the tradition of music.” 

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  • Guest Blogger: Carol Yotsuda

    Destination: Kauai

    George’s introduction to playing music at age 11 is his famous story about cleaning cars for Lippy Espinda at ten cents a car and playing a three-minute gig for Kui Lee at Forbidden City that scored him $27.10 from the appreciative audience of construction workers and stevedores.

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  • Makana Packs the House on Kauai

    Destination: Kauai

    Makana music CD coversLast night, the contemporary slack key guitarist Makana played solo at the Tahitian Lanai Bar & Grill at the Waipouli Beach Resort on Kaua'i.  The Tahitian Lanai Bar & Grill is a small restaurant--open air with an ocean view.  Few knew about the restaurant on Kaua'i's east side.  That is, until Makana performed there last night.  He packed the house.

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