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  • Edmonton Folk Festival -Travelmates

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    You get a glimpse of the true nature of folks when you travel with them.  For one thing, you spend awfully long days with them in unfamiliar surroundings and out of the comfort of personal routines…     Uncle Richard Hoopii and his wife Ululani Traveling with uncle Richard Hoopii and Aunty Ululani definitely has it’s perks. For one, we always give thanks before our journey, during our Journey, after our Gigs and on our journey way home, so we feel it’s a blessing to be with Richard & Ululani and that God is watching over us as well.  Uncle…

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  • Edmonton Folk Festival with Jake Shimabukuro

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    Meeting up with Jake Shimabukuro in Edmonton was a pleasant surprise. Dave Jacquin his soundman and tour manager and Alex Ferrari his film and videographer accompanied him. I first met Jake in the late 1990′s when he played ukulele and Hawaiian music with Pure Heart, a musical group made up of John Yamasato on vocals and guitar and Lopaka Colon on congas drums. They came to entertain us at a Lahainaluna High School special assembly. I remember Jake as being this small Japanese kid jumping all over the stage playing his Ukulele really fast. Next time I met him was at…

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  • Edmonton Folk Festival, Canada 2014

    My latest trip with the Masters of Hawaiian Music (Uncle Richard Hoopii, Ledward Kaapana and I) was to the Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, which inspired this and the next couple of blog posts… At the festival, we were scheduled for 4 performances. We left Maui on a Wednesday night getting out just before an anticipated tropical storm, arrived Thursday morning, did a concert on Friday, two shows (afternoon and evening performances) on Saturday, and a Sunday afternoon show for a total of 8 hours of music performance in 5 days and 4 nights. The rest of the time we…

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  • Ohana: Birthdays in Santa Cruz

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    This past weekend, the last weekend of July 2014, Nancy and I went to Santa Cruz California to celebrate Nancy and daughter Jessica’s birthdays together… along with extended family and friends. Jessie celebrated a milestone 30 years old, and Nancy made 61 years old. Nancy birthed Jessie at 31 years of age on her own birthday, so they share the same birthday together. We stayed with Wende Stitt and her son Ben in their beautiful house on Chestnut Street in downtown Santa Cruz. We shared meals, went for morning walks along the Bay, collected firewood, had BBQs and bonfires in…

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  • Feeding Orphan Goat Kids

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    Hanai (v.) – to adopt, to be close; to nourish, to sustain. There isn’t a singular definition for the hawaiian word hanai. It was common practice for the Hawaiian people in the olden days to give their first born child to their parents to raise as the highest form of love and respect that one could bestow upon their parents. As time went on the practice extended to the community… to nourish and sustain by adoption. Recently our prize doe Boer** goat “Ha’ole Girl” got her head stuck in the fence and passed away leaving a set of week-old triplets orphans: a…

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