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  • Nov 17: A Day in the Life…

    List of things to do for today Monday: Harvest pack & plant more Mint Harvest & pack Bananas Plant Beets Weedwack walkways & gulch areas Continue to shear sheep and spray for fly strike Breakfast : leftover grilled Alaskan wild salmon, poke fish with inamona & limu Kohu, steamed left over Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie rice, 1 tablespoon  mayonnaise and dash of tobacco , farm grown pickled un-choy kim-chee and 1 tomato – slice of left over Okinawa sweet potato. Bury dead chicken Broadcast yesterday’s sheep shearing around bananas for fertilizer! Count my blessings for good health mind & spirit-…

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  • Pa‘a ‘Aina Preparations for Kingston

    On November 22, 2014 there will be a celebration for the first birthday of Kingston Keanula‘iokahana Carvalho-Baylosis. We are in the midst of a whole series of food preparations because it’s the fist year baby luau for my hanai grand nephew Kingston Keanula‘iokahana Carvalho-Baylosis.  His dad is Vince Baylosis and Brandi Carvalho is his mom. On November 22, 2014 we are going to celebrate his 1-year-old birthday. It is Hawaiian cultural tradition where each right of passage calls for a celebration or Pa‘ina or commonly called Luau today. The correct name of the celebration should be Pa‘a ‘Aina or Pa‘ina…

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  • Aunty Addie -100th Birthday Celebration

    I received a phone call from Aunty Patty Nishiyama  while I was on my 44-day music tour a few weeks ago. She asked me if I was available on Sunday Oct 26, 2014, the day after I returned from touring, to help celebrate and play for Aunty Adelaide Kaiwi Kuamu Sylva’s 100th Birthday. I immediately said yes and arranged for a performance under the famous Lahaina Banyan Tree. I knew Aunty Addie’s grandson Archie Kalepa from my days living on Hawaiian Homestead Lands in Lahaina where we met at several community meetings. I also taught several of Tutu Ade’s grand…

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  • Just Back after 44 days On The Road

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    I just got back from touring 10 states and doing about 30 gigs and Hawaiian Slack Key guitar and ukulele workshops in 44 days on the road! We (Led Kaapana, Uncle Richard Hoopii and I) even landed a review in the NY Times for our efforts  -see the previous Blog post here or go to the NYTimes.com website. [“Virtuosic Keepers of a Cultural Flame” by Nate Chinen. [ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/arts/music/masters-of-hawaiian-music-play-at-subculture.html?_r=0 ] I really got recharged being on the road with Nancy and the gang. I looked at over 50 books in Portland OR and read about 4 books cover to cover…

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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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